japan

Art

The Buddhist-Inspired Murakami Sculpture Behind Billie Eilish's GARAGE Cover

Takashi Murakami’s 2012 “Split” is a brilliant anomaly for an artist who otherwise says, “I’m utterly vulgar.”
Mark Guiducci
2.1.19
ADVERTISING

Ramen Company Pulls Ad Featuring Naomi Osaka with Pale Skin

Backlash over the tennis star's skin tone prompted Nissin to cancel the anime ad campaign.
Bettina Makalintal
1.28.19
japan

Tokyo Train Company Offers Noodles, Tempura to Commuters Who Skip Rush Hour

This isn't the first creative attempt to reduce overcrowding on the world's busiest metro system.
Bettina Makalintal
1.24.19
Culture

Kemio Is Japan's Internet Superstar

Since being discovered on Vine, he's garnered a million Youtube subscribers and met Gaga. He'd still like to be on Ellen, however.
YOSHIKO KURATA
1.23.19
WTF

Here's Some Poop Emoji Soft-Serve So We Can All Eat Shit

Coprophagia has never been cuter.
Jelisa Castrodale
1.9.19
Travel

Inside the Incredibly Bizarre World of Japanese Mascots

From sentient douches to hepatitis elephants, Japan has a mascot for every occasion.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
1.2.19
Culture

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms Are More Than Instagram Opportunities

Australia's first permanent infinity room just got installed at the National Gallery of Australia, and it might be one of Kusama’s most nuanced, abstract works yet.
Shaad D’Souza
12.26.18
calendar

Japan’s Hottest Calendar of 2019 Features Horny Pictures of Vladimir Putin

The calendar's rampant success has been attributed to young Japanese women calling themselves "Putin fans."
Gavin Butler
12.18.18
Millennials

Japan Is Giving Away Abandoned Houses for Free

There are more than eight million vacant properties littered throughout Japan—and they're going dirt cheap.
Gavin Butler
12.4.18
modern love

A Man Just Married an Anime Hologram in Japan. Now Here's the Rest of the Story

There's more going on here than a super strange wedding reception.
VICE Staff
11.15.18
WTF

Mysterious Boats Full of Corpses Keep Washing Up in Japan

It's believed the so-called "ghost ships" are coming from North Korea.
Gavin Butler
11.14.18
You Make Me Wanna

Tuxedo Mask's Unconditional Love for Sailor Moon Was Revolutionary—And Hot

Usagi was a loud-mouth cry-baby with a voracious appetite—and Mamoru thought she was perfect. Growing up, Tuxedo Mask showed me that, one day, I'd meet someone who'd love me for who I was.
Janelle Lassalle
10.22.18
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