All About Japan

Starbucks Selling Reusable Silicone Straws

Starbucks is selling reusable silicone straws in Japan as part of efforts to reduce plastic waste, and it comes with a carrying case and washing brush.

Innovative Businesses are Battling Food Loss

Food loss has become a global issue, and Japan is no exception. A number of innovative initiatives have recently sprung up in Japan to help spare food from the garbage bin and reduce food loss.

Moody Kiri-e Work from Musashino Arts Student

Musashino Arts University student Ayaka Chigira created this masterpiece by only cutting pieces from a single piece of paper!

Haruki Murakami & Uniqlo's Very Unique Collabo

One of Japan's most prolific authors has something new for fans: a collaboration with Uniqlo!

Collective Impact: STOP! Food Loss & Waste

In line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment is expanding efforts to reduce food loss. The Collective Impact; STOP! Food Loss & Waste Project is one step toward realizing change.

Trying to Make the Antiviral Legend Go Viral

Legend has it that seeing a drawing of this yokai named Amabie will cure or protect a person from any disease. The creature itself is said to have asked to be drawn and shared around – what is known today as an ‘Instagram shout-out.’

Book Designs for Ishiguro's New Novel Released

We've got the scoop on prolific author Kazuo Ishiguro's latest book cover designs. But why are they so dramatically different?

Ammonia Just May Be the Fuel of the Future

Heavy-industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is experimenting with a technology that uses ammonia to generate thermal power.

A 10-Year Challenge to Achieve Sustainability

Sustainable Development Goals are essential not only to our planet as a whole, but to our businesses, which will need to work hard to adapt to our ever-changing lifestyle.

Colorful Couture Inspired by Jomon-Era Pottery

A fashion student is representing traditional Japanese pottery with his haute couture dressed that share more than a passing resemblance to ancient Jomon design.

Salt Used to Create Stunning Sakura Artwork

Artist Motoi Yamamoto's latest work is a moving tribute to his family, the fallen petals in his life.

Bear Attacks in Japan: There Is A Solution

Tried and True Ways to Coexist as told by a bear conservationist

Japan to Provide ¥50,000 Handout to Parents

The Japanese government adopts a set of emergency measures to help parents in financial dire straits.

Femtech to Fight Menstruation Issues

The femtech market is slowly expanding in Japan together with the advancement of women.

From Rubbish to Resource: Recycling Food

While composting isn't a new concept, it is receiving increased attention in Japan due to increasing environmental awareness. Find out how composting is becoming more convenient and user-friendly in the hopes of widespread adoption throughout the country.

The World's First Disposable Paper Razor

One company is doing its part in reducing its use of single-use plastics with a completely disposable paper razor.

Memorializing March 11 Victims in Mandala Art

Artist Yuri Shimojo turned a way to deal with the pain of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami into peace-filled art with her "Memonto Mori" series of mandala-like paintings.

Violin Made from Iwate's 'Miracle Pine Tree'

A violin made from the lone pine tree that survived the March 2011 tsunami in Iwate Prefecture is featured at a memorial concert held in Tokyo on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

Artist Onogawa's 1-Centimeter-Wide Origami

Naoki Onogawa is sending up a tribute to the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami with his incredibly tiny origami prayer cranes.

Home Appliances Can Help Prevent Food Loss

Smart applications, home appliances, and good practices can help prevent and reduce food loss in households.

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