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Help Local Businesses & Give Back in Japan

Five easy ways to help the local businesses, give back to those in need, and pick up some good deals along the way!

Government to Give Cash to Needy Students

The Japanese government will offer cash handouts of up to 200,000 yen per person to students in need due to the novel coronavirus pandemic to help them continue their studies.

Virtual Shopping Via Robot

The Tsutaya Electrics store in Tokyo’s Futakotamagawa area tests having customers shop virtually using a remotely controlled robot as many business establishments are closed due to the novel coronavirus.

Aomori’s Hirosaki Park Reopens

Aomori’s landmark park famous for cherry blossoms reopens after closing for 38 days to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A Special Hidden Message about Staying Home

On May 6, Gifu Shimbun ran a full-page editorial encouraging their readers to stay home. Artfully executed, the message in the graphic ad is only legible from a distance. Can you read it?

Cover Your Face With a Creative Origami Mask

Simply called the Origami Mask, the idea first came to everyone’s attention thanks to an instructional video from a Polish Art school, which quickly went viral online. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s incredibly simple to make.

Health Care Workers Face Stigma Over COVID-19

Health care workers in Japan are putting their lives on the line to help the country battle the novel coronavirus epidemic, but their proximity to those infected with the virus has prompted discriminatory actions toward them.

Stay Comfy, Look Professional with WFH Pajamas

Business up top, casual down below, these pajamas will look to your colleagues like you're office ready.

2,000 COVID-19 Patients Recovering at Home

Japan’s health ministry says nearly 2,000 COVID-19 patients with minor symptoms were recuperating at home as of late April.

Takeout Options for Regional Cuisine in Tokyo

Traveling is off the cards right now, but for those of us in Tokyo, there is still a way to explore Japan through our taste buds with these takeout options!

5 Binge-Worthy Japanese TV Series

Japanese movies, television and anime are great for immersing yourself in local culture while the global pandemic keeps us indoors. And now, some of the best modern Japanese TV shows are easy to access via streaming sites! Here are some of our favorites.

Some Businesses Resume Operations in Japan

Some department stores partially reopen while a major electronics firm resumes operations nationwide even as the state of emergency over the novel coronavirus continues.

6th Grader Makes & Donates Face Shields

A sixth-grade student is making face shields and donating them to medical institutions amid a shortage of personal protective equipment in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

ANA to Ask All Passengers to Wear Masks

All Nippon Airways will ask all passengers to wear a mask from June to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Religious Leaders Team Up to Pray for COVID-19

We're taking a look at this photo of religious leaders exhibiting all the elements we look for in an anime or movie scene when the most powerful members band together for the last stand.

Learn How to Draw Totoro from Ghibli Producer

With a background in editing and artistic talent so great he’s been given his own exhibitions, Toshio Suzuki is now sharing the secret to sketching one character he loves to draw: Totoro from Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature film "My Neighbor Totoro."

How to Be Safer while Social Distancing

A group of experts is suggesting new life routines for people to follow as an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus while maintaining a certain degree of social and economic activities.

Cute Cat-Themed Do-It-Yourself Doughnut Kit!

There aren’t a lot of universal truths in this world, but one we can all agree on is that doughnuts make any situation better. That includes sheltering in place. if you have doughnuts at home, what possible reason could you have for leaving the house?

Japan 1 Month Into State of Emergency

Many commuters are back in central Tokyo following the Golden Week Holiday, as Japan passes the one month mark since it declared a national state of emergency.

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Officially Canceled

On May 8, a news announcement was made on the official Twitter of the Tokyo Game Show, a yearly event where new video games, consoles, and industry ideas are unveiled to the public—this year there would be no physical Tokyo Game Show.

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