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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.

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.

5 Little-Known Harajuku Styles

Sure, you've heard of lolita and you've heard of 'gyaru,' but have you heard of these new alternative Harajuku fashions?

New Mint KitKat Flavors Sure to Refresh

These two new Japan-exclusive KitKat flavors take the chocolate/mint experience to a whole new level!

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!

Japanese Artist Creates Awesome Stamp Drawings

Hokkaido-based artist Baku Maeda has repurposed Japanese personal seals and stamps to create some incredible, whimsical illustrations.

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.

Meet the Second Gen Pokémon Personal Seals

These personal seals can be personalized with names in Japanese or English, and now include 100 characters from the Johto region of Pokémon!

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.

Ringing in Reiwa

See how people from across the country rang in the new Reiwa Era.

Snow & Sakura Make for Incredible Hanami

The weather is fickle in Japan as the seasons change, and occasionally this results in the beautiful and unlikely combination of snow and cherry blossoms!

Getting to Grips with Plastic in Japan

Tips on how to navigate and—more importantly—avoid the ubiquitous, single-use plastic you'll find all over Japan.

All About Investing for Retirement in Japan

In this short introductory guide to investing in Japan, we’ll cover the three main options to invest your hard-earned cash and prepare for retirement... in plain English!

Iga Ninjas Clean Up the Town

The town of Iga in Mie Prefecture was home to a renowned clan of shadow warriors. In conjunction with their annual Ninja Festival, the garbage men donned shinobi garb to get in on the action!

Oodles of Noodles Land New World Record

Hundreds feast on noodles to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest instant noodle tasting event.

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.

An Easy Guide to Breakfast in Japan

Where to go, what to eat and how to make the most of the most important meal of the day.

Behold: The Rice Cooker Coin Purse!

Japan does it again! A weird blend of form and function, the rice cooker coin purse is arguably the tastiest way to carry your change.

All About's Guide to Naha

Naha is the capital city of Japan's subtropical prefecture, Okinawa. It's a thriving coastal city that fuses Japan's Ryukyu culture with American and Chinese influences, and has an unbeatable relaxed vibe..

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