All About Japan

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!

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to Headphones?

Sony is developing a new device that gives you the ability to listen to music without putting anything in your ear.

How to Play Go

If Google's AlphaGo program can learn this traditional two-tone board game, then so can you!

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?

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.

These Kimono Sashes Are Out of This World!

From lounging felines to deep space imagery, this traditional Japanese clothing retailer is bound to have the perfect 'obi' for you!

Share Your Music with the Song Wig

In a bold and radical new take on wearable tech, a device wants to take the music you listen to and put it at everyone else’s fingertips. Introducing the Song Wig!

Lawson's Top 3 CSR Activities

Lawson offers round-the-clock convenience while working to fulfill its duty to the environment and community.

Half Girlfriend, Half Soup Cooling Machine

Why exhaust yourself blowing on your noodles to cool down your soup when you can build your own girlfriend to do it for you?

The Whole-Body Gaming Experience!

From your head to your feet, you'll be able to control a 3-D scanned version of yourself in IBM Japan's newest gaming project.

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.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Drones

Two dozen LED-illuminated drones dance to 'shamisen' music above a sleeping Mount Fuji. Trust us—this is one you'll want to see.

This Ferris Wheel Will Play Tricks on You!

Face the Cosmo Clock at Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 district at around 10:10 p.m. for an optical illusion so perplexing you have to see it to believe it!

Embarrassed Engineer Invents 'Selfie Arms'

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

Real Radios Made from Real Seashells

To commemorate the 90 years since radios were first brought to japan, the staff at Japanese radio station BayFM decided to create 100 seashell radios.

7 Japanese Gadgets You Can't Live Without!

During your stay you may come in contact with these seven gadgets that help make life in Japan a little bit easier. But as soon as you leave, you'll be wishing you had one at home, too!

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.

Sputniko! Bonds Myth, Science & Music

This new scientific discovery not only has its own music video, but also ties to ancient Japanese mythology.

Stay Connected! Phone Service for Tourists

Finding a way to stay connected using your smartphone abroad is always bothersome, and Japan is no exception. Read on to learn all you'll need to know to ease the process!

Have a Vegetable Garden Right in Your Kitchen

Without even requiring soil, this gardening pod gives farm-to-fork a whole new meaning.

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