Makoto Shinkai’s animated film, newly released in North America, is a magical and ultimately optimistic coming-of-age story that taps into the country’s unique anxieties.
Movies from South Korean, China, and Japan have become increasingly nationalistic, thanks to ongoing territorial disputes and the 70th anniversary of World War II.
Tokyo gets into communal bawling.
Ahead of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, the country is ramping up government-sponsored efforts to promote its culture abroad.
"Gross" characters are proliferating in a country known for kawaii, and now even local governments' mascots are trying to out-weird one another.
Zany contests have fallen out of style—even as the Western image of "crazy" Japanese TV seems to be ramping back up.
She's not the first to coax diehards into buying multiple copies of the same song. The practice is standard in Japan, for reasons that increasingly apply in U.S. pop music.
The country's unique social history and its current financial state have inspired a boom in pop-culture throwbacks to the end of the 20th century.
As political tensions have heightened between South Korea and Japan, so have tensions between fan bases.
What Minami Minegishi's fall from grace says about gender relations in Japan.
The DIY creator community that sprung up around CGI singer Hatsune Miku could represent the future of pop fandom.
J-Pop stars aren't allowed to date—but why?
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's colorful content get giggled at overseas while resonating in a realer way at home.
Teens have long had a presence on the country's charts, but the stars have gotten younger lately.
Pop went patriotic, YouTubers penned protest songs, its indie rock got weird.
Wonder Girls may have the marketing strategy to succeed in America where other Asian acts have failed.
MLB fans can't wait for Yu Darvish to sign with their team—but will he ever leave his home country?
With its playful image, code of conduct, and many spinoff acts, the girl-pop collective AKB48 may be Japan's next great cultural export
The more modern sound and suggestive imagery of K-Pop is challenging J-Pop on its home turf