Japan to Pay Families if Vaccine Causes Death
Some who fear the COVID-19 vaccine may be swayed by a report that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will award a lump sum of 44,200,000 yen (US$420,000) to the surviving family of any person who dies as a result of the vaccine.
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.
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.
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.
Saitama Vending Machine Selling Covid-19 Tests
Japanese vending machines are well known for selling some pretty unique items, and this one in Saitama Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo, is offering PCR Test kits for you to take in the comfort of your own home.
Osaka Hotel Says 'Thank You' with ¥390 Rooms!
While the ¥390 discount is a bit of a pun, you really can get a room for less than the cost of a bowl of ramen!
Sip on Springtime with Cherry Blossom Beer
It isn't spring until you've had a taste of everything sakura-flavored—including this refreshing cherry blossom beer!
McDonald's Celebrates Its 50th Year in Japan
McDonald’s Japan is ringing in its 50th year in the nation with a comprehensive look back on the last half-century.
Fukuoka's Giant Gorilla Is Symbol of Strength
Since the Amabie didn't swoop in to save Japan from the pandemic, one town in Fukuoka decided to bring in a straw-based specialist to, well, smash the virus with fearsome fists and glowing red eyes!
Fall in Love with Mister Donut's V-Day Collab
You may have heard about this year’s Valentine flavor lineup at Mister Donut, but you’re probably wondering just how delectable these Pierre Marcolini donuts are, right? Let's take a look inside the special "Mister Donut meets Pierre Marcolini" bags.
Loewe's Limited 'Totoro' Luxury Leather Goods
Spanish luxury leather designer Loewe has released a special, limited-edition capsule collection for fans to combine their love of the film with quality goods.
Whisky Barrel Aged Kit Kat Bringing Sexy Snaps
Japan is known for its unusual Kit Kats, including its latest Kit Kat, made all the more special as it uses chocolate made from cacao nibs aged in whiskey barrels for 180 days.
Journey to Your Winter Wonderland via Catbus
We were blown away by this anime snow builder's renditions of Totoro's Catbus and other fan favorites.
Drink 'Everlong' with Foo Fighters' New Sake
It’s not every day an American band announces it will be releasing its very own sake, but that’s what happened when rock royalty Foo Fighters uploaded a surprising new video on their official YouTube channel.
Soy Man are Here to Sate Your Meat-Free Hunger
Craving a pork cutlet sandwich, beef bowl, or plate of meat sauce pasta? The convenience store has got you covered. But what if you wanting the taste of meat without eating
Tokyo Arcade Sets World Record for Crane Games
On January 7, 2021, the Sega Shinjuku Kabukicho arcade officially received a certificate saying they broke the Guinness World Record for having the most crane games in a single establishment.
2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast Is Finally Here
It's high time to start making your cherry-blossom-viewing plans.
English Spelling Error Found on New Beer
Beer lovers in Japan had been looking forward to the release of a new limited-edition brew this January. But one spelling mistake is going to keep them waiting longer.
Delight Your Valentine with Pokémon Chocolates
What do you get for the Pokémon fan who has caught 'em all this Valentine's Day? Your heart in the form of these chocolates!
Hatsune Miku Might Be Getting an Airport!
Japan’s first, and most popular, "vocaloid idol" has long been an ambassador for Sapporo. However, Miku just may also be attaching her name and star power to Sapporo's Okadama Airport.