All About Japan

COVID-19 Tracking App Launched in Japan

Japan launches a smartphone app that notifies users when they may have come into contact with someone infected with the COVID-19.

See Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Like Never Before

Tennis star Naomi Osaka appeared in GQ Japan’s June edition, in a cover that was actually drawn by her older sister, Mari Osaka!

Making Japanese Washi Paper from Food Waste

An established paper maker in central Japan has come up with a new type of washi that’s also eco-friendly. Craftswoman Masami Igarashi has 25 years of experience manufacturing washi and related products. She now makes paper from vegetable and fruit waste.

A Home Ready for the 'New Normal'

Custom-home builder Aqurahome has unveiled features that can help residents take measures to keep the home cleaner.

How Fireworks in Japan Were Used for Epidemics

Learn more about the meaning of fireworks in Japan and why they are connected to COVID-19.

Fireworks Flying High All Across Japan

Following the surprise five-minute fireworks festivals that appeared all over the country, we finally got some pictures of the event from fireworks fans at home. If you couldn't see them from your area, then click through to see a sample of summer!

Japanese Art Supporting 'Black Lives Matter'

Amid the ongoing protests and marches following the brutal killing of George Floyd by an American police force, Japanese artists in Japan and abroad are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the form of diverse artworks.

Toyota Invests in Joint Space Venture

Toyota Motor and three major Japanese banks invest in a new fund for space development aimed at nurturing domestic startups in the field.

Social Distance Supper with a Stuffed Capybara

The restaurant at Izu Shabonten Zoo in Shizuoka, Japan is crowded! But not by people, but stuffed capybaras that have been strategically placed throughout the restaurant to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Take a Virtual Tour 'Beyond Tokyo'

Amid continued travel restrictions and pleas to stay at home to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic around the globe, we figured you might want to check out a unique way to tour one of Tokyo's most popular neighborhoods.

Toyota to Allow Permanent Work From Home

Toyota Motor will allow eligible employees to permanently work from home. Until now workers needed special permission to work remotely, but the automaker decided on the new measure due to increased productivity.

Yamato Is Making Yukatas for All

Yamato, a kimono maker with over 100 years of history, decided to apply to their garments the concept of universal design, making them accessible for everyone.

Lawson's Products Got a Brand New Bag

Japan’s third-largest convenience store chain recently hired design firm Nendo to re-brand the packaging on over 700 private label products. And the result is as stunning as it is subtle.

Award-Winning Train Designed by Architect

Architect Kazuyo Sejima’s commuter express train, Laview, took home a prestigious award for its sleek, unique look.

Japanese Supercomputer Is World's Fastest

Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer, developed jointly by Riken and Fujitsu, has been ranked the fastest in the world.

Ryosuke Otomo's Slice of Life Illustrations

Illustrator Ryosuke Otomo takes inspiration from the small, relatable moments of life.

Japan to Abolish Seal-Stamping System

Bad news for fans of Japanese seals! Japan is looking to do away with its custom of physical seal stamping and come up with a digitized process.

Hotel Why Thinks Zero Waste Is Not a Question

Tokushima has a zero-waste policy, and Hotel Why is doing its part to be a call-to-action hotel. Why is it shaped like a question mark? Read on to find out.

Uniqlo Opening Cutting-Edge Store in Harajuku

Apparel giant Fast Retailing is opening a high-tech Uniqlo outlet in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku area on Friday, June 5. Customers can choose clothing using a special app installed on these tablets on the wall.

Japan Rolls Out Paid Plastic Bags Policy

Japan mandates businesses to charge customers for plastic shopping bags as part of efforts to tackle plastic waste. Stores are responding in various ways.

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