Revealing Japan’s game culture and innovative history “Game Chronicle” focuses on the complex world of Japanese games — which draws fans into a whirlwind of excitement and innovation. In this feature, we cover four eras of Japanese games (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s) and 100 topics — including hardware and software evolution, arcade games, latest e-sports, and Japan’s longtime favorite traditional games. SEE ALL

IJC GAME

  • e-Sports
    06
    e-Sports
  • GAME CENTER
    05
    GAME CENTER
  • SPACE INVADERS
    03
    SPACE INVADERS
  • SHOGI
    07
    SHOGI
  • FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
    01
    FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
  • PLAY STATION
    02
    PLAY STATION
  • GAME CREATOR
    04
    GAME CREATOR
Japanese craftsmanship is a way of life for artisans who continue faithfully making their traditional crafts while devoting themselves to enhancing their skills. We at ANA focus this year’s “Is Japan Cool?” project Japanese artisans with expert command of unusual techniques inherited from ancient times — now rare intoday’s world. Feature articles spotlight the spirit oftradition that dwells in these often unknown artisans who support Japanese people’s lives and cultures with the works they make by hand. The project team wishes to reach as many people as possible and share the true stories of these artisans and their treasured craft legacies. SEE ALL

IJC CRAFTSMANSHIP

  • SAMURAI AVATAR
    08
    SAMURAI AVATAR
  • SENSHOKU-KA
    05
    SENSHOKU-KA
  • EDOKIRIKO
    01
    EDOKIRIKO
  • SUKIYA-DAIKU
    04
    SUKIYA-DAIKU
  • SUMI-SHOKUNIN
    07
    SUMI-SHOKUNIN
  • KACCHU-SHI
    03
    KACCHU-SHI
  • FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
    06
    FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
  • KATANA-KAJI
    02
    KATANA-KAJI
DOU is the way of life that comes close to reaching the essence of existence in pursuit of one’s own field. This time, we at ANA focus on introducing the ways of Japanese traditional martial arts and performing/fine arts legacies accumulated over long eras and inherited by many artists from ancient times to the present. We want to help pass along these intangible cultural assets to new generations in a “tangible” manner. SEE ALL

IJC DOU

  • NOH
    03
    NOH
  • KYUDO
    08
    KYUDO
  • NIHONBUYO
    05
    NIHONBUYO
  • KENDO
    01
    KENDO
  • SHODO
    02
    SHODO
  • JUDO
    09
    JUDO
  • SADO
    04
    SADO
  • IAI
    07
    IAI
  • KARATEDO
    06
    KARATEDO
You’ll find matsuri all over Japan, throughout the four seasons. Each matsuri is unique — in form, formality, faith, fun, and local culture. Some are solemn religious rituals; others test bravery, celebrate community, share happiness. Despite differences, matsuri are alike in one way. All reflect Japanese tradition, handed down over generations. SEE ALL

IJC MATSURI

  • MENBURYU
    05
    MENBURYU
  • AWA ODORI
    04
    AWA ODORI
  • NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
    06
    NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
  • NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
    02
    NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
  • NEBUTA MATSURI
    03
    NEBUTA MATSURI
  • SANJA MATSURI
    01
    SANJA MATSURI
The virtual IJC Museum in the Cloud allows visitors like you to enjoy modern artworks
by Japan’s representative artists.
You can view works from all directions with 360° freedom and get so close
that you can see the subtlest details and even feel the presence of the artists.
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IJC MUSEUM JAPANESE ART MUSEUM IN THE CLOUD

  • HISASHI TENMYOUYA
    Exhibition 07
    HISASHI TENMYOUYA
  • TABAIMO
    Exhibition 04
    TABAIMO
  • YAYOI KUSAMA
    Exhibition 01
    YAYOI KUSAMA
  • TAKU OBATA
    Exhibition 05
    TAKU OBATA
  • Nerhol
    Exhibition 02
    Nerhol
  • KOHEI NAWA
    Exhibition 06
    KOHEI NAWA
  • MANABU IKEDA
    Exhibition 03
    MANABU IKEDA
IS JAPAN COOL? WASHOKU IS JAPAN COOL? WASHOKU
Japan’s richly diverse food culture was born and nurtured in the clear distinctions of the four seasons.
The blessings of Japanese natural beauty are reflected in washoku — Japanese cuisine —
featuring seasonally varied food ingredients.
Here we focus on truly cool facets of washoku,
which minimizes excess and takes full advantage of the essential taste of each ingredient.
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IS JAPAN COOL? WASHOKU

  • WHISKY
    WHISKY

    ウイスキー

    Suntory Yamazaki Distillery / Seiichi Koshizumi

    • cool
      36
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    12
  • TEMPURA
    TEMPURA

    天婦羅

    Seiju / Yoshiaki Shimizu

    • cool
      170
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    4
  • ODEN
    ODEN

    おでん

    Asakusa Oden Otafuku / Sakae Funadaiku

    • cool
      73
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    5
  • KAISEKI
    KAISEKI

    懐石

    Yanagihara School of Traditional Japanese Cuisine / NAOYUKI YANAGIHARA

    • cool
      576
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    2
  • KATSUOBUSHI
    KATSUOBUSHI

    鰹節

    Fushitaka / Katsuhiko Nakano

    • cool
      50
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    8
  • WASABI
    WASABI

    山葵

    Wasabi-en Kadoya / Nobuaki Inaba

    • cool
      46
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    9
  • RICE CAKES
    RICE CAKES

    Nakatanidou / Mitsuo Nakatani

    • cool
      56
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    6
  • SUSHI
    SUSHI

    寿司

    Sushi Aoki / Toshikatsu Aoki

    • cool
      39
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    11
  • RAMEN
    RAMEN

    ラーメン

    Ippudo / Shigemi Kawahara

    • cool
      54
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    7
  • SUKIYAKI
    SUKIYAKI

    すき焼き

    Ningyocho Imahan Honten / Tetsuro Takaoka

    • cool
      33
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    13
  • SOBA
    SOBA

    蕎麦

    Ishiusu Soba / MD Chowdhury

    • cool
      41
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    10
  • RICE VINEGAR
    RICE VINEGAR

    お酢

    Iio Jozo Company / Akihiro Iio

    • cool
      350
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    3
  • URUSHI
    URUSHI

    漆芸

    URUSHI ARTIST / Suzanne Ross

    • cool
      630
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    1
IS JAPAN COOL? SHOPIING IS JAPAN COOL? SHOPIING

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS + ISETAN MITSUKOSHI

Shopping can be one of the coolest, most enjoyable events of a trip to Japan.
Among many stores, Japan’s department stores are filled with cultural entertainment,
where you’ll find intriguing products, seasonal goods/foods, and omotenashi (Japanese hospitality).
This feature shares attractions at the popular Mitsukoshi Isetan department store.
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IS JAPAN COOL? SHOPIING

  • Metal tableware
    Metal tableware

    金属食器

    • cool
      62
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    15
  • Cosmetics
    Cosmetics

    化粧品

    • cool
      48
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    17
  • ANREALAGE
    ANREALAGE

    アンリアレイジ

    • cool
      140
    • no cool
      16
    ranking
    8
  • Department store basement
    Department store basement

    デパ地下

    • cool
      158
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    7
  • Wrapping
    Wrapping

    ラッピング

    • cool
      238
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    4
  • Tenugui (Japanese towels)
    Tenugui (Japanese towels)

    手拭

    • cool
      95
    • no cool
      1
    ranking
    14
  • Daruma
    Daruma

    達磨

    • cool
      104
    • no cool
      2
    ranking
    12
  • Kimono
    Kimono

    着物

    • cool
      222
    • no cool
      39
    ranking
    6
  • Nishikigoi
    Nishikigoi

    錦鯉

    • cool
      284
    • no cool
      12
    ranking
    3
  • SIRI SIRI
    SIRI SIRI

    SIRISIRI

    • cool
      238
    • no cool
      22
    ranking
    5
  • Japanese sake
    Japanese sake

    日本酒

    • cool
      1183
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    1
  • Picks
    Picks

    楊枝

    • cool
      51
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    16
  • Japanese knives
    Japanese knives

    包丁

    • cool
      135
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    10
  • Nambu ironware
    Nambu ironware

    南部鉄器

    • cool
      138
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    9
  • Elevator attendants
    Elevator attendants

    エレベーターアテンダント

    • cool
      536
    • no cool
      28
    ranking
    2
  • Hasamiyaki ceramics
    Hasamiyaki ceramics

    波佐見焼

    • cool
      101
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    13
  • Candycrafts
    Candycrafts

    あめ細工

    • cool
      123
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    11
IS JAPAN COOL? DREAMS IS JAPAN COOL? DREAMS
Japanese anime, manga and games show Japanese “strength to dream” to the world.
Imaginative visions are transformed into reality through unique Japanese creativity and craftsmanship.
Now, some of these dreams are spreading around the globe, shaping culture and inspiring creative imagination worldwide.
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IS JAPAN COOL? DREAMS

  • NEXT GENERATION
    NEXT GENERATION

    NEXT GENERATION

    • cool
      199
    • no cool
      1
    ranking
    8
  • GAME BAR
    GAME BAR

    ゲームバー

    • cool
      206
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    7
  • TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
    TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD

    鳥取(ゲゲゲの鬼太郎)

    • cool
      1220
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    2
  • ANIME PILGRIMAGE
    ANIME PILGRIMAGE

    鷲宮神社(らき☆すた)

    • cool
      193
    • no cool
      2
    ranking
    9
  • BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
    BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS

    脳波ネコミミ

    • cool
      182
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    10
  • AKIRA BIKE
    AKIRA BIKE

    AKIRA BIKE

    • cool
      2296
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    1
  • VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
    VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES

    真空管ヘッドフォン

    • cool
      160
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    11
  • FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
    FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM

    藤子・F・不二雄ミュージアム

    • cool
      655
    • no cool
      2
    ranking
    3
  • 3D LATTE ART
    3D LATTE ART

    3Dラテアート

    • cool
      651
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    4
  • KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
    KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO

    鉄人28号

    • cool
      131
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    12
  • OSAMU TEZUKA
    OSAMU TEZUKA

    手塚治虫記念館

    • cool
      131
    • no cool
      1
    ranking
    13
  • OTAKU CAMERA
    OTAKU CAMERA

    OTAKUカメラ

    • cool
      276
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    6
  • SPACE BROTHERS
    SPACE BROTHERS

    宇宙兄弟、小山宙哉氏

    • cool
      302
    • no cool
      1
    ranking
    5
IS JAPAN COOL? RAMEN IS JAPAN COOL? RAMEN
Ramen is undoubtedly one of Japan’s national foods, and eventually everyone discovers his or her very own favorite.
Unlike other types of Japanese noodles, ramen comes in myriad variations,
the ultimate flavor of each decided by the master of the shop in which it is served.
Recently, local specialty ramen dishes are finding new fans outside their regions of origin.
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  • Kurume Ramen

    Kurume, Fukuoka

    • cool
      122
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    5
  • Shirakawa Ramen

    Shirakawa, Fukushima

    • cool
      63
    • no cool
      11
    ranking
    18
  • Kagoshima Ramen

    Kagoshima, Kagoshima

    • cool
      59
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    20
  • Kasaoka Ramen

    Kasaoka, Okayama

    • cool
      65
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    15
  • Hida Takayama Ramen

    Takayama, Gifu

    • cool
      50
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    24
  • Sanmah Ramen

    Kanagawa

    • cool
      31
    • no cool
      6
    ranking
    36
  • Toyama Ramen

    Toyama, Toyama

    • cool
      79
    • no cool
      6
    ranking
    10
  • Kushiro Ramen

    Kushiro, Hokkaido

    • cool
      33
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    34
  • Yokohama Ie-kei Ramen

    Yokohama, Kanagawa

    • cool
      117
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    6
  • Kyoto Ramen

    Kyoto, Kyoto

    • cool
      130
    • no cool
      15
    ranking
    4
  • Onomichi Ramen

    Onomichi, Hiroshima

    • cool
      50
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    23
  • Akayu Ramen

    Akayu, Yamagata

    • cool
      71
    • no cool
      6
    ranking
    13
  • Takaida Ramen

    Higashinari, Osaka, Osaka

    • cool
      63
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    16
  • Kumamoto Ramen

    Kumamoto, Kumamoto

    • cool
      105
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    7
  • Asahikawa Ramen

    Asahikawa, Hokkaido

    • cool
      63
    • no cool
      9
    ranking
    17
  • Sakata Ramen

    Sakata, Yamagata

    • cool
      36
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    32
  • Miyazaki Ramen

    Miyazaki, Miyazaki

    • cool
      32
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    35
  • Tenri Ramen

    Tenri, Nara

    • cool
      47
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    27
  • Tokyo Ramen

    Tokyo

    • cool
      140
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    3
  • Yamagata Ramen

    Yamagata, Yamagata

    • cool
      36
    • no cool
      6
    ranking
    33
  • Kitakata Ramen

    Kitakata, Fukushima

    • cool
      75
    • no cool
      6
    ranking
    12
  • Hakodate Ramen

    Hakodate, Hokkaido

    • cool
      51
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    22
  • Sano Ramen

    Sano, Tochigi

    • cool
      70
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    14
  • Hakata Ramen

    Fukuoka, Fukuoka

    • cool
      383
    • no cool
      23
    ranking
    1
  • Banshu Ramen

    Nishiwaki, Hyogo

    • cool
      47
    • no cool
      1
    ranking
    26
  • Sapporo Ramen

    Sapporo, Hokkaido

    • cool
      199
    • no cool
      14
    ranking
    2
  • Hiroshima Ramen

    Hiroshima, Hiroshima

    • cool
      53
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    21
  • Tsuruga Ramen

    Tsuruga, Fukui

    • cool
      44
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    28
  • Tsubame Ramen

    Tsubame, Niigata

    • cool
      37
    • no cool
      16
    ranking
    31
  • Nagoya ramen

    Nagoya, Aichi

    • cool
      38
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    30
  • Susaki Ramen

    Susaki, Kochi

    • cool
      78
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    11
  • Yonezawa Ramen

    Yonezawa, Yamagata

    • cool
      91
    • no cool
      9
    ranking
    9
  • Wakayama Ramen

    Wakayama, Wakayama

    • cool
      62
    • no cool
      6
    ranking
    19
  • Katsuura Tan-tan-men

    Katsuura, Chiba

    • cool
      50
    • no cool
      12
    ranking
    25
  • Tokushima Ramen

    Tokushima, Tokushima

    • cool
      104
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    8
  • Tottori Beef Ramen

    Tottori

    • cool
      39
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    29
IS JAPAN COOL? TRADITIONS IS JAPAN COOL? TRADITIONS
Kyoto is a civic leader in awareness of Japanese traditions.
For this reason, the city of Kyoto preserves much of Japan’s ancient cultural heritage,
historical architecture, natural scenic beauty, etc.
Now, these traditions are creating a modern renaissance in culture and craftsmanship that is a new highlight of Kyoto.
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IS JAPAN COOL? TRADITIONS

  • Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
    Cool terrace in Kyoto summer

    納涼床

    • cool
      4387
    • no cool
      208
    ranking
    1
  • Antique fair
    Antique fair

    東寺弘法市

    • cool
      157
    • no cool
      12
    ranking
    22
  • Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
    Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto

    日本庭園

    • cool
      275
    • no cool
      10
    ranking
    13
  • Uchimizu
    Uchimizu

    打ち水

    • cool
      156
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    24
  • Kyoto confectionary
    Kyoto confectionary

    京菓子

    • cool
      223
    • no cool
      11
    ranking
    16
  • Jidai Matsuri
    Jidai Matsuri

    時代祭

    • cool
      102
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    36
  • Mizuura Mikuji
    Mizuura Mikuji

    水占みくじ

    • cool
      1731
    • no cool
      16
    ranking
    4
  • Secrets of autumn colors
    Secrets of autumn colors

    紅葉

    • cool
      313
    • no cool
      12
    ranking
    11
  • Zazen
    Zazen

    坐禅

    • cool
      283
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    12
  • Art of brush and ink
    Art of brush and ink

    書道家

    • cool
      2062
    • no cool
      932
    ranking
    2
  • Small Torii
    Small Torii

    小さな鳥居

    • cool
      325
    • no cool
      24
    ranking
    10
  • Moon watching
    Moon watching

    観月の夕べ

    • cool
      129
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    30
  • Café from another world
    Café from another world

    純喫茶

    • cool
      142
    • no cool
      14
    ranking
    26
  • Aburi-mochi
    Aburi-mochi

    あぶり餅

    • cool
      124
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    32
  • Tea master
    Tea master

    茶道家

    • cool
      1918
    • no cool
      1231
    ranking
    3
  • Stay at a Buddhist temple
    Stay at a Buddhist temple

    宿坊

    • cool
      156
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    23
  • Stay at Machiya
    Stay at Machiya

    京町家ステイ

    • cool
      134
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    28
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
    Fushimi Inari Taisha

    伏見稲荷大社

    • cool
      483
    • no cool
      40
    ranking
    8
  • Shohekiga
    Shohekiga

    障壁画

    • cool
      128
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    31
  • Inspiration of Buddha Statues
    Inspiration of Buddha Statues

    仏像

    • cool
      124
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    33
  • Yokai Costume Parade
    Yokai Costume Parade

    百鬼夜行

    • cool
      357
    • no cool
      14
    ranking
    9
  • Modern jikatabi
    Modern jikatabi

    モダン地下足袋

    • cool
      171
    • no cool
      9
    ranking
    20
  • Machiya bars
    Machiya bars

    京町家の夜

    • cool
      102
    • no cool
      14
    ranking
    37
  • Kyoto Streetcar
    Kyoto Streetcar

    嵐電

    • cool
      155
    • no cool
      12
    ranking
    25
  • Nurturing the arts
    Nurturing the arts

    京都ギャラリー

    • cool
      726
    • no cool
      307
    ranking
    5
  • I am your Yuzen
    I am your Yuzen

    友禅の色

    • cool
      233
    • no cool
      23
    ranking
    14
  • New Kyoto-style umbrellas
    New Kyoto-style umbrellas

    新しい京和傘

    • cool
      178
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    18
  • Artisans’ Row
    Artisans’ Row

    あじき路地

    • cool
      232
    • no cool
      14
    ranking
    15
  • Kyoto Proverbs
    Kyoto Proverbs

    • cool
      157
    • no cool
      4
    ranking
    21
  • HOSHINOYA Kyoto
    HOSHINOYA Kyoto

    星のや 京都

    • cool
      622
    • no cool
      311
    ranking
    6
  • Live music events at Machiya
    Live music events at Machiya

    京町家の音楽

    • cool
      86
    • no cool
      17
    ranking
    38
  • Kitchen of Kyoto
    Kitchen of Kyoto

    錦市場

    • cool
      174
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    19
  • Ikkyu-ji Natto
    Ikkyu-ji Natto

    一休寺納豆

    • cool
      115
    • no cool
      14
    ranking
    35
  • Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
    Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses

    銭湯表現

    • cool
      124
    • no cool
      10
    ranking
    34
  • Manga Museum
    Manga Museum

    マンガミュージアム

    • cool
      204
    • no cool
      13
    ranking
    17
  • Ippon udon
    Ippon udon

    一本饂飩

    • cool
      141
    • no cool
      13
    ranking
    27
  • Maiko documentary
    Maiko documentary

    舞妓

    • cool
      491
    • no cool
      32
    ranking
    7
  • Suguki pickles
    Suguki pickles

    すぐき漬け

    • cool
      130
    • no cool
      13
    ranking
    29
IS JAPAN COOL? Kawaii IS JAPAN COOL? Kawaii
The word means something beyond its original sense of “cute” or “pretty.”
It signifies anything beautiful, cool, pop, and even weird that attracts young women.
By now, this term is an accepted lingua franca among girls worldwide.
In fact, it has become an indispensable expression, regardless of age or nationality.
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  • Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
    Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.

    boco

    • cool
      4922
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    1
  • The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
    The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.

    ステレオテニス

    • cool
      230
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    9
  • I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
    I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.

    古谷葉月

    • cool
      2077
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    3
  • Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
    Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.

    渡邉まな(galaxxxy)

    • cool
      216
    • no cool
      2
    ranking
    11
  • “Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
    “Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.

    ツインテール古谷

    • cool
      522
    • no cool
      7
    ranking
    5
  • How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
    How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.

    クリスティーナ

    • cool
      215
    • no cool
      2
    ranking
    12
  • Cute community character promotes local charms.
    Cute community character promotes local charms.

    ゆるキャラ(むすび丸、他)

    • cool
      1812
    • no cool
      10
    ranking
    4
  • Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
    Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.

    酒井景都

    • cool
      256
    • no cool
      1
    ranking
    8
  • I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
    I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.

    Kitty水上

    • cool
      276
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    7
  • Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
    Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.

    くまみきとリボン

    • cool
      224
    • no cool
      3
    ranking
    10
  • Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
    Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.

    ショウジョノトモ/カロ

    • cool
      313
    • no cool
      2
    ranking
    6
  • Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
    Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.

    山ガール(木村さん)

    • cool
      2536
    • no cool
      10
    ranking
    2
IS JAPAN COOL? COSPLAY IS JAPAN COOL? COSPLAY
Short for “costume play,” it’s a hobby for those who enjoy wearing costumes of various types of characters.
Cosplay is expanding into different genres including manga, anime,games, vocaloids, samurai drama, etc.
Japan’s cosplay festivities attract fans from many countries, fostering international friendship and unity.
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  • Final Fantasy VII  Advent Children

    Malaysia

    Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

    Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

    • cool
      129
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    41
  • Sailor Moon

    United Kingdom

    Sailor Moon

    Sailor Moon

    • cool
      469
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    8
  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Japan

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    • cool
      417
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    10
  • Negima! Magester Negi Magi

    Spain

    Negima! Magester Negi Magi

    Negima! Magester Negi Magi

    • cool
      151
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    36
  • Summer Wars

    Thailand

    Summer Wars

    Summer Wars

    • cool
      152
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    35
  • Fate/Zero , BLEACH

    Japan

    Fate/Zero , BLEACH

    Fate/Zero , BLEACH

    • cool
      221
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    27
  • Final Fantasy X

    Austraria

    Final Fantasy X

    Final Fantasy X

    • cool
      329
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    19
  • Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    Japan

    Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    • cool
      186
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    31
  • Mobile Suit Gundam

    Taiwan

    Mobile Suit Gundam

    Mobile Suit Gundam

    • cool
      2207
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    1
  • The Royal Doll Orchestra

    France

    The Royal Doll Orchestra

    The Royal Doll Orchestra

    • cool
      144
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    38
  • Odin Sphere

    Netherland

    Odin Sphere

    Odin Sphere

    • cool
      222
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    26
  • Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi

    China

    Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi

    Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi

    • cool
      235
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    24
  • Magic Knight Rayearth

    Russia

    Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth

    • cool
      382
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    12
  • Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    Italy

    Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    • cool
      315
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    20
  • Final Fantasy VI

    Brazil

    Final Fantasy VI

    Final Fantasy VI

    • cool
      186
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    30
  • Hakuohki

    Japan

    Hakuohki

    Hakuohki

    • cool
      368
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    16
  • ANA

    Japan

    ANA

    ANA

    • cool
      186
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    32
  • BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY

    Hong Kong

    BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY

    BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY

    • cool
      234
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    25
  • Kamen Rider The Next

    Indonesia

    Kamen Rider The Next

    Kamen Rider The Next

    • cool
      255
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    22
  • VOCALOID

    Japan

    VOCALOID

    VOCALOID

    • cool
      290
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    21
  • Hakuohki / Adekan

    Korea

    Hakuohki / Adekan

    Hakuohki / Adekan

    • cool
      209
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    28
  • Eternal Sonata

    United Kingdom

    Eternal Sonata

    Eternal Sonata

    • cool
      129
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    42
  • Suite PreCure

    Japan

    Suite PreCure

    Suite PreCure

    • cool
      381
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    14
  • Street Fighter 4

    Mexico

    Street Fighter 4

    Street Fighter 4

    • cool
      360
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    18
  • Inu x Boku SS

    Japan

    Inu x Boku SS

    Inu x Boku SS

    • cool
      251
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    23
  • Final Fantasy VI

    Japan

    Final Fantasy VI

    Final Fantasy VI

    • cool
      734
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    5
  • Gunbuster

    USA

    Gunbuster

    Gunbuster

    • cool
      1814
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    2
  • VOCALOID

    Japan

    VOCALOID

    VOCALOID

    • cool
      368
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    17
  • STEINS;GATE

    Germany

    STEINS;GATE

    STEINS;GATE

    • cool
      144
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    39
  • Super Mario Bros.

    Denmark

    Super Mario Bros.

    Super Mario Bros.

    • cool
      154
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    34
  • Kinnikuman

    Japan

    Kinnikuman

    Kinnikuman

    • cool
      97
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    44
  • VOCALOID

    Japan

    VOCALOID

    VOCALOID

    • cool
      382
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    13
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Germany

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    • cool
      560
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    6
  • (Original)

    Japan

    (Original)

    (Original)

    • cool
      1533
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    3
  • One Piece

    Italy

    One Piece

    One Piece

    • cool
      1044
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    4
  • Saint Seiya

    Japan

    Saint Seiya

    Saint Seiya

    • cool
      384
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    11
  • Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing

    Finland

    Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing

    Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing

    • cool
      140
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    40
  • Dekirukana

    Japan

    Dekirukana

    Dekirukana

    • cool
      380
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    15
  • Lupin III

    Japan

    Lupin III

    Lupin III

    • cool
      115
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    43
  • Hakuohki

    Singapore

    Hakuohki

    Hakuohki

    • cool
      151
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    37
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

    Japan

    Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

    Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

    • cool
      508
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    7
  • Doraemon

    Mexico

    Doraemon

    Doraemon

    • cool
      176
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    33
  • Sengoku Muso

    Italy

    Sengoku Muso

    Sengoku Muso

    • cool
      192
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    29
  • Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    Japan

    Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    Neon Genesis EVANGELION

    • cool
      420
    • no cool
      0
    ranking
    9
IS JAPAN COOL? OKINAWA IS JAPAN COOL? OKINAWA
Japan’s popular sightseeing-resort area, with a mild climate, beautiful ocean, and gorgeous natural scenery.
Its clothing, architecture, music, etc., reflect a multicultural heritage different from the rest of Japan.
As time seems to pass a little slower in Okinawa, visiting this area is one of the best-kept secrets for international travelers.
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  • Steakhouse
    Steakhouse

    ステーキハウス

    • cool
      351
    • no cool
      54
    ranking
    15
  • Mangroves
    Mangroves

    マングローブ

    • cool
      285
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    20
  • Ryukyu Karate
    Ryukyu Karate

    琉球空手

    • cool
      399
    • no cool
      31
    ranking
    11
  • Umi-budoh
    Umi-budoh

    海ぶどう

    • cool
      337
    • no cool
      29
    ranking
    16
  • Village of Long Life
    Village of Long Life

    長寿の里

    • cool
      428
    • no cool
      9
    ranking
    10
  • International Avenue
    International Avenue

    国際通り

    • cool
      496
    • no cool
      40
    ranking
    8
  • Shuri Castle
    Shuri Castle

    首里城

    • cool
      650
    • no cool
      13
    ranking
    4
  • Resort beaches
    Resort beaches

    リゾートビーチ

    • cool
      857
    • no cool
      33
    ranking
    2
  • Okinawa soba
    Okinawa soba

    沖縄そば

    • cool
      753
    • no cool
      20
    ranking
    3
  • Lunch “A”
    Lunch “A”

    Aランチ

    • cool
      319
    • no cool
      38
    ranking
    17
  • Haarii
    Haarii

    ハーリー

    • cool
      310
    • no cool
      10
    ranking
    19
  • Kachaashii
    Kachaashii

    カチャーシー

    • cool
      311
    • no cool
      25
    ranking
    18
  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    美ら海水族館

    • cool
      1219
    • no cool
      33
    ranking
    1
  • Mango
    Mango

    マンゴー

    • cool
      381
    • no cool
      41
    ranking
    12
  • Awamori
    Awamori

    泡盛

    • cool
      355
    • no cool
      25
    ranking
    14
  • Utaki
    Utaki

    御嶽

    • cool
      367
    • no cool
      5
    ranking
    13
  • Sanshin
    Sanshin

    三線

    • cool
      509
    • no cool
      16
    ranking
    7
  • Shiisaa
    Shiisaa

    シーサー

    • cool
      467
    • no cool
      17
    ranking
    9
  • Public market
    Public market

    公設市場

    • cool
      559
    • no cool
      24
    ranking
    5
  • Taketomi Island
    Taketomi Island

    竹富島

    • cool
      534
    • no cool
      15
    ranking
    6
IS JAPAN COOL? TOKYO IS JAPAN COOL? TOKYO
Japan’s capital, a megacity with the world’s highest population density.
It unites many different scenes ― remnants of Edo (old Tokyo) in Asakusa,
manga and anime subcultures in Akihabara, a huge entertainment district in Shinjuku, etc.
Tokyo is where cultures, people, foods, and amusements all come together.
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  • Scramble crossing
    Scramble crossing

    スクランブル交差点

    • cool
      462
    • no cool
      31
    ranking
    11
  • Harajuku girl
    Harajuku girl

    原宿ガール

    • cool
      650
    • no cool
      59
    ranking
    6
  • Architecture Street
    Architecture Street

    建築ストリート

    • cool
      372
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    14
  • Tokyo Tower
    Tokyo Tower

    東京タワー

    • cool
      702
    • no cool
      25
    ranking
    4
  • Monja
    Monja

    もんじゃ

    • cool
      366
    • no cool
      22
    ranking
    16
  • Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
    Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

    大江戸温泉物語

    • cool
      511
    • no cool
      22
    ranking
    9
  • Gohtoku-ji
    Gohtoku-ji

    豪徳寺

    • cool
      504
    • no cool
      23
    ranking
    10
  • Roppongi Hills
    Roppongi Hills

    六本木ヒルズ

    • cool
      345
    • no cool
      37
    ranking
    19
  • Meiji Shrine
    Meiji Shrine

    明治神宮

    • cool
      362
    • no cool
      8
    ranking
    17
  • Shinjuku
    Shinjuku

    新宿

    • cool
      529
    • no cool
      18
    ranking
    8
  • Edomae Zushi
    Edomae Zushi

    江戸前寿司

    • cool
      397
    • no cool
      12
    ranking
    13
  • Tokyo Station
    Tokyo Station

    東京駅

    • cool
      370
    • no cool
      17
    ranking
    15
  • Asakusa
    Asakusa

    浅草

    • cool
      688
    • no cool
      11
    ranking
    5
  • Ramen Museum
    Ramen Museum

    ラーメン博物館

    • cool
      965
    • no cool
      25
    ranking
    2
  • Edo kiriko
    Edo kiriko

    江戸切子

    • cool
      434
    • no cool
      10
    ranking
    12
  • Gundam 1/1
    Gundam 1/1

    ガンダム1/1

    • cool
      1450
    • no cool
      50
    ranking
    1
  • Tokyo Sky Tree
    Tokyo Sky Tree

    東京スカイツリー

    • cool
      607
    • no cool
      28
    ranking
    7
  • Traditional Japanese guest house
    Traditional Japanese guest house

    古民家ゲストハウス

    • cool
      928
    • no cool
      31
    ranking
    3
  • Yakatabune
    Yakatabune

    屋形船

    • cool
      321
    • no cool
      17
    ranking
    21
  • Tsukiji Market
    Tsukiji Market

    築地市場

    • cool
      341
    • no cool
      30
    ranking
    20
  • Novels of Haruki Murakami
    Novels of Haruki Murakami

    村上春樹の小説

    • cool
      360
    • no cool
      23
    ranking
    18
IS JAPAN COOL? DISCOVER IS JAPAN COOL? DISCOVER
Is Japan cool? See for yourself, starting here with content that covers many cool aspects of Japan today.
You’ll find a variety of intriguing features about Mt. Fuji, maid cafés, high-tech toilets, Japanese hospitality,
and much more, all from a wide range of locations and genres.
It’s a quick overview of Japan’s multifaceted charms.
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  • Capsule hotel
    Capsule hotel

    カプセルホテル

    • cool
      2348
    • no cool
      637
    ranking
    17
  • Maid cafe
    Maid cafe

    メイド喫茶

    • cool
      2461
    • no cool
      664
    ranking
    15
  • Character bento
    Character bento

    キャラ弁

    • cool
      3952
    • no cool
      278
    ranking
    5
  • Food model
    Food model

    食品模型

    • cool
      2850
    • no cool
      387
    ranking
    10
  • Paper fortune
    Paper fortune

    おみくじ

    • cool
      1729
    • no cool
      284
    ranking
    25
  • Iced coffee
    Iced coffee

    アイス珈琲

    • cool
      1391
    • no cool
      447
    ranking
    29
  • Hot spring spa
    Hot spring spa

    温泉

    • cool
      4610
    • no cool
      75
    ranking
    3
  • Japanese pub
    Japanese pub

    居酒屋

    • cool
      2726
    • no cool
      252
    ranking
    12
  • Decorate anything
    Decorate anything

    デコる

    • cool
      1636
    • no cool
      582
    ranking
    26
  • Karaoke
    Karaoke

    カラオケ

    • cool
      2143
    • no cool
      477
    ranking
    21
  • Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
    Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)

    ラーメン

    • cool
      2887
    • no cool
      124
    ranking
    9
  • Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
    Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)

    牛丼

    • cool
      2267
    • no cool
      237
    ranking
    20
  • Ultramodern vending machine
    Ultramodern vending machine

    次世代型自販機

    • cool
      3908
    • no cool
      175
    ranking
    6
  • Sushi-go-round
    Sushi-go-round

    回転寿司

    • cool
      3212
    • no cool
      173
    ranking
    7
  • High-tech toilet
    High-tech toilet

    ハイテクトイレ

    • cool
      5261
    • no cool
      246
    ranking
    2
  • Shrine visit
    Shrine visit

    参拝

    • cool
      2474
    • no cool
      161
    ranking
    14
  • Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
    Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)

    人力車

    • cool
      1375
    • no cool
      361
    ranking
    30
  • Massage chair
    Massage chair

    マッサージチェア

    • cool
      1398
    • no cool
      369
    ranking
    28
  • Mt. Fuji
    Mt. Fuji

    富士山

    • cool
      4111
    • no cool
      73
    ranking
    4
  • Japanese hospitality
    Japanese hospitality

    おもてなし

    • cool
      6372
    • no cool
      183
    ranking
    1
  • Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
    Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)

    日本蕎麦

    • cool
      2895
    • no cool
      142
    ranking
    8
  • Chopsticks
    Chopsticks

    • cool
      1808
    • no cool
      154
    ranking
    24
  • Electrical goods store
    Electrical goods store

    家電量販店

    • cool
      2104
    • no cool
      255
    ranking
    22
  • Itsukushima Shrine
    Itsukushima Shrine

    厳島神社

    • cool
      2840
    • no cool
      49
    ranking
    11
  • Sake(Japanese rice wine)
    Sake(Japanese rice wine)

    日本酒

    • cool
      2275
    • no cool
      268
    ranking
    19
  • Idol
    Idol

    アイドル

    • cool
      1546
    • no cool
      675
    ranking
    27
  • Kaminari-mon
    Kaminari-mon

    雷門

    • cool
      2318
    • no cool
      134
    ranking
    18
  • Sumo wrestler
    Sumo wrestler

    大相撲力士

    • cool
      2041
    • no cool
      311
    ranking
    23
  • Public bathhouse
    Public bathhouse

    銭湯

    • cool
      2394
    • no cool
      316
    ranking
    16
  • Manga cafe
    Manga cafe

    マンガ喫茶

    • cool
      2483
    • no cool
      409
    ranking
    13