Drinking in a Bathhouse Izakaya
When you think of a cool place to hang out after work and get some drinks, of course, you think of a bathhouse! No? Well, we'll convince you otherwise.
Architectural Techniques to Join UNESCO Ranks
Japan’s traditional wooden architectural techniques are set to be recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Go Back in Time on Historic Streets of Gion
Gion, the traditional entertainment and geisha district of Kyoto, is famous for its streets and picturesque alleys that retain the atmosphere of the past.
5 Totally Awesome Tokyo Alleyways
Tokyo's 'yokocho' alleyways offer some of the best nightlife experiences in the city. If you're looking for some down-to-earth drinking dens, we've got five that are ideal for an evening of bar hopping.
Discover 5 Classic J-Pop Artists
Listen to oldies but goodies from five of Japan’s very best singer-songwriters!
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is less a museum than a Disney-like experience of ramen!
The Ever-Evolving World of Fashion in Japan
Fashion, like many other aspects of Japan, is constantly changing and reinventing itself. We'll take a look at the road from kimono to ballgowns as well as what trends are popping up around Tokyo.
The Coolest Arcade You've Never Heard Of
Just across the river from Tokyo, in the city of Kawasaki, is an arcade with a unique aesthetic and personality that's as big as its selection of games and activities.
Retro Gaming Havens in Tokyo
In an era where gaming is no longer a niche hobby, there are some who still crave the classic, retro games of yesteryear. Thankfully Tokyo contains a plethora of treasure troves when it comes to classic video games, and we're here to help you find them!
Discover the Secret Life of Grandmas at Sugamo
Sugamo is not typically considered by tourists to be a thriving area, but among Tokyoites, it's known as the "Harajuku of Grandmas."
Try the Viral 'Raindrop Cake' Shingenmochi
Try Mikan Club's high-quality water shingenmochi made of seaweed, creating a softer, smoother texture and a more luxurious experience of a traditional sweet.
Huis Ten Bosch: A Little Netherlands in Kyushu
Huis Ten Bosch is a lovingly recreated Dutch town in the heart of Nagasaki Prefecture. Its unique design, plethora of attractions and cultural history make it one of Japan's most interesting theme parks.
Old Town Nostalgia at Yanaka Ginza Street
Enjoy a stroll down an old town road famous for its cat themed shops and wholesome small town feel.
5 Retro Hangouts in Greater Tokyo
From old-world market streets to neighborhoods populated by old books, here are some of the city's most unique and fascinating retro hangouts.
Discharge Drill at Shirakawago Making Waves
The annual water discharge drill was carried out at Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, to the delight of visitors.
Daiba 1-chome Shotengai: Time-travel to 1960s
The Showa era might be over, but you can still take a trip back in time at Odaiba's Daiba 1-chome Shotengai—a mini-theme park made of 10 stores and 7 entertainment facilities with the retro feel of the 1960s.
Walk Through Time at the Edo Open Air Museum
At the Edo Open Air Museum, you can walk through time as you explore over 30 restored buildings with over 300 years of Japanese history.
Ridiculously Colorful Retro-Inspired Art
Japanese illustrator Kyoko Nakamura combines digital tools and analog materials to create art that blends old and new.
Japan’s Golden Age of TV: Trendy 90s Dramas
Watch four classic J-dramas and fall in love with Japan all over again!
Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology
Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.