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Unmasking a New Trend in Face Masks

People in Japan are starting to make masks using unconventional materials to deal with the shortage in the protective gear.

Experience Luxury at the Kit Kat Chocolatory

The Ginza Kit Kat Chocolatory takes the average convenience store Kit Kat and upgrades it to a luxurious experience.

Vampire Cafe: an Elegant Spooky Experience

The Vampire Cafe's candlelit ambiance and blood-red velvet curtains combined with your creepy vampire waiter and over-the-top food entertainment will leave an impression that you won't forget—even after you're dead.

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.

Emergency Calls Spike in Tokyo

Emergency calls to Tokyo police in connection with the novel coronavirus have spiked following the Japanese government’s declaration of a state of emergency two weeks ago.

A.I. Tells Your Fortune with Bubble Tea Order

With all the different bubble tea shops trying to compete, Answer Tea serves delicious bubble tea with tapioca entertainment for your mouth, with a side of A.I. fortune-telling entertainment for your soul.

Enjoy a Showa-Era Afternoon Parfait Break

With its classy Showa-style decor and assortment of different sizes and flavors of layered parfaits, Coffee Seibu is the perfect place to relax for an afternoon break.

Reduction in Commuters in Tokyo

Less commuters are seen in Tokyo’s major stations the metropolitan government’s “stay home” campaign to try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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!

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.

Coronavirus Cases on the Rise in Japan

Two weeks after Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures, the novel coronavirus epidemic in the country remains serious even though the rate of increase in the number of infected cases has begun to slow.

Sleep in a Real Sleeper-Train-Turned-Hostel

The Hokutosei Hostel is designed like the inside of a sleeper train—and that's because that is exactly what it was!

Flower Power at Takashi Murakami's Bar Museum

You've probably seen the signature bright smiling flowers of artist Takashi Murakami, but now you can enjoy his adorable art at Bar Zingaro.

Social Distancing Reduces Tokyo Train Traffic

The number of people passing through Tokyo’s major stations has drastically decreased on the first Monday since the Japanese government expanded the state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic to cover the entire nation.

Savor Gourmet Chocolate with Weird Flavors

Choci Tokyo is a gourmet chocolate specialty shop with 20 unique flavors like banana split and sakura sour. If you can't decide on a single flavor, you can try them all with some of their curated mixes.

Soar through the World's First Kite Museum

At the Kite Museum in Nihonbashi, you can explore over 500 unique kites, spanning through different historical eras and countries around the world.

Shop for Your Dream Life at the Loft in Ginza

Ginza's Loft store is attempting to spark a little more joy and awe with items to inspire you every day.

Tokyo Governor Steps Up Stay Home Request

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko steps up her call on residents of the Japanese capital to stay at home during the Golden Week holiday to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Tokyo Ward Begins Drive-Through COVID Testing

Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward begins drive-through PCR tests to check for the novel coronavirus to speed up screening in the capital.

Get Drunk at an Elementary School Izakaya

Whether you're simply curious about Japanese schools, or just want to get drunk in one, this izakaya has you covered.

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