All About Japan

Nurse Gearing Up to Fight in Tokyo Olympics

27-year-old Arisa Tsubata is an aspiring Olympian and candidate for the Japanese national team in women’s boxing. When she’s not sparring, she can be found at a medical facility where she works as a nurse at a clinic in Tokyo.

Starbucks Welcomes Spring '21 with New Flavors

Every year, Starbucks hopes to capture Japanese springtime in a cup with annual sakura-flavored releases. And we just got a taste of their newly released offerings for 2021.

Photographer's Creative Urban Building Cutouts

Photographer Ken Ohyama is highlighting his passion for urban environments with these cool cutouts of buildings across the country.

Commemorating 20th Anniversary of Ehime Maru

Survivors and bereaved families of victims of the fatal collision between high school fishing training ship Ehime Maru and a U.S. submarine commemorate the 20th anniversary of the accident.

Uber Eats Starts Medication Delivery Trials

Convenience store chain giant Lawson is teaming up with Uber Eats to deliver medication to those who need it.

Touchless Toilet Panel Is Safety Innovation

Japanese toilets are well known for their high-tech wash-and-dry functions, controlled by a panel located near the toilet seat. While it's great for keeping your rear clean, the pandemic has highlighted one major problem: it doesn’t keep fingers clean.

These Traditional Dolls Are Earthquake Ready

As one kokeshi doll workshop's owners began cleaning up their shop, a flash of genius stuck them: why not equip their topple-prone traditional dolls with lights that can be used in case of future earthquakes?

Special Starbucks Mugs Showcase Local Artisans

Starbucks Japan has a series of tumblers and coffee mugs that highlight the splendor of local pottery, and our friends at Spoon & Tamago have compiled some of their favorites.

Office Lunch Delivery Trial Begins in Tokyo

Real estate developer giant Mitsui Fudosan is trying out a lunch delivery service that targets Tokyo office workers.

Combini-Bodega Concept Restaurant in Harajuku

A new experimental restaurant in Harajuku is looking to combine the communal experience of a Japanese convenience store with that of a Bronx bodega.

Saitama Vending Machine Selling Covid-19 Tests

Japanese vending machines are well known for selling some pretty unique items, and this one in Saitama Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo, is offering PCR Test kits for you to take in the comfort of your own home.

Tokyo Stocks Rise to 30-Year High

Tokyo stocks rise on better-than-expected gross domestic product data released in the morning, with the key Nikkei index topping 30,000 for the first time in over 30 years.

Mori Resigns as Tokyo Games Organizing Chief

Mori Yoshiro resigns as president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee amid growing criticism over his sexist remarks.

Top 12 Accommodation in Hakuba, Nagano

Looking for traditional ryokan, cosy vacation rental or comfy hotel in Hakuba? Check out our list of the top accommodation in Hakuba, in Nagano Prefecture.

Life-Size Dolls Enliven Girls' Festival Event

Life-size “Hina” dolls are on display at a historic inn in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, for the doll festival on March 3.

12 Things to Do in Charming Kanazawa

Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by scenic mountain ranges and national parks, has well-preserved art and culture. Read on for a list of 12 things you can do in Kanazawa.

Sapporo's Snow Festival Going Online This Year

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off on February 4, but you don't have to leave your warm home to see it this year!

Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway

Pfizer vaccines arrive in hospitals in Tokyo ahead of inoculation which is set to start on February 17.

Bullet Train Telework Trial with Rental Wi-Fi

East Japan Railway is using the month of February to test out the use of bullet trains on the Tohoku Shinkansen line as virtual office spaces for passengers to telework.

Make Your Own Cup-Noodle-Approved Chawanmushi

Now you can turn that end-of-ramen frown upside-down by using your leftover broth to make a savory egg custard.

know-before-you-go