Find Out Which Japanese Rice Cooker and Dishwasher Are the Best

Have you ever wondered what’s in Japan’s water to make sushi rice look mouth-watering good? That same water can also clean an amazingly dirty gyūdon bowl; but the true secret ingredient to either of these is not the water, it’s the Japanese appliances. People from nearby Asian countries fly to Japan just to get their hands on the country’s rice cookers and compact dishwashers and if they can’t take it with them by plane, they’re sure to use a buying service like FROMJAPAN to get them. > Read More

7 Tips for the Fukubukuro Hunting Season

Fukubukuro Season in Japan is basically the equivalent of Black Friday in the United States. Starting from the day after New Years and usually lasting until January 5, stores try to get rid of products left over from the previous year, by packaging them into bags called fukubukuro and selling them at ridiculously discounted prices. Usually, the fukubukuro is sealed to prevent you from looking inside, basically making it a mystery shopping event; however, in an effort to draw more customers recently some stores have departed from the surprise aspect and now post fliers showing what's inside. > Read More

A Guide to Comiket: Beyond the Myths

The Comic Market, or Comiket as it is more widely known, takes place twice a year at Tokyo Big Sight and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each time. For those that are not familiar with this huge event, this article will hopefully help you understand the significance of this event for manga and anime lovers living in Japan. At Comiket, artists of all trades sell their self-made works. These can be music CDs, figures and plushies, doujinshi, and even games. Most of these works are based on anime, manga, or specific Japanese games such as Kantai Collection or Touhou. > Read More

Where to Buy Doujinshi

(Image Source: Finding good doujinshi is often a cause for major headaches. This is especially true for international buyers due to the limited numbers of available stock, even within Japan, causing many foreigners to head to Japan just to get their paws on a doujinshi by their favorite circle. > Read More

What Is Doujinshi?

Doujinshi are usually self-published works made by amateurs to the publishing scene, but published artists are also known to dabble in doujinshi as a way to release works that aren’t otherwise suitable for general publication. They can be divided into two main categories—originals and spin-offs of existing works in the market, though the latter seems more common in recent years. > Read More

A Beginners Guide to Japanese Fashion Subcultures for Girls Part 2

Note: Japanese subcultures can be considered vintage, since many of them are inspired by the past. They have distinguishing features from the 1960's all the way up to the 1990's. The American Art Culture plays a big part in Japanese subculture fashion till this day. Yamanba-kei. Considered the rarest amongst Japanese fashion subcultures. This look requires the wearer to apply heavy dark brown makeup to the face, which has also already been tanned along with the entire body. The wearer must then apply white makeup around the eyes and long lashes; some Yamanba actually paint theirs on. The > Read More

A Beginners Guide to Japanese Fashion Subcultures for Girls Part 1

The fashion industry is fast pace and ultra-creative. Every fashionista knows their fashion capitols: New York, Paris, Milan, Miami, and of course Japan! The fashion in Japan is out of this world. They have everything. Japanese fashion subcultures have been revered and copied ever since the 1980’s. This listing should give you an over view of the latest and most up to date of all the Japanese fashion trends. DECORA-kei This trend was spawned by the magazine FRUiTS and made popular by their first cover girl Aki Kobayashi. Dressing Decora style means wearing lots of plastic barrettes, > Read More

An Introduction to Popular Japanese Online Fashion Stores

Online shopping malls used to be considered as a novelty until recently it became a staple part of anyone’s shopping experience. The key benefits of online shopping include better prices, convenience, a discreet and safer shopping experience, and offers a wider variety of products. This is why various consumer analysts were not surprised that the Japanese consumers suddenly behaved like their western counterparts in Europe and America. Online shopping paved its way to the Japanese consumers who are known and celebrated for their willingness to pay any amount in exchange of quality products > Read More

Contrasts and Similarities between Western and Japanese Fashion Movements

When you really think about it, Japan and Western fashion has a lot of similarities. In fact it would be true to say that the two cultures feed off of each other when it comes to inspiration and style, particularly in high fashion and streetwear. Both see what the other is doing and are mutually influenced, shaping the fashion landscape for today’s modern time. > Read More

A Beginners Guide to Japanese Fashion Subcultures for Guys

Hi, Masa! Is it true that everyone in Japan wears Samurai-style kimono? What? No! No one is wearing Samurai-style kimono these days. Really!? I thought Japanese people still wear kimono... Well, there are a few occasions where we still wear traditional kimono and yukata, for example when going to a hanabi festival or on the Coming of Age day. But nowadays you will find in Japan a huge variety of fashion styles, for example Onii-kei, Salon-kei, Kireime-kei, Street-kei etc. By the way, "kei" is Japanese and means "style". Read below to find out more > Read More