• Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Japan Subculture Research Center

A guide to the Japanese underworld, Japanese pop-culture, yakuza and everything dark under the sun.

Angela Erika Kubo

  • Home
  • Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2014

Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2014

Tokyo's 3rd annual gay pride parade will be held on April 16, 2014.

Exploring the “hidden legacy” of World War II internment camps

Rather than being stamped out, traditional Japanese performing arts flourished within the World War II internment camps that Japanese-Americans were imprisoned in.

A Look at Japan’s Annual Penis Worshipping Festival

The Kanamara Festival is held each year in Kawasaki City. Here, phallic objects and candies are in abundance.

Rakuten stops selling whale meat, but will still sell thermometers

Japan's biggest e-commerce website, Rakuten, ordered all of its merchants to stop selling whale meat on the website. No news yet on what will happen to the other exotic products…

A Not-So-Neat Collage of Daily Life: The Work of Kon Wajiro

Kon Wajiro’s work is a sociological survey of urban life, touching upon the often looked-over and taken-for-granted intricacies of daily routine.

“You can’t lose at Muse” no longer true. Iconic Roppongi club lost in war on dance

Roppongi's iconic dance club, Muse, became the latest victim of the crackdown on illegal dancing when police announced on Sunday morning that it had raided the club and arrested manager…

Meet 281: Japan’s Anti-Nuke Lone Ranger turning protest into art

after the accident, 281 wanted to find an outlet for his anger and a way to contribute to the anti-nuclear movement. It was then that he turned to street art.

Omedeto! You’re a cookie, a camera, a cell phone cover!

As shown above, the possibilities of taking an ordinary thing and making it completely extraordinary are endless. Japan’s customized goods boom is a lifesaver from those who want to see…