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Learn the Legacy of the Samurai

Experience 700 years of Samurai history at the Shinjuku Samurai Museum. See real swords, armor, helmets, and other tools and weapons.

Shin-Okubo: Korea Town of Tokyo

If you don't have the time or money to take the flight to South Korea, visit Shin-Okubo instead for a mini taste of the best of trending Korean street food, cosmetics, idol goods, and more.

Walk Through Time at the Edo Open Air Museum

At the Edo Open Air Museum, you can walk through time as you explore over 30 restored buildings with over 300 years of Japanese history.

2019 Ranking of Japan's Rudest Train Behaviors

Every year, commuters participate in an annual survey to determine the most aggravating behaviors observed on trains and at stations. Learn what not to do on Japanese transportation with the 2019 poll results.

Ghosn’s Escape from Japan: How Did He Do It?

The details of how former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn escaped from Japan in violation of his bail have emerged, and it's a pretty unbelievable story!

Get to Know Japan’s Top 10 Buzzwords of 2019

The candidates for the top ten catchphrases that defined Reiwa's first year are here. Who knew bubble tea could be a verb?

Can You Survive on Only ¥150,000 a Month?

Is ¥150,000 (US$1,389) a month enough to live on in Tokyo? That’s plenty for life in Japan’s capital, claims a twenty-something Japanese woman. But could you live like her?

Tearing Down The House

Officials in Tokyo spent nearly US$27,000 tearing down a decaying house in the Kita Ward.

Tokyo Olympic Swimming Venue Unveiled

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers unveil the 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

A Stunning Photographic Look at Japan 2019

As the year comes to an end, we’re afforded several opportunities to reflect on the past 12 months, such as the Kansai Photojournalism Awards., where exceptional photojournalism and videography from 2019 were recognized by the association.

200-Year-Old Soy Sauce Manufacturer Rebuilds

In April of 2016, a powerful earthquake rocked Kumamoto, toppling parts of Kumamoto Castle and damaging many other historical sites. One of those was 200-year-old soy sauce maker Hamada Shoyu. This is the story of their historic redesign by Kengo Kumo.

Test Your Luck with Matsuya’s New Lucky Bags

Matsuya Ginza department store plans to offer games and other promotions with its New Year lucky bags to draw online shoppers into its brick-and-mortar store.

Four Fantastic Things to Do in Kagoshima

Take a trip to Kyushu’s southernmost big city: a land of sunshine, hot springs and spectacular scenery, all watched over by the mighty volcano, Sakurajima!

Cardboard Beds for Olympians Revealed

In order to be more eco-conscious, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic athletes will sleep in beds made of cardboard.

Snow Crab Fetches Record $46,000!

Meet one of the world's most expensive crabs! The first year's haul of this winter delicacy went for a record setting price.

DESTROY ALL THE THINGS at the Reeast Room

It's stressful being a civilized, polite human being. Sometimes you just want to let yourself go wild. That's why the Reeast Room was created—to release the beast and destroy all the things.

Former Emperor Akihito Turns 86

Japan's Emperor Emeritus Akhito turns 86 years old.

Tokyo Motor Show Ready to Kick Off

A biennial event essential to Japan's automotive industry, the Tokyo Motor Show typically showcases the future of vehicles.

The Joys of Japanese Festival Food

You can't say you've gone deeper in Japan until you've eaten the festival street food. Try Japanese classics like yakitori and yakinuku in addition to foreign surprises and a variety of fusion foods.

Try Japanese Tea Ceremony in English!

One of Japan's unique cultural charms is the art of tea ceremony. However, it can be hard to truly experience this piece of Japanese culture because of the language barrier. Unless you visit Jidaiya for English tea ceremony!

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