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.
Pigs Populate the Latest Tokyo Animal Café
A pig café is the latest in a long line of adorable animal-themed cafés to open in Tokyo.
Feline Furniture is Purrfect for Cats & Owners
A company in Shimane Prefecture is making feline-friendly furniture that's great for both pets and owners!
Capturing the Perfect Pink of Sakura
The pastel pink of Japan's cherry blossoms paints the country for nearly a month in spring. One artisan has spent years trying to capture this color from nature and use it to dye fabrics.
The Modernization of Japanese Bathhouses
Traditional Japanese bath houses in Tokyo are looking to boost their profile among younger and international clientele with the help of a popular Japanese fashion brand.
Bread Artists Creations Look Too Good to Eat!
One Japanese artist has been heating up the bread community with her adorable toast art.
Men Bare Souls (& Bodies) for Good Fortune
This winter festival in Aomori sees a few dozen men strip down to pray for good health and a good harvest!
Robot Housekeepers in the Near Future
This housekeeping robot can keep your home spic and span while you're away!
Cleaning Up with the Help of Ceramics
Water pollution is a serious problem affecting many parts of the world. Researchers in Japan have come up with a natural solution—custom-made ceramic rocks. Let’s take a look at how plant-based pebbles are cleaning up ponds and seawater in Nagasaki
The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival Kicks Off
The Sapporo Snow Festival is underway in Hokkaido, with more than 190 snow and ice sculptures on display around the city between February 4 to February 11.
The Next Big Food to Hop onto Japanese Menus?
Is one researcher's search for a sustainable food source for the future the next big food craze in Japan, or is the idea hopping mad?
Check Out a Tricky New Sign at Haneda Airport
A train operator gets creative using optical illusions in the hopes of enhancing safety of passengers from Haneda Airport.
Discover Secret Scenic Spots in Japan
Japan’s natural scenery and local cultural experiences are drawing more and more international visitors off the beaten path.
Seasonal Fire Festival Drives Demons Away
300 people gather in Fukuoka to take part in the 1,000-year-old Onisube ritual to ward away demons like illness and disaster.
Hot Spring Towns Expand Horizons
Some sleepy hot spring towns are coming up with innovative local products and activities to attract new visitors.
Looking for Luxury? Japan Has You Covered!
As international customers rush to discover Japan's many charms, efforts are being made to attract affluent tourists looking for high-end luxury experiences.
Zoo Hopes to Help Japan's Traditional Dogs
A zoo in Wakayama Prefecture will be showcasing traditional Japanese Kishu Inu in hopes of increasing owners, and keeping the breed strong.
Feeling Thirsty? Try Ocean-Aged Wine!
As winemaking gets increasingly popular in Japan, some makers are trying innovative techniques lost to time, such as aging the alcoholic beverage in the ocean.