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.
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.
Japan Expands State of Emergency
The Japanese government expands its state of emergency over the coronavirus to seven prefectures such as Osaka and Kyoto in addition to the four in the greater Tokyo area that was originally included.
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.
Tokyo Building Shaded by Hinoki Wood Curtain
Witness the cool and cooling wood-curtain collaboration made by the team of Tsukagoshi Miyashita Architects and structural engineer Yasuhiro Kaneda.
The Lockup Is Back with Eerie Winter Dishes
The Lockup, like many eateries, shut down due to Covid-19. However, the Tokyo Kabukicho location reopened on July 1. Since then, they’ve been working hard on some special new dishes for the winter season. Put on your handcuffs and let's take a look.
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!
Tokyo Daily COVID Cases Reach Record High
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reports a record daily high of 1,591 new cases of coronavirus infections and a total of 113 COVID-19 patients who are severely ill.
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.
Remains of Japan's First Railroad Embankment
Train otaku across Japan must be rejoicing as the press gets footage of the railroad remains from the 1870s.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Declares Second State of Emergency
Japan declares a state of emergency over the coronavirus for the second time, with the pronouncement covering Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
Feeling Hungry? How about a US$200k Tuna?
A 208.4 kilogram tuna fetches nearly ¥20.8 million at Toyosu Market's first auction of the year.
Imperial Bonsai Ready for New Year
Imperial Household Agency gardeners are preparing traditional potted plants that will be used as decoration in the New Year period.
Japan Considers State of Emergency for Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says he is considering declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
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.
Autonomous Buses Planned for Olympic Village
Toyota Motor has conducted a demonstration of e-Palette self-driving buses planned for the Olympic village next year.
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.