All About Japan

Tokyo Governor Asks for Restraint

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike asks Tokyo residents to abstain from going to bars, clubs, karaoke and other nightlife spots to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nihonbashi's Neighborhood Noren Gallery

Over 30 Nihonbashi-based businesses came together to create noren (the curtains that hang in shopfronts) that symbolize their own identity.

Non-Smokers Rejoice: Ban Implemented in Japan

A law generally prohibiting indoor smoking was fully implemented across the country on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Japan's State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

If you were thinking of traveling to Japan, there are new restrictions to heed.

Japan Now Has 5G Network Service

Major Japanese cellphone service provider NTT Docomo launches next-generation 5G wireless service, the first in the country to do so.

Tokyo's Hidden Red-Gate Shrine

While not as famous as a similar shrine in Kyoto called Fushimi Inari Shrine, Hie Shrine touts an impressive tunnel with 90 bright red torii gates.

Tokyo Olympics Will Start July 23, 2021

The postponed Tokyo Olympics will kick off on July 23 2021, while the Paralympics will begin August 24. The games were delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Snow-Covered Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

Over the weekend, snow covered the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, which were in full bloom.

Garden Opened to Public Despite Outbreak

A private garden in central Japan opened its doors to tourists for free, while other gardens in Tokyo shut its doors due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Commuters Still Crowding Tokyo Stations

Many commuters showed up at stations in central Tokyo on the first Monday since the government declared a statement of emergency in the capital and asked companies to have 70 percent of employees work from home to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus

Enjoy Sakura Safely from the Comfort of Home

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom now across Japan. But given the uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases across Japan, there’s an organized effort to encourage folks to stay home this season.

Can You Escape from the Nine Rooms?

With only a 10 percent chance of survival in the experiential escape room, do you think you have what it takes to survive?

The Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop, Minus the 'Café'

At the Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo Asakusa Rock Shop, find limited-edition collectibles and Japan-inspired goods that you won't be able to get anywhere else in the world. Except a meal.

Ride a Roller Coaster through a Building

Tokyo Dome City, home to a theme park with a roller coaster that weaves through a building—like, an actual hole in a building!

Repercussions of Tokyo Olympic postponement

The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by about a year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic is forcing stakeholders to make major changes in preparation for the games.

Japan to Ban Travelers from US, China & Korea

Japan is set to ban all travelers from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe, including those who have been to those countries within 14 days.

Color Your World with Vegetable Crayons

A company in Aomori Prefecture is making sustainable crayons out of vegetable waste.

State of Emergency Will Not Disrupt Services

Japan declares a state of emergency, but it will be business as usual for public infrastructure, major banks, and convenience stores.

Revel in Nature's Splendor at Shinjuku Gyoen

While some go to Yoyogi Park for the lively community, others go to Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the largest parks in Tokyo, for the breathtaking beauty in every season.

JP Post Suspends Mail from Select Countries

In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Japan Postal Service has temporarily suspended mail service from select countries.

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