The ultimate act of love? The truth behind Japan's charaben culture

Adorable "kawaii" food is uniquely ascendant in Japan.
In eateries across the country, diners feast on dishes made to resemble Snoopy, Moomin, and Peter Rabbit. Bakeries sculpt sweet and savory tre...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months ago | 4 comments

Japan's iconic giant Gundam fires its last shot in Tokyo

The iconic giant Gundam that has protected citizens in Tokyo, Japan since 2009 is officially no more.

After its last show on March 5, the 59-foot (18-meter) tall RX-78 Gundam replica was officially...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months ago | 1 comment

The Life-Size Gundam In Tokyo Will Be Replaced By The Unicorn Gundam This Fall

Today marks the last day of the life-size Gundam in Tokyo, as it is now going to be dismantled. However, not only are there plans to create a life-size Gundam that walks by 2019 but we are also get...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments

First look at artwork by Yayoi Kusama at Ginza Six complex, opening spring 2017

The center of the complex, which is set to open on April 20th, will also host an exhibition space overseen by Mori Art Museum’s Fumio Nanjo. The debut exhibition will be an installation by Yayoi Ku...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 1 week ago | 1 comment

Every year, a Japanese village in northern Aomori Prefecture creates field-sized, living, 3D paintings made of coloured rice shoots.

From ground level, it didn’t look like much. In fact, the scene looked like a lot of rural Japan: rice paddies with tender shoots in shades of green, rippling in the wind and stretching off into th...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments

8 Contemporary Japanese Novelists (Who Aren’t Haruki Murakami)

When Japanese bookshops opened up at midnight on Feb. 24 for his book launch event, Haruki Murakami was back in the news and back on our shelves. Although no publication date has yet been set for t...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments

Tatoo craftsman Yoshihito Nakano

Rather than a typical tattoo parlor, the room resembled a tiny school library filled with hundreds of books on everything from paintings to Chinese calligraphy. However, there were some clues point...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 1 week ago | 1 comment

Art In Unexpected Places: “Blossom Blast 2017”

Serendipity brings with it all kinds of gifts. Sometimes chance meetings or random conversations can start new friendships, ideas, and collaborations. Other times when the timing is right, a simple...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment

Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside

The mountain town of Karuizawa is about an hour’s train ride northwest of Tokyo, a journey that zooms past the small, heartbreaking scenes of beauty that any traveler here knows, an endlessly repea...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment

Legendary Japanese animator Miyazaki comes out of retirement for new film

Here is some great news for all of you Studio Ghibli Anime fans.

Oscar-winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement to work on a new animated feature film, a producer at Stud...

posted by  Yubi | 9 months, 2 weeks ago | 4 comments


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