Kickstarter Launched For Japanese Manhole Art Designs On T-Shirts

by Dave on Feb 01 2018 |

Way back in 2015 we declared man hole covers in Japan "cute." And now two Irishmen living in Japan have backed that statement via Kickstarter to help support creating t-shirts depicting unique manhole art across Japan's 47 prefectures. Read full story...

Meet Kumamon, Japan's Most Popular Bear Mascot!

by Japan Yay! Staff on Sep 05 2017 |

An adorable and pudgy bear has recently been taking over hearts in Japan. He's earned international interest by those who have been amused and charmed by his pudgy body and large eyes.

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CHICAGO EVENTS: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya to Hold Anime Movie Nights for a Cause

by Issa on Aug 09 2017 |

Want to eat ramen, watch anime and make a difference? Then head over to the Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago this August.

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Ride the Pokemon-themed train in Japan This Summer!

by Amy on Jul 14 2017 |

Riding trains in Japan is always a treat. With the plush seats, immaculate cleanliness and quiet ride, what’s not to enjoy? What would make the experience even more entertaining would be if you could spot your favorite Pokemon characters like Pikachu along the trip. Now you can with a Pokemon-themed train called “Pokemon with You!” 40,000 fans have ridden on the train since 2012. This year, it’s returned once more with some upgrades. Read full story...

4 Places You Might Want To Consider Putting On Your Japan Trip Itinerary List!

by Japan Yay! Staff on Jul 11 2017 |

Ready to visit Japan? As a first time visitor to Japan, planning an itinerary can be a daunting task. Japan is a country of breathtaking landscapes, picturesque architecture, and a vibrant culture. During America's summer months of June and July, Japan experiences its rainy season; followed by a hot and humid August. Plan your itinerary and packing accordingly! Be sure to bring your camera and comfortable shoes to visit this top destinations and attractions in Japan.

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World’s First Starbucks with Tatami Rooms Opened Last Week in Kyoto

by Amy on Jul 05 2017 |

Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital with a multitude of historic attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Now, a new attraction can be added to your touring list when you visit this gorgeous city: Starbucks. Starbucks Japan has opened inside an old two-story Japanese home that is over 100 years old in Kyoto. The home-turned-store faces Ninenzaka, a popular street lined with traditional shops that leads from Kiyomizu temple to Kodaiji temple. Read full story...

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