Rachel & Jun

| Apr 20, 2015

Rachel & Jun

by Delaney Lake

Husband-and-wife YouTube team Rachel & Jun first started making videos in 2012 as a fun way to keep in touch while they were apart. Now, with over 350,000 subscribers, the Japanese-American couple covers a variety of subjects, from what’s considered overweight in Japan to ...

Ochikeron

| Apr 3, 2015

Ochikeron

by Megumi Lim

Ochikeron, a Tokyo-based YouTuber, has transformed her kitchen into a studio as she uploads Japanese cooking videos introducing easy and quick-to-prepare recipes for viewers. She began her YouTube channel, which now has close to 600,000 subscribers, right after the Great East Japan Earthquake — ...

Limited editions to keep you ahead of the game

| Mar 27, 2015

Limited editions to keep you ahead of the game

Build up your character Ryu and Chun-Li, two of the most popular characters of the “Street Fighter” series, have got their own Nanoblock sets. Fans with a bit of spare time on their hands can now recreate the characters using the tiniest of building ...

Sharla in Japan

| Feb 23, 2015

Sharla in Japan

by Finbar O'Mallon

Sharla of Sharla in Japan is a 29-year-old, Canadian-born, Tokyo-based “YouTuber” (“That’s what they call it here,” she says). With over 200,000 subscribers to her channel, she documents her life. After regular trips to Japan in her teens and early 20s, Sharla finally settled ...

Five things to keep you ahead of the game

| Jan 23, 2015

Five things to keep you ahead of the game

by Brian Ashcraft

Last year’s monster hits “Pokemon Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire” are the theme to a new pop-up cafe in Shibuya. As Nintendo 3DS remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance titles “Pokemon Ruby” and “Sapphire,” the new versions, with beefed-up graphics and new content, ...

The latest gadgetry of convenience

| Jan 16, 2015

The latest gadgetry of convenience

by Yukari Mitsuhashi

Michi nails it In Japan, attention to detail is often important not just in traditional Japanese craftsmanship, but also in all manner of modern goods — even false nails. Michi is a new e-commerce website that specializes in plastic nails hand-decorated by 100 designers ...