Shōwa Day marks the beginning of Golden Week on April 29. From commemorating the controversial Emperor Shōwa, also known as Emperor Hirohito, to recognizing Japan's rebound from World War II, Shōwa Day has undergone various official reasons to celebrate.
Melco plans to construct a multi-billion dollar casino in Osaka, as Japan legalizes gambling. The entertainment complex would include restaurants, bars, spas and nightlife, along with casinos, and would capitalize on tourists and Japanese public.
Beloved Japanese figure skater, Mao Asada, announces her retirement from professional ice skating at age 26. A Japanese icon, she will be missed on the skating rink by fans all over the world.
Unlike the West, the Japanese school year and fiscal year begin in April. Springtime in Japan sets the tone for a fresh start and allows for the Japanese to enjoy the sakura season.
From food and drinks to stationery, be sure to check out these limited edition sakura or cherry blossom themed items that you can flaunt at hanami this April!
Ume blossoms and cherry blossoms or "sakura" mark the advent of spring in Japan. Sakura also symbolize new beginnings and romance which is captured throughout various Japanese anime. Check out these animes to get ready for spring!
Japan brings in the year of the rooster with many rooster themed products, and Izanau gives you some background on the zodiac tradition!
Ariana Grande loves Japan. Ariana is even learning to write Japanese hiragana, and speak Japanese. Her fan base in Japan is so big, that she even released Japanese versions of the "Dangerous Woman" and "Focus" music videos.
For Christmas 2016, Nestle has created Kit Kats that can be toasted into butter cookies! Japan’s Kit Kats are renowned not only for their flavors, but also for the way they should be consumed!
Valentine's Day is celebrated differently in Japan due to the existence of White Day - but chocolate are a staple of both! Check out Japan's limited edition chocolate available exclusively for Valentine's Day.
What Kanji best defined 2016? and no.... its not PPAP!
Izanau counts down the top 10 Japanese songs of 2016!