All About Japan

Tokyo Toy Show: A Toy Lover's Paradise

From adorable characters and video games to unique plushies and robots, Japan is a great place to visit for both the young and young at heart. The International Tokyo Toy Show may well be the ultimate embodiment of this youthful spirit.

Embarrassed Engineer Invents 'Selfie Arms'

Who needs a selfie stick, when you can use 'selfie arms'!

How Japan's Trains Stay on Time

Ever wonder how Japan's trains stay so precisely on time? Hideki Hashimoto at the transport division of JR East's transport and rolling stock department explains the secret—and it's not just technology.

Wi-Fi Goes Underground—at Last

Communters and tourists alike can now enjoy free Wi-Fi while riding on Tokyo's Toei Asakusa Line, with more lines to come.

Fashion Designed to Block Your Cell Phone

Want some time away from your cell phone? Conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga has designed a line of clothing specifically intended to block electromagnetic waves, protecting us from the storm of information that inundates our lives.

Understanding Japanese Phone Culture

Before heading off to Japan, you may want to check out these keen observations by visitors from overseas regarding Japanese smartphone etiquette.

All About Drones in Japan

Do you think drones are just toys, or the wave of the future? See how some people have caused a stir in Japan with drones—and what the government is doing about it!

An Art-Inspired Approach to Bridal Services

Need some fresh ideas to plan a unique wedding in Japan? TeamLab is now offering digital installation wedding services in Tokyo!

Explore Tokyo from the People First

Wouldn't you agree that it's the people behind the places that make them special? This iPhone app provides a new way to explore unique, people-first destinations in Tokyo!

Aichi's Maglev Still Running Strong

YouTubers Rachel & Jun introduce Linimo, one of only two maglev (magnetic levitation) trains presently open to public use in the world, the other being in Shanghai.

Japan's Magnificent Maglev

Japan's fast and super-efficient rail services have been the envy of the world for years, but the nation's newest train makes the speedy Shinkansen look like a tortoise.

This Ferris Wheel Will Play Tricks on You!

Face the Cosmo Clock at Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 district at around 10:10 p.m. for an optical illusion so perplexing you have to see it to believe it!

Share Your Music with the Song Wig

In a bold and radical new take on wearable tech, a device wants to take the music you listen to and put it at everyone else’s fingertips. Introducing the Song Wig!

The Whole-Body Gaming Experience!

From your head to your feet, you'll be able to control a 3-D scanned version of yourself in IBM Japan's newest gaming project.

Hammering Out the Shinkansen's Face by Hand

Just one company in Japan, with a mere 40 employees, uses hand hammering techniques to produce many of the Shinkansen's distinctive shapes.

Using Regenerated Energy from Trains

Since 2014, Tokyo Metro—the firm that operates the subway lines that run through downtown Tokyo—has been using regenerated power from subway cars to power the equipment in train stations.

The Shinkansen Network in Japan

A visit to Japan is incomplete without some travel on the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train network. With a new line connecting Hokkaido, there isn’t a better time to see all of Japan in the blink of an eye!

Amazon Lets You Buy Japanese Games Overseas

Got your eye set on a particular Japanese video game that hasn't been released overseas? After forbidding international game distribution for years, Amazon now has you covered!

How to Play Go

If Google's AlphaGo program can learn this traditional two-tone board game, then so can you!

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to Headphones?

Sony is developing a new device that gives you the ability to listen to music without putting anything in your ear.

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