All About Japan

Kengo Kumo & Kadokawa's Manga Museum Collab

Part museum and part library, Tokorozawa Sakura Town has a new, stylish place to hang thanks to manga publisher Kadokawa and star architect Kengo Kuma.

Honda to Sell World 1st Level 3 Automated Car

Honda Motor plans to start selling the world’s first commercially available Level 3 automated cars by the end of March 2021. Level 3 vehicles can drive autonomously by detecting the environment around them, not needing driver input.

Camera-Inspired Edo Kiriko Glasses from Canon

Camera lovers need to snap up these stylish drinking glasses, inspired by Canon cameras and made from traditional Edo Kiriko glass.

Worship Your Feline Friend with Its Own Shrine

Your cat already walks around like a god of the house, so why not get a cardboard shrine to show your true devotion.

Introducing Flood-Resistant Floating Homes

A Japanese homebuilder has developed a house that floats during flooding as a measure to prevent permanent structural damage.

Keep Safer with Foot-Operated Vending Machines

Beverage manufacturer Dydo Drinco's newest vending machine can be used with your feet.

Fugaku Reigns as World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Riken institute said Japan’s Fugaku remains the world’s fastest supercomputer in international rankings released twice a year.

Secret Shopping Sprawls Under the Train Tracks

Welcome to Hibiya Okuroji, a new alleyway underneath Tokyo's railroad system that's filled with shops and eateries.

Get Your Hands on the Ultimate Hand-Drawn Maze

The artist called Papa has once again picked up his pen in an attempt to outdo himself, creating one of the most challenging yet beautiful mazes we've seen.

Turning Fashion Trash to Functioning Treasure

A Japanese designer has created a stunning, yet functioning chair that's made entirely from excess fabric from the fast fashion industry.

Supercomputer Shows How Coronavirus Is Spread

Researchers in Japan used the supercomputer Fugaku to simulate how the novel coronavirus spreads, looking at a case in which four people are sitting at a dining table and talking without masks on.

Tech That Measures Congestion in Indoor Areas

Officials tested a system at Tokyo Dome that uses state-of-the-art technology to measure congestion in indoor arenas.

The Perfect Hotel for Digital Nomads

Prince Hotels opens an accommodation facility where everything from making reservations to checking out can be done with a smartphone.

2020 Laundromat of the Year Award Winners

Bringing you the best of the best when it comes to getting your brights brighter.

Rebranding the Historic Izumo Taisha Shrine

Creative director Yu Yamada and art director Kishino Shogo worked with Izumo Taisha to modernize the crests and symbols of the shrine.

Sharp Unveils Fog-Free Face Shields

Electronics firm Sharp has developed face shields that do not fog up or glare like conventional products do.

Osaka Contest for Mini-Gardens on Small Trucks

The Kei-tora Gardening Contest has chosen its winner for 2020. Click to see which mini-truck garden received to top prize.

Artist Uses Fruits & Vegetables for Carvings

Sometimes it's okay to play with your food. Especially if you're Kyoto-based artist Tomoko Sato.

Trees on Trees on Trees: Cedar Platforms

Have you ever seen a tree growing atop another? Come learn why this cool and ancient technique encourages proper forestation.

A 13-Year-Old's Inspiring Community Bakery

To support their 13-year-old daughter living with a psychiatric disorder, one couple built the bakery of her dreams.

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