Time-Lapse of Recovery: Ofunato
This time-lapse video of Ofunato, in Iwate Prefecture, helps show how far Tohoku has come in its recovery efforts, and how far it still has to come.
The Ephemeral Art of Japanese Bathhouses
The artists who specialize in painting Japanese bathhouses are few in number, but their enduring artistic spirit ensures the profession lives on.
PM Abe Helps Explain the Name of the New Era
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives his take on naming the Imperial era that starts next month, the Reiwa era.
Japan's First Foreign Female Shogi Pro
A chat with Karolina Styczynska, Japan's first professional foreign-born female shogi player.
Driven Aloft: From Surgeon to Astronaut
Learn about Chiaki Mukai, the first Japanese female astronaut to join a space shuttle mission.
Show Us the Money: Japan's Currency Redesign
The Ministry of Finance has revealed new designs for the Japanese yen banknotes set to debut in 2024, and they look awesome! Check out the new designs, as well as their inspirations.
Japanese Artist Creates Awesome Stamp Drawings
Hokkaido-based artist Baku Maeda has repurposed Japanese personal seals and stamps to create some incredible, whimsical illustrations.
The Aerial Beauty of Japanese Highways
While they may seem perfectly mundane from ground level, Japanese highways are marvels of structural engineering, and look incredible from a bird's-eye view.
All About Investing for Retirement in Japan
In this short introductory guide to investing in Japan, we’ll cover the three main options to invest your hard-earned cash and prepare for retirement... in plain English!
A Look Behind the Yen Makeover
Japan's currency is getting a big makeover for 2024. Learn a little bit more about the reasoning and process behind the change!
How to Apply for a Japanese Spouse Visa
Getting married to a Japanese national? Confused about how to apply for a spouse visa? This easy how-to will show you all the steps you need to take to apply and (hopefully!) make a good impression.
Travel Like a Pro with the WOW! JAPAN APP
With the in-depth info of a guidebook and special discounts and coupons you can use on your trip, the WOW! JAPAN APP is one of the best tools for visitors to Japan!
Calligraphy Artist Speaks with Her Brush
Japanese calligrapher Nobuko Obata has pursued her lifelong passion for calligraphy, despite an accident that left her without hands from a young age.
Busiest Train in Tokyo to End Service Earlier
Tokyo's busiest train line, the JR Yamanote Line that loops around the city, is slated to end service about 30 minutes earlier.
Japan's April Fools' Day Roundup 2019
Edible watches, Nintendo switch ups and a handy Lego app all make an appearance on this year's roundup of fantastic news we WISH was true!
Yokohama: The Most Desirable City in Kanto
For the second year in a row, Yokohama ranks #1 as the city most people want to live, according to a survey by the real estate site SUUMO.
Pepsi's Japan Cola Debuts New Exclusive Flavor
Pepsi Japan's latest exclusive soft drink has a citrus finish that is familiar to Japanese fruit aficionados.
All About Earthquakes in Japan
Japan has thousands of earthquakes every year, which can be scary if you don't know what to expect! Learn all about earthquakes in Japan, including how to prepare and what to do when it happens.
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Snow & Sakura Make for Incredible Hanami
The weather is fickle in Japan as the seasons change, and occasionally this results in the beautiful and unlikely combination of snow and cherry blossoms!