All About Japan

A Special Hidden Message about Staying Home

On May 6, Gifu Shimbun ran a full-page editorial encouraging their readers to stay home. Artfully executed, the message in the graphic ad is only legible from a distance. Can you read it?

Japan Launches Space Operations Unit in SDF

Japan welcomes its newest Self-Defense Forces team, the Space Operations Squadron, as the first SDF unit specializing in the field of space.

Yubari Melon Gets Fraction of Last Year Price

The price of high-end Yubari melons fetched only one-fortieth of last season's price at the first auction of the season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Find a Bit of Zen with Every Bite of Toast

Japanese designer and watercolor artist Manami Sasaki has embarked on a series of creative stay-at-home breakfasts using toast as her canvas.

These New Bento Fish Keep You Safe in Public

One small and easy replacement is changing this fish full of soy sauce into an easy-to-carry hand sanitizer bottle.

Tokyo Bento Shop Pays it Forward with IOU Food

As the loss of school lunches isn’t something some low-income families’ budgets can accommodate, local bento box lunch shop Chonando wants to help out by offering special reduced-price kids’ bento. Even for kids who cannot pay... for now at least.

Using Washi Paper to Make Delectable Dishes

There's no better time than now to learn a new skill, and these intriguing Japanese papercrafts will leave you hungry for more.

Tokyo Ward Begins Drive-Through COVID Testing

Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward begins drive-through PCR tests to check for the novel coronavirus to speed up screening in the capital.

Japan's 1918 Pandemic Prevention Posters

Even though Japan was widely cut off from much of the world when compared to today, the island nation still had to deal with the worldwide pandemic of 1918, better known as the Spanish Flu. These posters helped warn the populace of the time.

Ghibli Giving Free Backgrounds for Video Chats

The world famous art house made available a series of stills from their films that can be used as video conferencing backgrounds. Learn which movie background images were released.

Monk Covers Marley with Buddhist Instruments

Don't you worry about a thing, because this musical monk will make everything all right with his Bob Marley covers.

Religious Leaders Team Up to Pray for COVID-19

We're taking a look at this photo of religious leaders exhibiting all the elements we look for in an anime or movie scene when the most powerful members band together for the last stand.

Stay Comfy, Look Professional with WFH Pajamas

Business up top, casual down below, these pajamas will look to your colleagues like you're office ready.

Virtual Shopping Via Robot

The Tsutaya Electrics store in Tokyo’s Futakotamagawa area tests having customers shop virtually using a remotely controlled robot as many business establishments are closed due to the novel coronavirus.

Learn How to Draw Totoro from Ghibli Producer

With a background in editing and artistic talent so great he’s been given his own exhibitions, Toshio Suzuki is now sharing the secret to sketching one character he loves to draw: Totoro from Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature film "My Neighbor Totoro."

5 Tips to Work from Home (& Keep Your Sanity)

As many workers around the world transition into situations where they work from home, there is an opportunity for lots of chaos, frustration and tension. However, we have five tips that just might help you stay sane during your work from home routine.

6th Grader Makes & Donates Face Shields

A sixth-grade student is making face shields and donating them to medical institutions amid a shortage of personal protective equipment in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Make Your Accessories Fab at FabCafe Tokyo

At FabCafe Tokyo, the first digital fabrication café in Japan, you can use an assortment of 3-D scanners and printers, laser cutters, and a fleet of knowledgeable staff to make custom accessories, unique greeting cards, and even decorate macarons.

Cover Your Face With a Creative Origami Mask

Simply called the Origami Mask, the idea first came to everyone’s attention thanks to an instructional video from a Polish Art school, which quickly went viral online. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s incredibly simple to make.

Painting FFVII Cloud Using Traditional Methods

While Cloud and the gang from Final Fantasy VII got a big remake release this April, one artist took the protagonist back in time using traditional Japanese painting techniques.

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