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Learn Some New Hand Puppetry... or 'Poop-etry'

The poop emoji has long been a favorite among people in Japan, but now you don't need type it out⁠—just use your hands.

New Japanese Passports Feature Famous Artworks

In February, Japan began issuing new passports featuring the well-known works of ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai.

Cashless Payment at Japan’s Post Offices

Starting with 65 branches, cashless payment is coming to the Japanese postal service. Japan Post plans to expand the service to 85,000 post offices in May, and to all branches in the future.

Ritual for the Regrets of Unused Paid-Time-Off

In Osaka, a Buddhist monk sat at the front of a large room chanting, surrounded by 300 lanterns. The chants, however, were not Buddhist scriptures. They were the regrets and remorse of individuals who had been unable to take their paid-time-off.

Pocket Change: The Money Travel Hack Machine

Leaving the country with a pocket full of yen coins? Visit a Pocket Change kiosk to transfer them into valuable digital currency!

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?

How to Open a Bank Account in Japan

Your straightforward guide to the important (and somewhat intimidating) process of setting up a bank account in Japan.

Japanese Illustrator Brings Streets to Life

Masashi Shimakawa is a Japanese illustrator who uses his unique style to capture the everyday beauty of Japanese streets.

Tiny Tokyo Apartments Are Surprisingly Popular

Ququri studio apartments offer just 4.64 square meters (49.94 square feet) of usable floor space, but with prices this low, it’s all some people need.

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.

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.

Vintage Diving at Toyo Department Store

If you're a true Tokyo hipster, you'd know that Shimokitazawa is the place to be for thrift shopping and fashion. And part of that reason is Toyo Department Store.

Mask Shortage Amid Fears of Coronavirus

Stores in Japan cannot keep face masks in stock as people around the country stock up to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Tokyo Cracking Down on Drones

Drone shots of the gorgeous cityscape are truly unbelievable, but be sure you have permission before flying! A U.S. military lecturer was referred to prosecutors for illegally flying a drone in downtown Tokyo.

Tokyo & Osaka Among Top 3 World Safest Cities

"The Economist" published the latest iteration of its Safe Cities Index, which ranks 60 major urban centers from around the globe. Asia-Pacific metropolises had a strong showing in 2019, accounting for six of the top 10 slots and sweeping the top three.

Tokyo's Most 'Mundane' Halloween Costumes

Come take a look at 'Jimi Halloween,' celebrating the average run-of-the-mill characters you'll find across the metropolis.

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.

All About's Guide to Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu. It's a hotspot of tourism, food, culture history on more! Check out our full in-depth guide to one the nation's most overlooked cities.

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?

Make Your Own Chopsticks from 'Hamidashimono'

For more than 100 years, a town in Nara Prefecture has been using leftover, high-quality cypress wood from the home construction process to create disposable chopsticks. And now, you can make your own at home.

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