Kimono Company Makes Masks for Nightlife Staff
Otozuki, a manufacturer of traditional kimono garments, has teamed up with a company that runs nightclubs to develop hostess-friendly face masks that make it easy to sip drinks and converse with customers while maintaining a safe environment.
Ukiyo-e Couple Show Ancient Art of Sleeping In
Turns out Japanese folks were hitting the snooze button before electronic clocks even existed. How? By getting roosters drunk!
Shibuya Public Restrooms Get Designer Makeover
The Nippon Foundation is collaborating with the ward and 16 world-renowned architects and designers to transform 17 public lavatories.
AI Bartender Serving Up Age-Based Craft Beers
Electronics maker NEC has used artificial intelligence to come up with craft beers reflecting the characteristics of age groups. The AI analyzed some 300 magazines from a 40-year-period to propose beer tastes for people in their 20s to 50s.
Buddhist Monk on Celebrating Sexual Diversity
Makeup artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura discusses their views on sexual diversity and faith.
New Hanko Ink Lets You Use Colors of Nature
These inks won't let you paint with all the colors of the wind, but you can now stamp your name with different colors inspired by nature.
Marvel at the Art of Long Exposure Photographs
Japanese artist Tokihiro Sato has been mastering the art of long exposure photography, and Spoon & Tamago has collected some of his coolest moments.
Viewing Wartime Hiroshima with Virtual Reality
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hiroshima
A group of local high school students revives wartime Hiroshima using VR technology to see what Hiroshima's A-bomb Dome looked like before the destruction.
Kyoto's Ace Hotel Got a Kengo Kuma Makeover
Star designer Kengo Kuma unveils his latest architectural feat: renovating Kyoto’s Ace Hotel.
Renaissance Paintings Purr-fect for Cat Lovers
Japanese contemporary artist Tokuhiro Kawai uses his mastery of oil painting to create surreal images that invoke the Italian painters of the High Renaissance. But instead of heroes, saints, and the divine, he largely focuses on lots of cats.
Beautiful Origami Paper Using Gum Wrappers
Once you're done chewing a piece of Lotte gum, the company wants you to use the colorful wrapper to make your own origami koala or penguin. And they even offer instructions.
Japan Looks to AI for COVID-19 Countermeasures
Japan’s government launches a panel of experts to discuss formulating coronavirus countermeasures using artificial intelligence and the supercomputer Fugaku.
Get Good Lighting from Stylish Hurricane Lamp
Check out these cool floor lamps made from swirling water into a small hurricane.
Getting to Know Your Bathtub Better
Learn more about bathing in Japan with this online event.
Sony Reveals New Self-Driving EV Prototype
Sony unveils a prototype for its self-driving electric vehicle that uses 33 state-of-the-art sensors that support autonomous mobility.
Toyota's Pandemic Profits Plunge to 98%
Toyota Motor Corporation's operating profit plunges 98 percent for the April-to-June quarter.
More Foreign Than Japanese Residents in 2019
The Tokyo area welcomed more new foreign residents than Japanese citizens last year, marking the first time for the foreign population to increase faster than the Japanese one for the area since the ministry began separating such demographic data in 2012.
Japan Approves Second COVID-19 Treatment
The use of dexamethasone to treat people infected with the novel coronavirus has been approved as the second drug that doctors can now prescribe to COVID-19 patients in the country.
Roadtrip 5 Awesome Spots on the Noto Peninsula
Discover the secrets of the Noto Peninsula, situated on the wild northwestern coast of Honshu. Although remote, this area has it all; beautiful natural sights, historical architecture, fine handicrafts and relaxing hot spring resorts!
Get Your Hands on 'Twilight at Nihonbashi'
Learn how you can score one of these cool, ukiyo-e-inspired photos that are great as phone wallpapers.