First Look at the Tokyo Olympic Village Plaza
The plaza of the Tokyo Games athletes’ village has been unveiled ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Cashless Payment at Japan’s Post Offices
Starting with 65 branches, cashless payment is coming to the Japanese postal service. Japan Post plans to expand the service to 85,000 post offices in May, and to all branches in the future.
Harry Potter Studio May Come to Tokyo
Warner Bros hopes to open a Harry Potter Studio in Tokyo after a famous amusement park closes.
Snow Falls West of Tokyo
Some parts of Japan's Kanto and Koshin regions, west of Tokyo, were hit with over 30 cm of snow this past week!
Hokkaido Receives Largest Snowfall This Winter
The capital of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido receives the largest amount of snowfall this winter.
Japan’s Olympic Uniforms Unveiled
Official uniforms for Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic teams were unveiled ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The World’s Stinkiest Flowers Bloom in Ibaraki
Japan is known for many clean, delicious and tantalizing smells, but Tsukuba Botanical Garden just bloomed a 2-meter tall corpse flower, titan arum, that gives off a foul odor.
Kemari: Japan’s Ancient Ball Game
People in Kyoto are reenacting an ancient type of Japanese football that was played by nobles centuries ago.
How to Enjoy a Valentine's Date for One
A survey shows that women in Japan tend to buy Valentine chocolates that are more expensive for themselves than for their partners.
Hokkaido Feeling Record Cold -25° Temps
Inland areas of Hokkaido including Etanbetsu and Horokanai are setting record temperatures near -25°C, the coldest this year in all of Japan.
New Year, New Swords
Bladesmiths in central Japan show visitors the traditional method for making Japanese swords.
Japanese Tradition of Scaring Kids Continues!
Men dressed as demons scare children in northeastern Japan to discourage them from being lazy.
People Are Grabbing Paper for Health
People scramble to grab pieces of “sacred” paper from a demon at a Shinto shrine in southwestern Japan.
Bungee Jumping into Adulthood
Some of Japan’s new adults celebrate their coming of age this year with bungee jumping.
Commuting by Boat in Tokyo
A boat-commuting experiment is carried out in Tokyo in hopes to ease train congestion.
Tearing Down The House
Officials in Tokyo spent nearly US$27,000 tearing down a decaying house in the Kita Ward.
Crowning This Year's 'Luckiest Man in Japan'
Men from around Japan take part in a race at Nishinomiya Shrine in a bid to become this year’s "Luckiest Man."
Cardboard Beds for Olympians Revealed
In order to be more eco-conscious, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic athletes will sleep in beds made of cardboard.
Tokyo Olympics Preparations Almost Completed
With less than seven months to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin, preparations in Japan are almost completed.
Annual Firefighter Ceremony Heats Up Tokyo
Tokyo firefighters take part in a yearly ceremony to mark the official start of duties in the New Year, much to the crowd's anticipation and delight. And we've got the thrilling video of the exercises.