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A Home Ready for the 'New Normal'

Custom-home builder Aqurahome has unveiled features that can help residents take measures to keep the home cleaner.

Get Your Hands on 'Twilight at Nihonbashi'

Learn how you can score one of these cool, ukiyo-e-inspired photos that are great as phone wallpapers.

Renaissance Paintings Purr-fect for Cat Lovers

Japanese contemporary artist Tokuhiro Kawai uses his mastery of oil painting to create surreal images that invoke the Italian painters of the High Renaissance. But instead of heroes, saints, and the divine, he largely focuses on lots of cats.

Ukiyo-e Couple Show Ancient Art of Sleeping In

Turns out Japanese folks were hitting the snooze button before electronic clocks even existed. How? By getting roosters drunk!

Why Be Just a Snack When You Can Be Dessert?

Some days you want the soothing scent of incense to dispel the musty air of your home. Other days maybe you'd prefer to smell like an éclair instead of freshly picked flowers. Thankfully, Japanese cosmetics company Kobe Bijinnuuka has got you covered.

Kitamura Shop Like Theme Park for Camera Fans

Kitamura Camera's new location, which just opened in early July 2020, hopes to become a one-stop-shop for amateur and professional photographers alike. And Spoon & Tamago has the scoop!

Japan Approves Second COVID-19 Treatment

The use of dexamethasone to treat people infected with the novel coronavirus has been approved as the second drug that doctors can now prescribe to COVID-19 patients in the country.

Toyota's Pandemic Profits Plunge to 98%

Toyota Motor Corporation's operating profit plunges 98 percent for the April-to-June quarter.

Bringing a 70-Year-Old Sento into Modern Day

It’s said that in Tokyo every week another sento goes bust. One of those was Miyanoyu, located in the Nezu district of Tokyo.

New Hanko Ink Lets You Use Colors of Nature

These inks won't let you paint with all the colors of the wind, but you can now stamp your name with different colors inspired by nature.

More Foreign Than Japanese Residents in 2019

The Tokyo area welcomed more new foreign residents than Japanese citizens last year, marking the first time for the foreign population to increase faster than the Japanese one for the area since the ministry began separating such demographic data in 2012.

Kyoto's Ace Hotel Got a Kengo Kuma Makeover

Star designer Kengo Kuma unveils his latest architectural feat: renovating Kyoto’s Ace Hotel.

Toyota to Allow Permanent Work From Home

Toyota Motor will allow eligible employees to permanently work from home. Until now workers needed special permission to work remotely, but the automaker decided on the new measure due to increased productivity.

Getting to Know Your Bathtub Better

Learn more about bathing in Japan with this online event.

Another Legendary Lego & Nintendo Crossover

First came the reveal of the Lego Super Mario set, which has fans’ hearts racing (and their wallets sweating). And now, the two companies are already getting fans hyped with another team-up.

Viewing Wartime Hiroshima with Virtual Reality

A group of local high school students revives wartime Hiroshima using VR technology to see what Hiroshima's A-bomb Dome looked like before the destruction.

Marvel at the Art of Long Exposure Photographs

Japanese artist Tokihiro Sato has been mastering the art of long exposure photography, and Spoon & Tamago has collected some of his coolest moments.

Kimono Company Makes Masks for Nightlife Staff

Otozuki, a manufacturer of traditional kimono garments, has teamed up with a company that runs nightclubs to develop hostess-friendly face masks that make it easy to sip drinks and converse with customers while maintaining a safe environment.

Shibuya Public Restrooms Get Designer Makeover

The Nippon Foundation is collaborating with the ward and 16 world-renowned architects and designers to transform 17 public lavatories.

Get Good Lighting from Stylish Hurricane Lamp

Check out these cool floor lamps made from swirling water into a small hurricane.

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