All About 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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Newly Completed Olympic Venue Is Making Waves

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

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!

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.

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.

Subscription Living for Your Inner Nomad

Customers can let their wanderlust loose and stay at more than 50 facilities in Japan and overseas for a set fee each month.

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.

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.

Lawson Tries Out Unmanned Store Operation

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

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.

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.

University Finds New Uses for Tuna Skin

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

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.

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.

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.

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