All About Japan

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!

Secret Fireworks Shows Encourage Staying Home

In a project called "Cheer Up! Hanabi," over 140 companies have teamed up to shoot fireworks across all 47 prefectures at the same time. Before, the date was a secret, but we now have confirmation. Read on to find out when.

Using Tuna to Measure Proper Social Distances

Let’s all stay "one tuna apart" by using these funny social distancing posters.

A Special Hidden Message about Staying Home

On May 6, Gifu Shimbun ran a full-page editorial encouraging their readers to stay home. Artfully executed, the message in the graphic ad is only legible from a distance. Can you read it?

Using Washi Paper to Make Delectable Dishes

There's no better time than now to learn a new skill, and these intriguing Japanese papercrafts will leave you hungry for more.

Tokyo Bento Shop Pays it Forward with IOU Food

As the loss of school lunches isn’t something some low-income families’ budgets can accommodate, local bento box lunch shop Chonando wants to help out by offering special reduced-price kids’ bento. Even for kids who cannot pay... for now at least.

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.

Learn How to Draw Totoro from Ghibli Producer

With a background in editing and artistic talent so great he’s been given his own exhibitions, Toshio Suzuki is now sharing the secret to sketching one character he loves to draw: Totoro from Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature film "My Neighbor Totoro."

Painting FFVII Cloud Using Traditional Methods

While Cloud and the gang from Final Fantasy VII got a big remake release this April, one artist took the protagonist back in time using traditional Japanese painting techniques.

Find a Bit of Zen with Every Bite of Toast

Japanese designer and watercolor artist Manami Sasaki has embarked on a series of creative stay-at-home breakfasts using toast as her canvas.

Monk Covers Marley with Buddhist Instruments

Don't you worry about a thing, because this musical monk will make everything all right with his Bob Marley covers.

Japan's 1918 Pandemic Prevention Posters

Even though Japan was widely cut off from much of the world when compared to today, the island nation still had to deal with the worldwide pandemic of 1918, better known as the Spanish Flu. These posters helped warn the populace of the time.

Ghibli Giving Free Backgrounds for Video Chats

The world famous art house made available a series of stills from their films that can be used as video conferencing backgrounds. Learn which movie background images were released.

An AR Solution for Safe Social Distancing

An innovative app that uses augmented reality software to measure proper social distancing.

Religious Leaders Team Up to Pray for COVID-19

We're taking a look at this photo of religious leaders exhibiting all the elements we look for in an anime or movie scene when the most powerful members band together for the last stand.

5 Tips to Work from Home (& Keep Your Sanity)

As many workers around the world transition into situations where they work from home, there is an opportunity for lots of chaos, frustration and tension. However, we have five tips that just might help you stay sane during your work from home routine.

Stay Comfy, Look Professional with WFH Pajamas

Business up top, casual down below, these pajamas will look to your colleagues like you're office ready.

Designers' Office Roof Has a Few Holes

When it came time to design their own office in 2018, the architects at Studio Velocity in Aichi carried out their usual vision, albeit with a slightly more precarious footing.

Yubari Melon Gets Fraction of Last Year Price

The price of high-end Yubari melons fetched only one-fortieth of last season's price at the first auction of the season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

These New Bento Fish Keep You Safe in Public

One small and easy replacement is changing this fish full of soy sauce into an easy-to-carry hand sanitizer bottle.

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