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!
How to Navigate a Japanese Air Conditioner
A handy guide to navigating all of the complicated settings on a Japanese air conditioner—trust us, when summer heats up you'll be glad you read this!
Sand Sculpture Asks Japan to Protect Oceans
One Japanese artist created an elaborately carved full-page editorial featured in the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper on a beach in Chiba to implore everyone to take care of the beautiful oceans on which Japan depends so much.
See Your Country as a Samurai with This Series
In honor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a group of artists is celebrating the participating nations by turning their flags into samurai.
Facial Recognition Tech Coming to Narita
Narita International Airport will introduce a facial recognition system to help speed up the boarding process come 2020.
Newly Completed Olympic Venue Is Making Waves
Take a glimpse at the rowing and canoe venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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.
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.
How Money is Made in Japan
Get a peek behind the kimono, so to speak, as the National Printing Bureau shows how paper money is made in Japan.
Rescue Dogs Brighten Up Nursing Home
These dogs used to live in shelters and needed a place to live. They found one—in a nursing home in Kanagawa Prefecture. And they brought smiles to the faces of the residents and staff.
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.
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.
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.
Social Media Motivates Paper Cutting Artist
Social media is motivating a paper cutting artist to continue creating incredibly intricate works of art out of a single piece of paper.
Natural Incense Born of Tradition
This beautiful leaf-shaped paper incense is produced by a company on Awaji Island that has been in the business for 120 years!
Subscription Living for Your Inner Nomad
Customers can let their wanderlust loose and stay at more than 50 facilities in Japan and overseas for a set fee each month.
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.
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.
Cool Down This Summer with Watery Earrings
Dive into these gorgeous earrings that look exactly like a pool of crystal clear shimmering water on a warm summer day!
LGBT Partnerships in Japan: One Step Forward
Gay marriage in Japan is still not a reality, but partnership systems and certificates are slowly gaining ground. Read on to find out more about options for same-sex couples in Japan looking to tie the knot.