Work-Life Balance Improves with Tiny Business
An increasing number of Japanese people are starting tiny businesses with small funds, and find that their work-life balance is improving without having to sacrifice their livelihoods.
Step Inside One of Akihabara's Weirdest Shops
A very strange toy shop in Akihabara—an area chock-full of weird shops—sells whacky, bizarre and funny inventions.
Meet the New Ramen Craze in Yamanashi
‘Raho’ ramen—a combination of classic ramen soup and ingredients with Yamanashi's local 'hoto' noodles—is on the rise in this town in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Iga Ninjas Clean Up the Town
The town of Iga in Mie Prefecture was home to a renowned clan of shadow warriors. In conjunction with their annual Ninja Festival, the garbage men donned shinobi garb to get in on the action!
Oodles of Noodles Land New World Record
Hundreds feast on noodles to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest instant noodle tasting event.
Ringing in Reiwa
See how people from across the country rang in the new Reiwa Era.
Experience the Sound of the New Era in MIDI
The keyboard player from the Japanese band Re:ply has used his ingenuity to create a MIDI musical using the characters for the new era.
Living Large in Tiny Japanese Houses
This latest trend in Japanese architecture sees people living in minimalist homes to minimize cost and maximize their time.
The Convenience Store with a Bar!
If you're in Fukuoka, you can now enjoy a classy cocktail when you take a trip to pick something up from the convenience store!
Run with the Foxes at Zao Fox Village
Zao Fox Village in Miyagi Prefecture is home to 100 foxes that visitors can feed, hold and pet!
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Customers can let their wanderlust loose and stay at more than 50 facilities in Japan and overseas for a set fee each month.
Samurai Clean the Mean Streets of Tokyo
A trio of samurai armed with tongs perform as they fight to keep the streets of the metropolis free from litter.
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!
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.
Tokyo Hanami Hot Spot: Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park is a beloved spot in Tokyo for cherry blossom viewing. With some 200 cherry blossom trees, it's easy to see why!
Hanami Starts in Tokyo with Index Tree
How is the official start of hanami season determined in Tokyo? The Japan Meteorological Agency uses a special 'index tree' located at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine.
Tokyo Hanami Hot Spot: Ueno Park
This expansive park in eastern Tokyo is one of the most popular places to enjoy cherry blossoms, and with good reason!
2019 Tokyo Sakura Season Officially Begins!
As of Thursday, March 21, the flower frenzy that sweeps the nation has officially begun in Tokyo!
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.
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.