All About Japan

Show Us the Money: Japan's Currency Redesign

The Ministry of Finance has revealed new designs for the Japanese yen banknotes set to debut in 2024, and they look awesome! Check out the new designs, as well as their inspirations.

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.

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.

Calligraphy Artist Speaks with Her Brush

Japanese calligrapher Nobuko Obata has pursued her lifelong passion for calligraphy, despite an accident that left her without hands from a young age.

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!

Pigs Populate the Latest Tokyo Animal Café

A pig café is the latest in a long line of adorable animal-themed cafés to open in Tokyo.

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Immersive Exhibit Shows Night View of Earth

Japanese designer Eisuke Tachikawa created a technological art installation inspired by the illuminating statement of a Japanese astronaut who viewed the world from space.

Sakura-Inspired Torch for the 2020 Olympics

The design for the torch, which will kick off the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, has been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it takes inspiration from Japan's favorite flower!

Surreal Combo of Sakura & Jellyfish at Skytree

The surreal and beautiful combination of cherry blossoms and jellyfish is part of a seasonal event at the Sumida Aquarium.

The Ephemeral Art of Japanese Bathhouses

The artists who specialize in painting Japanese bathhouses are few in number, but their enduring artistic spirit ensures the profession lives on.

Travel Like a Pro with the WOW! JAPAN APP

With the in-depth info of a guidebook and special discounts and coupons you can use on your trip, the WOW! JAPAN APP is one of the best tools for visitors to Japan!

Canvas Comes Alive in Immersive Installation

Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa has created an incredible, immersive installation that truly brings canvas to life!

Bread Artists Creations Look Too Good to Eat!

One Japanese artist has been heating up the bread community with her adorable toast art.

Japan is Home to World's Largest Starbucks

Tokyo's Starbucks Reserve Roastery is now open in Nakameguro! Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new location looks incredible!

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.

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!

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.

Feline Furniture is Purrfect for Cats & Owners

A company in Shimane Prefecture is making feline-friendly furniture that's great for both pets and owners!

The Aerial Beauty of Japanese Highways

While they may seem perfectly mundane from ground level, Japanese highways are marvels of structural engineering, and look incredible from a bird's-eye view.

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