BT21 – BTS’ Adorable Collaboration with LINE Friends

Have you heard of BTS? That’s a silly question to ask, of course you have. BTS (also known as the Bangtan Boys or Beyond the Scene) is hard to miss no matter where you are in the world. In between giving keynote speeches at the UN and sitting on Ellen Degeneres’s couch, you wouldn’t think the seven members of BTS would have enough time to also create the eight BT21 characters! BT21 is a series of super adorable characters in partnership with Line Friends, a character-oriented subsidiary of the messenger app Line. The characters were officially introduced in 2018 with each character based > Read More

Interview Roundup of Japanese Cosplay Girls at Comiket (Comic Market) 94

Sailor Moon Cosplay Girl Interview Watch our interview with the cosplayer who puts the pretty in Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon! 💖 As Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon is one of the most beloved anime series both in Japan and around the world, it was no surprise that we were able to find many of the Sailor Soldiers at Summer Comiket 94. But this Sailor Moon cosplayer caught our eye with her sexy take on the classic magical girl character. Check out our interview with this cosplay girl. Click to find your own Sailor Moon cosplay and more! Love Live! Honoka and Kotori Cosplay Girls > Read More

Back to school – otaku style!

Updated in August 2018 to add fresh items. Enjoy! Are you excited to go back to school? There’s nothing like that back-to-school feeling - the thrill of newness, excitement to see old and new friends, the slight tinge of sadness that summer is ending, the anticipation of the cool autumn chill in the air… One of the BEST things is back-to-school shopping, and stationery paradise Japan has some of the most covetable equipment for any school bag. You can show your love for your favorite characters from any genre down to the last pencil shaving. Whether you’re K12 or post-graduate, or even if > Read More

10 Best Japanese Makeup Brands You May Not Know About

Japan consistently places in the top five of global makeup markets, and a simple stroll through one of Tokyo’s famed department stores instantly reveals the elite status Japan’s beauty products hold for women from every walk of life. Japanese makeup follows a philosophy of nurturing self-care that highlights natural longevity and promotes a youthful glow through moisturizing layers and clarifying ingredients. To help you find the perfect palette for your look and more of your future faves, here are our top 10 recommendations for Japanese makeup brands to revitalize your cosmetics collection. > Read More

Kitan Club Cat Hats: Cute Costume Headwear for Kitties

Japan is full of impeccably well-dressed pets, offering a broad range of pet clothes and costumes for both dogs and cats. Innovative capsule toy maker Kitan Club, the quirky geniuses behind such hits as Cup no Fuchiko and Putitto, have perfected the art of simple kitty transformations with their Neko no Kaburimono series. Whirlwind Japanese lesson: neko is cat, and no is the possessive particle. Just like kimono comes from kiru + mono = a thing you wear, kaburu + mono = a thing you wear on your head! The most literal translation might be Cats’ Headwear, but we can never resist a rhyme - > Read More

Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary: 11 Hit Works From the Early Years

What comics shaped your childhood? For generations, the answer in Japan has been “Shonen Jump!” This manga juggernaut first starter publishing their Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology in 1968, making it the longest-running such magazine. Due to its status and influence, Weekly Shonen Jump is being duly celebrated, including a three-part series of special exhibits featuring titles from the the three main eras of its half-century existence: Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 1 - from the first issue until the end of the 80s (July 18 to October 15, 2017) Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 2 - > Read More

Cosplay Wig Tutorial: Tips for Buying Your First Wig

Cosplaying as your favorite anime characters is a special part of otaku culture, and when it comes to putting the finishing touches on your costume, a wig can make or break your look. After all, many of anime’s most popular figures can be recognized by their hair alone—just think of Sailor Moon’s twintails or Goku’s gravity-defying spikes. To help you pick the perfect wig for your performance, check out FROM JAPAN’s cosplay guide on choosing the right head of hair! Choosing a Cosplay Wig Once you’ve decided on a character, it’s time to choose a wig that will do him or her justice—but where > Read More

10 Japanese Humidifiers to Give Your Space a Breath of Fresh Air

This winter, give your home or work space a breath of fresh air with these 10 energy-saving and portable Japanese humidifiers that are sure to help you relax, hydrate, and soothe your senses. Japanese Natural Humidifiers Mast Eco Humidifier Set sail on a sea of cypress fragrance with the Mast Eco Humidifier. This environmentally friendly humidifier takes inspiration from the flowing sails of a yacht to create a soothing design that’s delicate enough to wave in a passing breeze. When you’re ready for a relaxing voyage to comfort, simply pour water into the container and the sails will > Read More

Japanese House Slippers to Keep You Comfortable Year-Round

Whether you want to step into the sole of Japanese culture, improve your health from the toes up, or simply make your staycation a little cozier, you can find a pair of indoor footwear to fit your needs with our list of Japanese house slippers, shoes, sandals. Japanese Shoe Size Charts Japan uses a different measuring system than Western countries, so it’s important to make sure you know your size before you buy. Check out our sizing guide for Japanese clothing, or the Japanese shoe size charts below. Adults Source: Claus Färber on Wikimedia Kids Source: Claus Färber on > Read More

Monstrous Godzilla Merchandise That Will Have You Roaring for More

On November 3 1954, Godzilla rose from the sea, leaving a massive radioactive footprint on Japan—and cinematic history. Over the past 63 years, the mythical monster has earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, become a cultural ambassador for Tokyo, and captured the hearts of fans around the world with its lumbering gait and sympathetic origin story. To celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first theatrical release, we’ve put together a list of monstrous merch that takes Japan’s favorite kaiju calamity to new heights! Bandai Godzilla Figures Bandai – S.H.MonsterArts: Godzilla > Read More