Astonishingly Beautiful Hand-Cut Paper Art
One Japanese artist is showing off her mad cutting skills with these intricate works of art.
A Powerful Message of Peace From a Café
Nagasaki Starbucks marks the anniversary of World War II's end with a powerful message of peace on its chalkboard.
Learn Hiragana From Handsome Anime Men
Flashcards not doing it for you when it comes to memorizing hiragana? Try a new smartphone game that will keep you glued to the screen with attractive anime men that will help you study the Japanese syllabary characters.
Online Shopping in Japan (by JLPT Level)
JLPT surely stands for 'Just Let People Trade' right? Joking aside, we're bringing you a list of five of the best Japanese shopping websites, ranked by the level of Japanese (according to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test) needed to access them.
Let out Your Inner Train Otaku
New Japanese train-themed karaoke lets you belt out announcements without being a public nuisance in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward.
Fireflies Light up the Night in Amazing Photos
One Japanese photographer perfectly captures the natural beauty of Japanese summer nights by focusing on fireflies.
The Discovery of Ramen: For Kids!
San Francisco-based publisher Immedium is looking to extend its series of multicultural kids' books with a look at the origins of ramen! Hungry for more? Find out how you can support this delightful project on Kickstarter!
University Entrance Exam Adds Ninja Section
If you don’t know your 'mizugumo' from your 'kunai,' then I’m afraid you might not be Mie University material.
Tackling Cultural Isolation through Rugby
In the short documentary 'Union,' a young Maori working in Japan tackles his cultural isolation using the universal language of rugby.
Cut Through Paper with Katana Scissors
Not only are these scissors in the shape of Japanese swords, but their designs are inspired by four famous samurai.
Using the ili Translator in Rural Japan
Our writer Robert went on a cycling trip around western Japan and had an opportunity to test out the ili translation device in a few rural areas. Let's see how it works!
Cement Your Friendship With a Custom Seal
For the perfect birthday present, choose from a full array of 366 'hana komon' seals, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism.
Kirin Toasts Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage couples will now receive the same benefits like condolence leave, company housing and other benefits
Must-See Art Festivals After Summer
Summer festival season is winding down, but there are still fantastic ways to appreciate art around the country through to New Year's!
The Japanese 'Taiko' Drum Goes Electronic
The world's first ever electronic 'taiko' drum will be played on stage with the internationally recognized performance group Kodo.
Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life
Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.
5 of the Best SIM-Only Contracts in Japan
Our guide to the cheapest options for getting a phone contract in Japan.
An Inexpensive Way to Make Bath Bombs
Why spend money on a luxurious bath bomb when you can make one yourself using ingredients and gadgets from ¥100 store?
New Unicorn Gundam Is Almost Complete
Though it's set to be revealed in fall 2017, fans have already been shooting photos and videos of the 19.7-meter (64.6-foot) Unicorn Gundam that can also shift from its standard Unicorn Mode into a high-performance Destroy Mode.
The Smart Guide to Teaching English in Japan
Looking to come to Japan to teach? Already here and hoping to get more out of your career? This book may be for you!