The Ephemeral Art of Japanese Bathhouses
The artists who specialize in painting Japanese bathhouses are few in number, but their enduring artistic spirit ensures the profession lives on.
LGBT Partnerships in Japan: One Step Forward
Gay marriage in Japan is still not a reality, but partnership systems and certificates are slowly gaining ground. Read on to find out more about options for same-sex couples in Japan looking to tie the knot.
Sakura-Inspired Torch for the 2020 Olympics
The design for the torch, which will kick off the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, has been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it takes inspiration from Japan's favorite flower!
Japan is Home to World's Largest Starbucks
Tokyo's Starbucks Reserve Roastery is now open in Nakameguro! Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new location looks incredible!
Immersive Exhibit Shows Night View of Earth
Japanese designer Eisuke Tachikawa created a technological art installation inspired by the illuminating statement of a Japanese astronaut who viewed the world from space.
Photographs of Snow Covered Tokyo
Japanese photographer Yusuke Komatsu's "Snow in Tokyo" series shows the beauty of Japan's huge metropolis on the rare occasions it receives snowfall.
A Look Behind the Yen Makeover
Japan's currency is getting a big makeover for 2024. Learn a little bit more about the reasoning and process behind the change!
Show Us the Money: Japan's Currency Redesign
The Ministry of Finance has revealed new designs for the Japanese yen banknotes set to debut in 2024, and they look awesome! Check out the new designs, as well as their inspirations.
Pigs Populate the Latest Tokyo Animal Café
A pig café is the latest in a long line of adorable animal-themed cafés to open in Tokyo.
Work-Life Balance Improves with Tiny Business
An increasing number of Japanese people are starting tiny businesses with small funds, and find that their work-life balance is improving without having to sacrifice their livelihoods.
Canvas Comes Alive in Immersive Installation
Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa has created an incredible, immersive installation that truly brings canvas to life!
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Customers can let their wanderlust loose and stay at more than 50 facilities in Japan and overseas for a set fee each month.
Sand Sculpture Asks Japan to Protect Oceans
One Japanese artist created an elaborately carved full-page editorial featured in the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper on a beach in Chiba to implore everyone to take care of the beautiful oceans on which Japan depends so much.
Eco Olympics: Recycled Plastics & Metals
Recycled plastic podiums and metals made from recycled electronics are just a few of the eco-friendly initiatives being enacted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Bread Artists Creations Look Too Good to Eat!
One Japanese artist has been heating up the bread community with her adorable toast art.
How Money is Made in Japan
Get a peek behind the kimono, so to speak, as the National Printing Bureau shows how paper money is made in Japan.
Natural Incense Born of Tradition
This beautiful leaf-shaped paper incense is produced by a company on Awaji Island that has been in the business for 120 years!
The Aerial Beauty of Japanese Highways
While they may seem perfectly mundane from ground level, Japanese highways are marvels of structural engineering, and look incredible from a bird's-eye view.
Living Large in Tiny Japanese Houses
This latest trend in Japanese architecture sees people living in minimalist homes to minimize cost and maximize their time.
Surreal Combo of Sakura & Jellyfish at Skytree
The surreal and beautiful combination of cherry blossoms and jellyfish is part of a seasonal event at the Sumida Aquarium.