All About Japan

Seasonal Sushi Donated to Frontline Workers

A sushi restaurant in Tokyo’s Tsukiji area donated 100 sushi rolls to frontline workers at a hospital that treats coronavirus patients. The rolls are believed to bring luck when eaten on a special day in early February.

Japan Extends Coronavirus Emergency to March 7

The Japanese government has decided to extend its second state of emergency over the coronavirus by a month through March 7.

Closures Over COVID Continue in Japan

An increasing number of businesses across Japan permanently close their doors amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

Naohiko Shimoda's Creative Corner Kamidana

Kamidana are miniature altars that can be found in many Japanese homes. However, architect Naohiko Shimoda came up with one that highlights the corners of rooms, blending traditional and modern aesthetics.

Yokoo's Contemporary Misaligned Ukiyo-e Prints

Tadanori Yokoo celebrates the common problem of woodblock misalignment in a new series.

Tokyo Disney Resort to Shorten Business Hours

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will push back opening times by one hour under the extended coronavirus state of emergency.

Century-Old Candy Maker's Covid-Safety Sweets

Founded in 1901, Tohoen has survived the 1918 pandemic and is now making it through the current one offering limited-edition sweets focused on staying safe.

Fukuoka's Giant Gorilla Is Symbol of Strength

Since the Amabie didn't swoop in to save Japan from the pandemic, one town in Fukuoka decided to bring in a straw-based specialist to, well, smash the virus with fearsome fists and glowing red eyes!

Loewe's Limited 'Totoro' Luxury Leather Goods

Spanish luxury leather designer Loewe has released a special, limited-edition capsule collection for fans to combine their love of the film with quality goods.

Fall in Love with Mister Donut's V-Day Collab

You may have heard about this year’s Valentine flavor lineup at Mister Donut, but you’re probably wondering just how delectable these Pierre Marcolini donuts are, right? Let's take a look inside the special "Mister Donut meets Pierre Marcolini" bags.

Coronavirus in Japan: 1-Year Later

One year has passed since Japan confirmed the first coronavirus patient in the country, but new cases of infection are on the surge despite the government’s declaration of the second state of emergency over the pandemic.

Osaka Hotel Says 'Thank You' with ¥390 Rooms!

While the ¥390 discount is a bit of a pun, you really can get a room for less than the cost of a bowl of ramen!

Sip on Springtime with Cherry Blossom Beer

It isn't spring until you've had a taste of everything sakura-flavored—including this refreshing cherry blossom beer!

Central Japan's Husband-Throwing Festival

You won't believe this wacky winter ritual where locals throw a married man down a snowy hill to his wife.

COVID Vaccines May Be Available in May

Sources say Japan's government plans to deliver COVID vaccinations to the general population in May.

Floating Concrete Block Hides Stylish Restroom

This new public restroom in Sendagaya, just steps away from the new Tokyo National Stadium, may look like a floating slab of cold concrete, but the inside is warm and welcoming with rich wood you have to see for yourself.

McDonald's Celebrates Its 50th Year in Japan

McDonald’s Japan is ringing in its 50th year in the nation with a comprehensive look back on the last half-century.

Annual Bean-Tossing Events Held Across Japan

In a way to welcome good fortune and drive out the bad, Setsubun festivities were held in various parts of Japan on February 2 with limited participants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Train Services to End Earlier in Greater Tokyo

Railway companies serving the greater Tokyo area move up the times of their last train amid the state of emergency over the coronavirus.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Restoration Update

The press got to see the interior of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial that has been undergoing preservation work since last September. The structure is a symbol of the devastation of the 1945 atomic bombing of the western Japanese city.

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