All About Japan

Kumamoto Earthquake Updates & Donation Info

The JNTO is providing regular updates on the situation in Kyushu following the large April 14 and April 16 earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks in the region. Check for the latest information and recommended apps; we now have donation information as well.

Wi-Fi Goes Underground—at Last

Communters and tourists alike can now enjoy free Wi-Fi while riding on Tokyo's Toei Asakusa Line, with more lines to come.

This Ninja SIM Card's a Cut Above the Rest

Why get just any old SIM when you can get a ninja SIM!

Never Get Lost in Shinjuku Station Again!

Finally, an app that helps you navigate the complexity of Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations!

Fashion Designed to Block Your Cell Phone

Want some time away from your cell phone? Conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga has designed a line of clothing specifically intended to block electromagnetic waves, protecting us from the storm of information that inundates our lives.

5 Cool Products Merging Tech & Tradition

Possibly the best image of Japan is as a place where ultra-modern, high technology meets traditional principles and design.

Break Out Your Real-World Pokéballs!

Nintendo and Google need you to help make their new game—which allows players to catch, battle and trade Pokémon in the real world! Read on to find out how to sign up for the field test!

Download Japan’s 72 Microseasons as an App

The traditional Japanese calendar had 72 microseasons. This gorgeous app will not only tell you the season, but also poetically give you the seasonal word, fish, vegetable and activity!

Turn Your Smartphone into a Telescope!

Take pictures of the surface of the moon and planets on your smartphone with this cool new telescope add-on!

Understanding Japanese Phone Culture

Before heading off to Japan, you may want to check out these keen observations by visitors from overseas regarding Japanese smartphone etiquette.

Internet on Your Phone: A Guide for Residents

In Japan, connecting your phone to the internet is almost easier as a tourist! Once you're a resident, it can quickly become a frustrating experience. However, there are several options out there, and you'll surely be able to find a suitable one.

Embarrassed Engineer Invents 'Selfie Arms'

Who needs a selfie stick, when you can use 'selfie arms'!

Attention Moms!

The mom-to-mom fashion marketplace is now live. Join now!

Explore Tokyo from the People First

Wouldn't you agree that it's the people behind the places that make them special? This iPhone app provides a new way to explore unique, people-first destinations in Tokyo!

A Brief History of Emoji

You likely know that emoji originated in Japan, but do you know how they ended up basically everywhere in the world?

Line Stickers from Hand-Drawn Illustrations

Live2Love Japan has released an iPhone app called Shuttle Sticker, which easily makes Line Creators Stickers from hand-drawn illustrations.

Back to Basics with Hello Kitty

Looking for something different from the typical smartphone? Relive the simplicity of the '90s with Ola Inc.'s adorable new Hello Kitty flip phone.

Incredible Samurai-Inspired Smartphone Case

Looking to have a truly one-of-a-kind smartphone case? Look no further than this handmade leather sheath, complete with a wooden casing and tatami padding!

Video Games Get Up Close & Personal

The future of digital media is here and it looks very bright!

Feed the Fish in Your Own Digital Aquarium!

Hook this digital aquarium up to your smartphone and you kids can scan in their own hand-drawn aquatic life!

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