All About Japan

Hayabusa2 Returns with Asteroid Samples

Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer brought 5.4 grams of substances believed to be from the asteroid Ryugu on a capsule that returned to Earth earlier this month.

Toyosu Fish Market Resumes Public Viewings

The Toyosu fish market in Tokyo resumed public viewing of tuna auctions after about eight months. The observation deck had been closed to the public since February 29 due to the coronavirus.

Amusement Park Shines for Medical Workers

An amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs is holding a nighttime illumination event to express appreciation to medical workers fighting the coronavirus.

Sharp Unveils Fog-Free Face Shields

Electronics firm Sharp has developed face shields that do not fog up or glare like conventional products do.

UFOs in Japan: One Man’s Quest to Mount Takao

UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, and I’d long heard murmurs of such UFO sightings and other natural phenomena occurring at Japan’s Mount Takao, a small mountain located just outside of Tokyo.

Travel Ban Eased for China & 8 Other Locations

The Japanese government eased travel restrictions for nine countries including China on October 30.

App Improves Communication Hindered By Masks

An app is helping to facilitate communication in the new normal for the hearing impaired, the elderly, and people who speak different languages.

Tokyo Reports Record High of COVID-19 Cases

Tokyo reports a record daily high 493 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on November 18. The metropolitan government plans to raise its coronavirus alert to the highest level.

Crown Prince Next in Line of Succession

Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his younger brother, Crown Prince Fumihito, as the first in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne on November 8.

12 Best Delicacies of Nikko

Nikko also compliments its culture richness with delicacies that would give you the best experience. From their specialty Yuba to modern steaks, Nikko will surely satisfy your palette.

Gunma: A Cultural & Culinary Hotspot

Tucked away in central Japan, within a stone's throw of Tokyo, is Gunma Prefecture. This destination hosts a wealth of surprises; hot springs, and cultural and culinary experiences abound!

Buying Old Tokyo: Asakusa, Jinbocho and Nakano

Walk, shop, and explore three locales in Tokyo—Asakusa, Jinbocho, and Nakano—and immerse yourself in history and culture.

2020 Olympics Coronavirus Monitoring Center

A government panel on anti-coronavirus measures for the Tokyo Games decided to set up an infectious disease monitoring center to keep track of athletes’ health condition.

Train Station Now Playing Music from 'Totoro'

Fans of Studio Ghibli's film “My Neighbor Totoro” will immediately recognize this famous tune now playing at a Saitama train station.

Postponement of Olympics Costs ¥300 Billion

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cost around ¥300 billion in additional expenses.

See Ueno Subway Workers Install Platform Gates

For those subway train otaku curious about how Tokyo Metro installs its safety gates station platforms, we've got you covered!

Tech That Measures Congestion in Indoor Areas

Officials tested a system at Tokyo Dome that uses state-of-the-art technology to measure congestion in indoor arenas.

Skytree Marks 100 Days to Olympic Torch Relay

The world's tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, was lit up in pink gold on December 15 marking the start of a 100-day countdown until the Olympic Torch Relay.

Introducing Zipair, Japan’s Newest LCC Airline

Japan’s newest low-cost carrier, Zipair, embarked upon its first passenger flight on October 16.

Experience the Great Outdoors in Gunma

Located in the center of Japan's main island, Gunma Prefecture is a paradise for outdoor lovers, with a variety of exciting seasonal activities to enjoy.

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