Using the ili Translator in Rural Japan
Our writer Robert went on a cycling trip around western Japan and had an opportunity to test out the ili translation device in a few rural areas. Let's see how it works!
Get Your Own Personal Pocket Guide to Japan
You're only a click away from having your very own guided tour of Japan's most popular spots without spending a dime.
Cut Through Paper with Katana Scissors
Not only are these scissors in the shape of Japanese swords, but their designs are inspired by four famous samurai.
Tackling Cultural Isolation through Rugby
In the short documentary 'Union,' a young Maori working in Japan tackles his cultural isolation using the universal language of rugby.
Fireflies Light up the Night in Amazing Photos
One Japanese photographer perfectly captures the natural beauty of Japanese summer nights by focusing on fireflies.
The Japanese 'Taiko' Drum Goes Electronic
The world's first ever electronic 'taiko' drum will be played on stage with the internationally recognized performance group Kodo.
University Entrance Exam Adds Ninja Section
If you don’t know your 'mizugumo' from your 'kunai,' then I’m afraid you might not be Mie University material.
Cement Your Friendship With a Custom Seal
For the perfect birthday present, choose from a full array of 366 'hana komon' seals, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism.
A Powerful Message of Peace From a Café
Nagasaki Starbucks marks the anniversary of World War II's end with a powerful message of peace on its chalkboard.
Must-See Art Festivals After Summer
Summer festival season is winding down, but there are still fantastic ways to appreciate art around the country through to New Year's!
The Discovery of Ramen: For Kids!
San Francisco-based publisher Immedium is looking to extend its series of multicultural kids' books with a look at the origins of ramen! Hungry for more? Find out how you can support this delightful project on Kickstarter!
Let out Your Inner Train Otaku
New Japanese train-themed karaoke lets you belt out announcements without being a public nuisance in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward.
Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life
Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.
Carb-Free Sushi is Coming to Major Sushi Chain
Looking to snack on some sushi without the guilt of eating carbs? One popular sushi chain is ready to serve you.
An Inexpensive Way to Make Bath Bombs
Why spend money on a luxurious bath bomb when you can make one yourself using ingredients and gadgets from ¥100 store?
New Unicorn Gundam Is Almost Complete
Though it's set to be revealed in fall 2017, fans have already been shooting photos and videos of the 19.7-meter (64.6-foot) Unicorn Gundam that can also shift from its standard Unicorn Mode into a high-performance Destroy Mode.
Make Your Own Manga With Cool New Tape
Give your packages (or any surface really) some stylish Japanese flair with this award-winning tape!
Learn Hiragana From Handsome Anime Men
Flashcards not doing it for you when it comes to memorizing hiragana? Try a new smartphone game that will keep you glued to the screen with attractive anime men that will help you study the Japanese syllabary characters.
The Perks of Joining a Volunteer English Camp
Perhaps teaching English in Japan has crossed your mind as a way to stay in Japan longer than a vacation. But as teaching jobs that offer visa support typically bind you to a year-long contract, why not first experience being teacher for a day or two?
Duty-Free Shopping as Soon as You Land
Travelers to Japan are now able shop duty free in the immediate arrival area of Narita Airport's Terminal 2, eliminating the need to carry heavy purchases on-board beforehand.