The cheap yen has helped inbound tourism in Japan sour and nearly 20 million visitors came to Japan last year. Most are Asian, especially Chinese, and while they do come here to sightsee and eat the ...
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If Tokyo has one enduring image abroad it’s that everyone and everything is rushing. In the mornings, high-heeled women in skirt-suits can be seen running down the sidewalk towards the train ...
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Ginza Mitsukoshi has opened the first airport-style duty-free store in Japan. The only place in Japan that has previously been allowed to host such retail facilities outside of airports is Okinawa, ...
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While Japanese TV and history is filled with many people we would likely label LGBT, the issue of same-sex marriage in Japan has been almost taboo until recently. However, following the decisions ...
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Relax in the bath while keeping the water warm and the things you need close at hand!
The controversy over the new National Stadium to be built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics rolls on and on. After Kengo Kuma's design was chosen in the second contest that became necessary when Zaha ...
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If you’ve been to Japan you’ve seen them: Brightly lit vending machines with rows of beverages lined up, each facing the passerby and beckoning to be sampled. Maybe you’ve noticed the coffee ...
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A lot happened in 2015, not least for Japan Trends, as we relaunched the website. We hope you like the new design. What were the big trends of the year? Political Renaissance During the ...
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It is sad to feature this kind of news at this time of year, but Reporters Without Borders have highlighted the fate of Japanese journalist Junpei (also Jumpei) Yasuda, missing in Syria. He is ...
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Transform into Monkey D. Luffy and Red-Haired Shanks with these brilliantly original skin-care face masks!
A landmark court ruling has left feminist campaigners fuming, while also offering some succour and glimpses of future change. In a suit brought forward by a group of women and one couple, the ...
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Japanese fast fashion retailer GU has created what it claims it the first "new sensation video" in Japan with onomato mix by GU. The video, which is online as an app until January 5th, allows you to ...
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Amazon Japan has started offering a monk dispatch service, where a Buddhist holy man is sent to conduct memorial services for you. The service starts at a flat ¥35,000 (about $285) anywhere ...
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NTT Docomo has produced a video illustrating how it is dangerous to look at your phone while you walk, even if you are a samurai. In the video, hapless samurai are shown walking in a pilgrimage ...
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Kirin Ichiban's machine puts an ice cap on your beer and helps keep your beverage cooler for longer!
And this year's biggest student trend in Japan? Apparently it's okashi ryukku -- rucksacks make from candy and snacks. This year social media has been awash with pictures of what school kids ...
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A public toilet near the entrance of Yasukuni Shrine was damaged on November 23rd in what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack. The wall and ceiling of the toilet was damaged by the blast ...
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Occupying ground somewhere between design and urban anthropology, Tokyo Totem, A Guide to Tokyo is a newly released guidebook about Japan's capital city and ever-inspiring whirlpool of images and ...
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