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!
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.
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.
Word Magic & Flights of the Imagination
Children’s author Eiko Kadono, who won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018, discusses her creative environment and behind-the-scenes stories related to writing works such as her most famous book, "Kiki’s Delivery Service."
Cleaning Up with the Help of Ceramics
Water pollution is a serious problem affecting many parts of the world. Researchers in Japan have come up with a natural solution—custom-made ceramic rocks. Let’s take a look at how plant-based pebbles are cleaning up ponds and seawater in Nagasaki
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.
The Origins of the Tough G-SHOCK Watch
Over a hundred million G-SHOCK wristwatches have been shipped for sale to customers around the world since the brand debuted in 1983. This shockproof line of timepieces is a prime example of Japan’s high-quality manufacturing.
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!
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.
Super Mario to Help Punch Up Your Baked Goods
Now you can whip up some chocolates your gamer sweetheart will want more than any super mushroom! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo has released two silicone cooking trays inspired by its flagship franchise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canvas Comes Alive in Immersive Installation
Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa has created an incredible, immersive installation that truly brings canvas to life!
Check Out a Tricky New Sign at Haneda Airport
A train operator gets creative using optical illusions in the hopes of enhancing safety of passengers from Haneda Airport.
Interactive Map of Real Life Ukiyo-e Locations
Ever been curious about where in Japan your favorite iconic ukiyo-e print is actually depicting? Wonder no more!
Bread Artists Creations Look Too Good to Eat!
One Japanese artist has been heating up the bread community with her adorable toast art.
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!
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