All About Japan

Grandma Proves Art is Timeless

An 89-year-old photographer teaches us all a lesson in lifelong learning, and keeping a sense of humor.

The Ultimate Cup Ramen Cooker

Place your cup noodles into this vessel and you'll feel as though you'll be transported back thousands of years.

Hakone Yosegi Zaiku: World of Woodcraft

Hakone 'yosegi zaiku' is a kind of woodworking technique typically used to make puzzle boxes with elaborate opening mechanisms. Not only do they make a great gift—at the Hakone Trick Museum you can even make one of your own!

Katsumata Seicha: Organic Tea on Fuji's Edge

Located in the heart of Japan's premier tea-growing region, Katsumata Seicha traces its tea-making history back to the days of the Warring States Period.

Endlessly Changing Paintings Bring Art to Life

One artist's innovative techniques bring her paintings to life on the canvas.

How to Navigate a Japanese Washlet Toilet

If you're confused by all the buttons on a modern Japanese toilet, we're here to decipher all those mystifying symbols.

Kanjigram: An Adorable Way to Learn Japanese

Film director and animator Ayako Hiroki, a graduate of the College of Art and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, is using her knowledge of 3-D animation to make studying Japanese a lot more lively through her amazing Kanjigram videos.

Kaya no Sato: Life in Thatch

This association on the edge of Mount Fuji is working to preserve the thatching techniques needed to preserve many of Japan's historic structures, including the 'praying hands' houses of Shirakawa-go.

Giant Robots Battle It out, but Who Will Win?

The giant robot battle between Team USA and Team Japan that was two years in the making finally comes to an end, but it's only the beginning of giant robot fights.

Glimpse the Artistic Side of Yokohama

One artistic taxi driver uses photography to capture the everyday poetry of his job.

Muji Huts Are Back & Ready for Purchase

Previously only available to other businesses, these tiny Muji homes can now be purchased by anyone.

Sing & Learn the Names of Japanese Stations

Rock to the beat of station names and level up your knowledge of Japan’s railway system while you’re at it.

Defeat Final Fantasy Bosses on Yamanote Line

Unlock goodies, battle bosses and collect Final Fantasy characters at each of the Yamanote Line stations.

Necessary Japanese Jargon for Dating Apps

Dating apps are getting more popular Japan, as it gives people easier access to find dates and meet new people. Just like everything else in Japan, there's lots of jargon hiding the true meaning. Here are some common terms we've decoded for you.

Restoring Confidence, 1 Grain at a Time

Fukushima rice is bouncing back after March 11, 2011.

Can You Solve the Tokyo Metro Mystery?

One part scavenger hunt and one part mind puzzle, these clues will have you racing from one Tokyo metro subway station to the next.

A 'Lovely' & Effective Way to Learn Japanese

As there are lots of ways to learn a foreign language, you may be unable to make up your mind which is best for you. This article will propose one surefire way of learning that just may be helpful in your everyday life.

12 Instagram-Perfect Spots Just Outside Tokyo

Tokyo is great, there’s no doubt about that, but sometimes you just want to escape and see another side of Japan. And we’re here to help you do just that with these easy day-trips from Tokyo that are perfect for your Instagram feed.

Everyday Japanese Words Not in Your Textbook

Textbooks are essential to Japanese learning. But even if you memorized everything from your book and passed the N1 test, there's still a long road to mastering daily Japanese. Here are a few frequently used words that can add some magic to your Japanese!

Rikuzentakata: Where Dreams Go Global

Let's look at how the city of Rikuzentakata is being rebuilt in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 as the city works toward the dream of becoming a truly global community.

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