Japanese Pop Culture ポップ・カルチャー

  • Published on : 17/05/2022
  • by : C.W.
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Kawaii and more

 Japan is also the country of Kawaii and much more. Here is our Pop Culture selection.


Manga has a rich history that can be dated back to the 12th Century; throughout time the themes changed. Nowadays, there are many different genres within manga, and it's not easy to define; manga has as it has many styles as it has artists. The appeal lies in the attention of detail in the graphics, as well as the complexity of the plot and the attachment to the characters.

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Tetsuda Atomu, also known as Astro Boy, marked a revolution in the world of animation and manga.

Tetsuda Atomu, also known as Astro Boy, marked a revolution in the world of animation and manga.



Japanese animation films and series, called anime or sometimes japanime / japanimation, have a large audience, similar to that of manga. The anime developed in Japan during the 1960s, thanks to the work of Osamu Tezuka in particular, and was exported overseas the following decade. Today, one of the most popular masters of animation is undoubtedly Hayao Miyazaki and his team at Studio Ghibli. 

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The Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies (1988) by Isao Takahata

The Grave of the Fireflies


Playing 24 hours a day is possible in Japan! Welcome to the land of games centers and arcades. Huge rooms or retro game centers, the choice is yours: discover our selection of must-see game centers in Tokyo. Do not hesitate to take a tour through the Akihabara district, also located in Tokyo. Formerly known for its home appliance stores, this area has mutated into a stronghold of Otaku culture.

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Video game room in Japan

Video game room in Japan



Cosplay has become a very popular part of Japanese culture. Cosplay is a phenomenon that appeared more than 30 years ago, with the first successful manga. The costume player, or cosplayer, dress up as their favorite manga or anime character by wearing the same costume and immerse themselves in the role. When the trend first appeared, it was meet with a negative perception; however, since the 2000s, cosplay has become an accepted phenomenon.

"Haruhi Suzumiya's Melancholy" Cosplay

Cosplay "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

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Japanese Fashion

Sometimes crazy but always avant-garde, Japanese fashion is a source of inspiration for designers from around the world, as well as for international artists.

Tokyo has become over the years a fashion capital where the trends of tomorrow are created.

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Japanese fashion Harajuku

Japanese fashion Harajuku


J-Pop: Japanese Pop Music

This Japanese music genre has reinvented pop music and has been popular worldwide. In groups or solo, the Japanese "idols" seduce the crowds with their catchy songs and their choreography. With essential figures like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Perfume, AKB48 or Arashi, the phenomenon is not about to run out of steam.

Its popularity is particularly noticeable in karaoke, where music catalogs are full of successful Japanese pop songs!

Karaoke rooms are open throughout Japan.

Karaoke rooms are open all over Japan.


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Colourful Akihabara!

The colors of the Akihabara district

Takayuki Miki (三木貴幸)

Puroland Sanrio, Tokyo, is the realm of the World mascot Hello Kitty.

Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo, is the realm of the cute Japanese character Hello Kitty.


Culture Pop' Japonaise

Nakagin Capsule Tower

Nakagin Capsule Tower

South of the Ginza district, near Shinbashi, is a unique building that stands out in the landscape of Tokyo skyscrapers, the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

In Tokyo, Taito arcades (Akihabara) terminals together the most talented hardocre gamer.

Tokyo for otakus

The otaku are young people (or not so young) who devote their time and their money to their interest: the world of manga, animes, figurines, idols, and video games.

Cosplay in japan

Cosplay has become an element of the everyday landscape in Japan.

With 634 meters high, the Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest building in the Japanese capital.

Tokyo Skytree Tower

A major attraction located in the east of the Japanese capital, the Tokyo Skytree tower offers an impressive panoramic view of the city, day and night.

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