Traditional Japanese style Starbucks coming to historical Nagano temple area

Japanese culture purists may see it as an abomination, but you can hardly escape Starbucks in Japan nowadays. Even in culturally important areas the chain have started adapting their store aesthetic to sneakily slip their branches into the existing historical townscape. Depending on your outlook, this could either be seen as a dire threat to … Read more

Yowamushi Pedal stamp rally is a biker’s anime pilgrimage, popular cosplayer Chamomile reports

As fans of competitive bike racing manga and anime Yowamushi Pedal know, the setting for much of the action takes place in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture. Thanks to franchise’s popularity, the city has become a haven for cycling enthusiasts. If you’re in the Kanto area and thinking about getting away from the urban jungle and doing … Read more

Interview with Shogo Suzuki: The CEO Changing Japanese Society’s Attitude to Ex-Inmates

Japan’s prison system has been thrown into the spotlight in recent months thanks to the accusations against, and detention of, one Carlos Ghosn, illustrious ex-CEO of Nissan. This has exposed questionable practices such as “hostage justice”; forcing suspects into limbo through extended detention until they confess, irrespective of real guilt. Once imprisoned and then released … Read more

This Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan Is the Most Magical Place Ever

One of the best parts of spring takes place when you spot that first flower peeking out of the ground. After a long, dreary winter, it’s the first sign that warm weather is on its way. This tunnel in Japan illustrates that concept perfectly — multiplied by one hundred million. The Kawachi Fuji Gardens are … Read more

Japanese School Holds ‘Gender Change Day’

TOKYO| Japan’s school uniforms are typically pretty divided across gender lines, so the Fuji Hokuryo school in Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture decided to allow its students a bit of leeway with what it’s dubbed “S8x Change Day,” a play on the terms “S7x” and “Exchange.” On this special day, male and female students were allowed to … Read more

Japan, International Olympic Committee agree to postpone Tokyo Games

Facing heavy global pressure and rising athlete dissent, the International Olympic Committee sharply reversed course Tuesday and agreed with Japanese officials that the Olympics and Paralympics will not take place this summer in Tokyo in the wake of the growing novel coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say they now hope to stage the Games by the summer of 2021. … Read more

Elderly people in Japan are getting arrested on purpose because they want to go to prison

Japan has the world’s oldest population, with more than a quarter of its citizens aged 65 or older. The ageing population has already put a strain on Japan’s financial system and retail industry. But in recent years, another unexpected trend has been unfolding: In record numbers, elderly people in Japan are committing petty crimes so … Read more

Sakura Afro Pikachu Cake And Latte Hits Pokémon Cafe For 2020 Cherry Blossom Season

Last year the first ever permanent Pokémon Cafe opened up right next to the Pokémon Center DX in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, and ever when you consider that then it is been offering seasonal treats inclusive of Sword and Shield starter plates and Halloween Pokémon dishes. Flagship Pokémon Pikachu has often been featured at the menu … Read more

Japanese Maker Uses Age-Old Craft For Elegant Earmuffs To Pair With Kimono

Tsumami zaiku is a traditional Japanese craft that dates back to the Edo Period used to create lovely hair adorns and sticks to pair with kimono. Square pieces of fabric are delicately and painstakingly pinched and folded in crafting adorns along with cranes, however also flowers consultant of the season called kanzashi. Japanese maker Asobiya … Read more

Welcome to the ‘Roof of Japan’ The Snowiest Road in The World

Sushi, anime, J-pop, Nintendo, samurai, Pokémon, ultra-advanced technology, cherry blossoms… Yeah, Japan surely has engraved a multi-layered international image for itself. But there’s something that most people don’t think about when they hear the word ‘Japan.’ Snow. And not just regular snow… But insane, humongous amounts of snow that actually make one Japanese city the … Read more

Japanese artist draws amazingly lifelike cheetah with only color pencils

We’ve covered a few artists able to producing amazingly sensible works of art by analog means. For example, Kei Mieno’s photorealistic paintings of ladies and Kohei Ohmori’s pencil-drawn can of Asahi Super Dry which seems good enough to drink. And then there’s 19-year-antique Haru Otomi 音海はる (actual name: Haruki Kudo 工藤陽輝) (@huwahuwa1_25) who draws animals … Read more

Tokyo’s Visitor Sites nearly empty as Coronavirus Fears

In Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, restaurants generally thronged with vacationers hoping to sample a number of its renowned sushi stand empty, sufferer of the coronavirus this is battering Japan’s tourism sector. Cook Hiroshi Ota, 61, said nearly three-quarters of his customers in regular times are Chinese tourists, but they’re saved away through new Japanese measures … Read more

Japanese penguin mop top covers are a cute cleaning motivator

One of Japanese on line retailer Felissimo’s largest hits from their YOU+MORE! Series (a play at the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) has been an “evolving” plushie that transforms from egg into King Penguin. Perhaps hoping to ride some of that penguin momentum–and transfer it to your efforts to tidy up your floor–they’ve launched a … Read more

Japanese Grandparents Create Life-Sized Totoro Bus Stop For Their Grandchildren

Studio Ghibli lovers are flocking to a subject in Takaharu, Miyazaki, Japan to have their picture taken beside a life-sized reproduction Totoro bus stop. Created by a 70-year-antique couple for his or her grandchildren, the adorable statue of the iconic individual from the film “My Neighbor Totoro” was crafted from scratch using a conventional plastering … Read more

New Japanese Gaming Bed Proves Humanity Has Peaked

There is now a special gaming bed from Japan for game enthusiasts who could rather stay in mattress for long intervals of play. Japanese furniture producer Bauhutte currently unveiled the remaining gaming mattress, which provides all gaming essentials from the instant you wake up until the time you doze off. The mattress has all the … Read more

Australian Twitch Streamer Saves Woman From Being Followed by Stranger in Tokyo

An Australian Twitch streamer residing in Japan stored a distressed female vacationer from being observed via a stranger while strolling in Tokyo. The 29-year-vintage streamer, Robcdee, turned into live-streaming out of doors a kebab store and showing his gadget to visitors while he noticed a lady Moroccan vacationer being observed by a Japanese man on … Read more

Japanese Love Liver and Engineer Creates Astonishingly Accurate Rina-chan Board

Hama-san (@ybybybmh) is an avid Love Liver with engineering skills, who’s searching forward to the anime adaptation of Nijigasaki High School Idol Club which was introduced on the cease of ultimate year. In particular, he seems to be partial to Rina Tennoji, a shy female who isn’t always suitable at expressiveness but skilled at drawing … Read more