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.
Japan Banned Resale of Masks at High Prices
Japan's government approves a ban on reselling masks for unreasonable profits.
Japan to Ban Travelers from US, China & Korea
Japan is set to ban all travelers from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe, including those who have been to those countries within 14 days.
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.
Japan’s Government Policy Regarding Corona
Japan’s government adopts a basic policy to contain the spread of COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Government: Japan Has Enough Toilet Paper
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama says Japan has enough toilet paper and urges people to stop hoarding.
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.
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.
An AR Solution for Safe Social Distancing
An innovative app that uses augmented reality software to measure proper social distancing.
Salivate over Plastic Food in Kappabashi
Want to know where those food displays in front of restaurants comes from? Explore the world of plastic food models at Sample Shop Maiduru.
Japan's $2.6 Billion Coronavirus Package Plan
The Japanese government announces its second emergency package to fight the new coronavirus epidemic.
JNTO Multilingual Coronavirus Hotline
Japan National Tourism Organization has a visitor hotline at 050-3816-2787 that accepts inquiries about coronavirus in English, Chinese and Korean.
New Japanese Passports Feature Famous Artworks
In February, Japan began issuing new passports featuring the well-known works of ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai.
Enjoy a Public Bath from the Privacy of Home
Some public bath houses in Japan are doing their part to support social distancing by uploading videos of their soothing baths.
Non-Smokers Rejoice: Ban Implemented in Japan
A law generally prohibiting indoor smoking was fully implemented across the country on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
JP Post Suspends Mail from Select Countries
In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Japan Postal Service has temporarily suspended mail service from select countries.