The Offbeat

Hello Kitty Construction Barier

Cute Construction Barriers

In most places around the world when there are road works you can expect to see a few orange witches hats and a barrier, but not in Japan, they make things a bit more fun and interesting in an effort for the road teams to be excused for any inconvenience caused by the roadworks.


Cute Culture

Cute Culture

The Japanese are enthralled with cute characters on just about everything. Known as cute or “Kawaii” culture, many businesses have a cute mascot and soft…


cosplay

Cosplay

If you are visiting the youth areas like Tokyo’s Akihabara and Harajuku or Osaka’s Amerika-Mura, it won’t be long before you come across Cosplay. Cosplay…


Line friends

Japanese Cartoon Characters

Any first time visitor to Japan may experience a bit of cuteness overload as it is quite common for Japanese companies, the government and even…


tissues

Advertising Tissues

On many of the high traffic areas, especially around Shibuya and Shinjuku, tissue packs are an fascinating form of advertising. These small plastic packages covered…


Karoke Bar

Karaoke

Karaoke is one of Japan’s most popular entertainment pastimes, with over 50 million people enjoying the fun at over 15,000 karaoke box buildings throughout Japan….


sumo

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo wrestling is a competition contact sport where two usually giant wrestlers or rikishi, battle in a circular area. The sport is more than just…


Dog cafe

Dog Cafe

Seeing a sign that reads Dog Cafe, you might be alarmed and think, Oh No they are eating Fido, well that couldn’t be any further…


Japanese Toilet

Japanese Toilets

Some Japanese toilets are an attraction all in their own, with a range of technological features that are sure to alarm the first time user.


Anime

Anime

The Japanese animated art form known as Anime dates back to 1917, when Oten Shimokawa created the first Anime film. The film was a 5…