New Hotel Embraces Its Ikebukuro Home
A new hotel embracing minimalism celebrates the neighborhood it's in, Ikebukuro.
Some Visitors Back at Tourist Destinations
As the government eases domestic travel restrictions, some visitors are back at Japan’s tourist destinations.
Tokyo Coronavirus Cases on the Rise
Tokyo reports 124 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, July 3, while the health minister says Japan’s medical care system is not in a crunch.
Japan Rolls Out Paid Plastic Bags Policy
Japan mandates businesses to charge customers for plastic shopping bags as part of efforts to tackle plastic waste. Stores are responding in various ways.
Japan to Abolish Seal-Stamping System
Bad news for fans of Japanese seals! Japan is looking to do away with its custom of physical seal stamping and come up with a digitized process.
Japan's First Sign Language Starbucks Opens
As a show of its dedication to inclusion, Starbucks has brought it's fifth global sign language cafe to Tokyo, the first in the nation.
Toyota Invests in Joint Space Venture
Toyota Motor and three major Japanese banks invest in a new fund for space development aimed at nurturing domestic startups in the field.
Tokyo Subway Going Antimicrobial
Workers at Tokyo Metro are now applying an antimicrobial surface coating to their trains to fend off the coronavirus.
Putting a New Spin on Conveyor-Belt Sushi
Kura Sushi, Japan’s second-largest conveyor-belt-sushi chain, has unveiled a marvelous new global flagship in Tokyo’s Asakusa district.
Take a Virtual Tour 'Beyond Tokyo'
Amid continued travel restrictions and pleas to stay at home to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic around the globe, we figured you might want to check out a unique way to tour one of Tokyo's most popular neighborhoods.
Kitamura Shop Like Theme Park for Camera Fans
Kitamura Camera's new location, which just opened in early July 2020, hopes to become a one-stop-shop for amateur and professional photographers alike. And Spoon & Tamago has the scoop!
New Daily High of Coronavirus Cases in Tokyo
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported a new daily high of 286 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Japan’s capital on Thursday.
70% of New Covid Cases Among 20s & 30s Adults
Tokyo confirmed 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, and over 100 cases per day over the the weekend. The capital has designated a four-color warning system to notify the public of the severity of the situation.
Tokyo Hits Record High for New COVID Cases
Tokyo confirmed 224 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus on Thursday, July 9, a record high for a single day.
Tokyo Excluded From Go To Travel Campaign
Japan’s government will go ahead with a domestic travel campaign starting July 22, but has excluded Tokyo due to a growing number of new cases of coronavirus. Travelers and firms participating in the travel subsidy program will also need to abide by a li
Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo Reopens
People flock to Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, which has reopened after closing for about four months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo's New Foreign Residents Support Center
The Japanese government has opened a center that offers foreign residents support ranging from immigration issues to employment. The facility also advises companies employing foreigners, and local governments of areas where they reside.
Patients With COVID-19 Antibodies Found Immune
The results of Japan’s large-scale antibody test show all eight patients who had antibodies against the novel coronavirus were immune to COVID-19.
Tokyo On High Alert for Coronavirus
Tokyo officials have raised the four-stage COVID-19 alert to its highest level, since the Japanese capital saw more than 100 new cases for the seventh straight day.
Traditional Artisans Adapting to the Pandemic
Traditional artisans in Japan are looking for innovative ways to adapt to the new normal to ride out the pandemic.