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Masks for Musical Instruments

Masks have become an everyday necessity in the coronavirus age, and now there are masks for musical instruments.

Tokyo Stocks Rise to 30-Year High

Tokyo stocks rise on better-than-expected gross domestic product data released in the morning, with the key Nikkei index topping 30,000 for the first time in over 30 years.

Starbucks Welcomes Spring '21 with New Flavors

Every year, Starbucks hopes to capture Japanese springtime in a cup with annual sakura-flavored releases. And we just got a taste of their newly released offerings for 2021.

Emperor Wishes for Bright Future on Birthday

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito expresses his hope for a brighter future following the coronavirus pandemic at a press conference held on the occasion of his 61st birthday.

Life-Size Dolls Enliven Girls' Festival Event

Life-size “Hina” dolls are on display at a historic inn in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, for the doll festival on March 3.

Combini-Bodega Concept Restaurant in Harajuku

A new experimental restaurant in Harajuku is looking to combine the communal experience of a Japanese convenience store with that of a Bronx bodega.

These Traditional Dolls Are Earthquake Ready

As one kokeshi doll workshop's owners began cleaning up their shop, a flash of genius stuck them: why not equip their topple-prone traditional dolls with lights that can be used in case of future earthquakes?

Special Starbucks Mugs Showcase Local Artisans

Starbucks Japan has a series of tumblers and coffee mugs that highlight the splendor of local pottery, and our friends at Spoon & Tamago have compiled some of their favorites.

Make Your Own Cup-Noodle-Approved Chawanmushi

Now you can turn that end-of-ramen frown upside-down by using your leftover broth to make a savory egg custard.

Japan's Vaccination Drive Is Underway

Japan began its coronavirus vaccination drive on February 17, starting with frontline medical workers. The central and local governments and medical workers are coordinating efforts to that end.

Taro Award Winner Is Youngest Ever at 17

The incredibly bold paintings of Chifu Onishi took home the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, making her the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.

250+ Free Pictograms All About Life in Japan

Graphic designer Kenya Hara and Nippon Design Center have created over 250 pictograms supporting tourism visually. And you can get them for free!

Tokyo Metro Launches 17000 Train Series

Tokyo Metro has added a new train model to its lineup on the subway system.

Mount Unzen Eruption Site to be Preserved

Locals in southwestern Japan begin digging up areas devastated by the 1991 eruption at Mount Unzen as part of efforts to preserve the disaster remains.

Touchless Toilet Panel Is Safety Innovation

Japanese toilets are well known for their high-tech wash-and-dry functions, controlled by a panel located near the toilet seat. While it's great for keeping your rear clean, the pandemic has highlighted one major problem: it doesn’t keep fingers clean.

Mural Highlights Japan's Bond with Germany

In celebration of the long-standing ties between Japan and Germany, TokyoDex has curated an 80-meter mural along the German Embassy's Tokyo walls.

Hashimoto's 1st Day as Tokyo 2020 Games Chief

Seiko Hashimoto got to work on February 19 as the new president of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway

Pfizer vaccines arrive in hospitals in Tokyo ahead of inoculation which is set to start on February 17.

Japanese Onomatopoeia: There's a Word for That

Get help learning Japanese onomatopoeia with the help of 100 international illustrators in one remarkable little book.

Preparations Underway for Olympic Torch Relay

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have publicized guidelines for the torch relay that will start in Japan on March 25.

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