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The time in Japan is 18:34, Wednesday, July 27th
The next national holiday is Sep 22, Shuubun no Hi (Autumnal Equinox).

Seasonal Content

Unagi- The Power of the Eel

Summer heat wearing you down? In Japan, the solution is a bowl of steaming grilled eel on rice. Eel is a very popular summer dish and famous for its revitalizing effect. Oh, and delicious, too!


The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

There's Life in the Old Monster

Pikachu and Pokemon Go are all the rageAll three of my kids were born in Japan, but the youngest has always had the strongest affinity for Japan's popular anime characters. As a toddler, his world was filled with Anpanman and his weird array of bread-themed superhero buddies. In recent years he's been obsessed with Pikachu and the 739 other "pocket monsters" that populate the Pokémon universe....

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Golden Week & Shipping Delays

Michael Jordan says Get Well Soon!Due to a staff shortage coinciding with the annual Golden Week holidays, there will be extensive delays to order shipping from mid-April until early May. We apologize in advance to all customers affected by these delays for the inconvenience. If your order is urgent, please let us know and we'll move it to the front of the line. Where possible, we will "upgrade" shipping free of charge to make up for lost time.

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Japan Zone Content Selections

Hanten JacketSTORE

If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there's no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket.

Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Read more...


Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan's East Asian neighbors. Read more...


Sumo may be Japan's traditional sport, with its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals. But for the last decade the top ranks have been completely dominated by Mongolian-born stars. Until now.

Will the long-awaited tournament win by a native-born wrestler ignite new interest in the sport? Read more...

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