All About Japan

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.

Newly Completed Olympic Venue Is Making Waves

Take a glimpse at the rowing and canoe venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Rescue Dogs Brighten Up Nursing Home

These dogs used to live in shelters and needed a place to live. They found one—in a nursing home in Kanagawa Prefecture. And they brought smiles to the faces of the residents and staff.

Electronic Customs Declaration Gate at Narita

The electronic customs declaration gate at Narita Airport is now available for use by all travelers arriving at Terminal 3!

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.

See Your Country as a Samurai with This Series

In honor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a group of artists is celebrating the participating nations by turning their flags into samurai.

App Visualizes How Much Sugar is in Your Drink

Sometimes even a conscientious consumer can find it hard to visualize how much sugar is in a soft drink, even after reading a label. Luckily, there’s an app for that.

University Finds New Uses for Tuna Skin

Kindai University is working with businesses to find new uses for the skin of its farmed tuna.

Cool Ginza Building Looks Like Tetris Piece

A developer teamed up with So Teruuchi of SO&CO to create one of Ginza's skinniest buildings.

Japanese Photographer Captures Deserted Tokyo

For almost 30 years, Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano has been capturing moments where Tokyo seems like a ghost town.

Japanese Thermos Flies to Outer Space

JAXA reached out to Tiger, a well-known home goods company, to make a canister that can bring delicate materials from the International Space Station back to earth.

Gorgeous Moonlit Shots from Around the World

As you probably know, moonlight is mostly sunlight that’s reflected off the lunar surface. So it varies greatly depending on the phase of the moon. But that hasn’t stopped photographer Kenji Ishikawa from capturing some otherworldly views of our planet.

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.

Lawson Teams Up with Uber Eats

Lawson becomes the first convenience store chain in Japan to offer delivery service with Uber Eats, which has become quite ubiquitous in major cities in Japan.

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.

NEC Shows Off New Flying Car Prototype

Electronics maker NEC gave the world a glimpse of a flying car prototype, the first exhibit of its kind in Japan!

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.

Lawson Tries Out Unmanned Store Operation

Convenience store giant Lawson is experimenting with operating an outlet that's unmanned overnight to tackle labor shortage.

A Fun Design Twist for Fermented Products

Established in 1940, Nishiri is a Kyoto-based company carrying on a local legacy of pickled and fermented vegetables. But two years ago, for a rebrand, they turned to design agency Nosigner.

Kengo Kuma Redesigns Kenzo Takada's Paris Home

Designer Kenzo Takada’s former Paris residence was skillfully renovated by world renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

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