2020 Olympic Torches on Display in Tokyo
The 2020 Olympic & Paralympic torches can be picked up and held while they are on display in Tokyo!
The First Sunrise of Fuji Climbing Season
People gathered, as they do every year, on Mount Fuji to take in the first sun rise after the southern side opens to climbers.
EVs for the Elderly
In an effort to curb the increasing number of traffic accidents involving senior drivers in Japan, new types of electric vehicles are being developed with the aging population in mind.
Newly Completed Olympic Venue Is Making Waves
Take a glimpse at the rowing and canoe venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Self-Driving Bus Test Now Touring Tokyo Roads
SB Drive, a Softbank subsidiary, is putting their new self-driving bus through its next big test: navigating the public roads of Tokyo.
Smash at Tokyo's Latest Unique All-You-Can-X!
The latest in Tokyo's expansive line of "all-you-can" experiences, Reeast Room is a unique facility that allows people to destroy whatever is in the room!
The Main Stadium for 2020 is Nearly Complete!
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics main stadium is 90% complete, one year before the games begin.
Flock to Shikoku to See the City of Scarecrows
Tourists are making their way to a dwindling community in Tokushima Prefecture, where the number of residents is greatly outnumbered by scarecrows.
6 Tohoku Festivals in 1!
Tohoku's Kizuna Festival takes place in one of its six prefectures every year in the hopes of a full recovery from the 2011 disasters.
More Beer at the Rugby World Cup
It may come as no surprise, but organizers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup are eyeing more beer production toward the sporting event to meet the demands of inbound fans.
Happy Birthday Shan Shan!
Giant panda Shan Shan, who was born in Tokyo's own Ueno Zoo, has turned two years old!
Flip Out at This Unique Iwate Event
People compete in Iwate Prefecture to be the best table-flipper, venting their frustrations or shouting out their hopes and dreams.
Eco Olympics: Recycled Plastics & Metals
Recycled plastic podiums and metals made from recycled electronics are just a few of the eco-friendly initiatives being enacted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Young Drummer, Big Dreams
12-year-old drum wonder Hibiki Sakai is blind, but realized his dream of performing on stage with Japanese band Def Tech.
Japan's Super Expensive Seasonal Watermelons
A pair Hokkaido's homegrown Raiden watermelons fetched ¥300,000—about US$2,700—at the first auction of the season!
Rugby World Cup Trophy Arrives in Japan
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September, the prestigious trophy that will go to the winning team—the Webb Ellis Cup—arrived in Japan!
Olympic Torch Relay Route Decided
Set to begin March of 2020, the route across Japan for the Olympic torch relay has been decided! It is expected to stop at myriad World Heritage sites and historical hotspots.
Facial Recognition Tech Coming to Narita
Narita International Airport will introduce a facial recognition system to help speed up the boarding process come 2020.
Tourists Flock for a Glimpse of Old Japan
Townscapes that preserve the atmosphere of Japan's yesteryear are attracting more international visitors than ever before.
Hyper-Realistic Cat Art Helps Cope with Loss
Wakuneco, a Japanese needle felting artist, works to help people cope with the loss of their beloved feline friends with incredibly realistic replicas made from felt.