All About Japan

A Country Town Open to Diversity & Possibility

In the town of Kamiyama, tucked away in a valley of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, the population is about a quarter of what it was six decades ago. But Shinya Ominami wants to make the town a place where diverse groups can gather.

Wearable Tech to Keep You Cool This Summer

While summers in Japan can be miserably hot, Sony has a new solution to handle the heat.

Journey to Another Planet with TeamLab

Visionary digital art collective teamLab is back at it again! Their latest installation in Toyosu features huge, color-changing balloons and digital koi fish, and will be open until autumn 2020!

Japanese Fan Recreates Super Mario World 1-1

One amazing artist lovingly illustrated a favorite stage from the "Super Mario" series, and brought it to life in an incredible way!

Self-Driving Bus Test Now Touring Tokyo Roads

SB Drive, a Softbank subsidiary, is putting their new self-driving bus through its next big test: navigating the public roads of Tokyo.

Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology

Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.

Experience the Sound of the New Era in MIDI

The keyboard player from the Japanese band Re:ply has used his ingenuity to create a MIDI musical using the characters for the new era.

Check Out a Tricky New Sign at Haneda Airport

A train operator gets creative using optical illusions in the hopes of enhancing safety of passengers from Haneda Airport.

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.

Interactive Map of Real Life Ukiyo-e Locations

Ever been curious about where in Japan your favorite iconic ukiyo-e print is actually depicting? Wonder no more!

EVs for the Elderly

In an effort to curb the increasing number of traffic accidents involving senior drivers in Japan, new types of electric vehicles are being developed with the aging population in mind.

The Origins of the Tough G-SHOCK Watch

Over a hundred million G-SHOCK wristwatches have been shipped for sale to customers around the world since the brand debuted in 1983. This shockproof line of timepieces is a prime example of Japan’s high-quality manufacturing.

Robot Serves Up Okonomiyaki in Okayama

Apparently, this robot has been serving up the savory Japanese-style pancakes on the downlow for over 40 years!

NEC Shows Off New Flying Car Prototype

Electronics maker NEC gave the world a glimpse of a flying car prototype, the first exhibit of its kind in Japan!

Robot Housekeepers in the Near Future

This housekeeping robot can keep your home spic and span while you're away!

Step Inside One of Akihabara's Weirdest Shops

A very strange toy shop in Akihabara—an area chock-full of weird shops—sells whacky, bizarre and funny inventions.

Cleaning Up with the Help of Ceramics

Water pollution is a serious problem affecting many parts of the world. Researchers in Japan have come up with a natural solution—custom-made ceramic rocks. Let’s take a look at how plant-based pebbles are cleaning up ponds and seawater in Nagasaki

How Money is Made in Japan

Get a peek behind the kimono, so to speak, as the National Printing Bureau shows how paper money is made in Japan.

Facial Recognition Tech Coming to Narita

Narita International Airport will introduce a facial recognition system to help speed up the boarding process come 2020.

Immersive Exhibit Shows Night View of Earth

Japanese designer Eisuke Tachikawa created a technological art installation inspired by the illuminating statement of a Japanese astronaut who viewed the world from space.

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