All About Japan

A Brief History of Emoji

You likely know that emoji originated in Japan, but do you know how they ended up basically everywhere in the world?

Stay Connected! Phone Service for Tourists

Finding a way to stay connected using your smartphone abroad is always bothersome, and Japan is no exception. Read on to learn all you'll need to know to ease the process!

Enter the Ghibli World Through Virtual Reality

Ever wanted to be in a Ghibli movie but weren't quite animated enough? Well, your dream is now a reality—virtual reality that is!

Review: Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10

When it comes to standard digital watches, Casio stands out above all others in features, reliability, and accuracy. So when it announced its WSD-F10 Android Wear-powered Smart Outdoor Watch, everyone, including smartwatch skeptics, perked up.

Share Your Music with the Song Wig

In a bold and radical new take on wearable tech, a device wants to take the music you listen to and put it at everyone else’s fingertips. Introducing the Song Wig!

Create Your Very Own Anime Film!

The same animation software that created the wonderful Ghibli film 'Princess Mononoke' will be available to download for free!

The Whole-Body Gaming Experience!

From your head to your feet, you'll be able to control a 3-D scanned version of yourself in IBM Japan's newest gaming project.

7 Japanese Gadgets You Can't Live Without!

During your stay you may come in contact with these seven gadgets that help make life in Japan a little bit easier. But as soon as you leave, you'll be wishing you had one at home, too!

Turn Your Smartphone into a Telescope!

Take pictures of the surface of the moon and planets on your smartphone with this cool new telescope add-on!

Making Time Travel to Edo a Virtual Reality

For anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling back in time to the Edo Period (1603-1868), you might want to start investing in some virtual reality software and gear!

Don't Throw Shade on Your Shading Skills!

Have you struggled with getting just the right hue of blue? These pens can help you out!

Where to Buy Cheap Stuff around Tokyo

Because shopping in Tokyo isn't only for the spendthrift, but also for the budget-conscious buyer, we give you a lowdown on where to get good stuff and great deals in and around Japan's capital city.

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to Headphones?

Sony is developing a new device that gives you the ability to listen to music without putting anything in your ear.

Let the Power of the Clow Dry Your Hair

The Cardcaptor Sakura Sealing Wand will blow dry your hair without the aid of the Windy card.

Real Radios Made from Real Seashells

To commemorate the 90 years since radios were first brought to japan, the staff at Japanese radio station BayFM decided to create 100 seashell radios.

Explore Tokyo from the People First

Wouldn't you agree that it's the people behind the places that make them special? This iPhone app provides a new way to explore unique, people-first destinations in Tokyo!

Toyota Concept Car Made from 86 Wooden Panels

Check out Toyota’s stunning concept car, Setsuna, whose exterior is composed of 86 handmade wooden panels.

Internet on Your Phone: A Guide for Residents

In Japan, connecting your phone to the internet is almost easier as a tourist! Once you're a resident, it can quickly become a frustrating experience. However, there are several options out there, and you'll surely be able to find a suitable one.

Embarrassed Engineer Invents 'Selfie Arms'

Who needs a selfie stick, when you can use 'selfie arms'!

Charms That Will Keep Your Phone Safe!

These phone cases come embroidered with declarations of protection against ignored messages and low batteries.

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