On May 19th, Katsuya Okada unveiled the new logo of the newly formed political party, the Minshinto. The Democratic Party, as it is called in English, was formed out of the merger of two other ...
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made a political song and dance out of his apparent efforts to create a "a society in which women shine". However, it seems not everyone got the memo that female ...
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The return to Japanese TV screens last week of the 32-year-old unmarried TV "talent" Becky was a major event for the entertainment industry. Her homecoming after weeks of exile attracted 24% of the ...
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Japan has a troubled relationship with feminism to put it mildly. Remember Bijin Uketsuke, the "beautiful receptionist" app? Or the jeers Ayaka Shiomura had to endure in the Tokyo Assembly from ...
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Stress relief inspired by traditional Japanese sports
Dogged by problems since preparations began, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now face another potential scandal. The Guardian has revealed a mysterious payment made to a Singaporean bank account linked to a ...
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Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima in May, it was officially confirmed by the White House. This will make Obama the first sitting president to visit the city where the first nuclear weapon was ...
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Buddhism is making a comeback (if it ever went away), in unusual places. From Buddhist bars -- the most famous of which is Vowz in Yotsuya -- to the "monk delivery service" available on Amazon ...
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In 2014, many noted the death of gyaru culture as two of the prominent hostess and gyaru fashion magazines -- Koakuma Ageha and egg -- closed down. Then in 2015, something seemed to give and there ...
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The Star Wars villain like you've never seen him before!
Mori has made its mission to create "cities-within-the-city" complexes, most notable in Roppongi but also in Aoyama with the Omotesando Hills. In mid-2014 Mori Building opened the Toranomon Hills ...
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Which Japanese fashion model do you look like? That's the tempting question asked by Dare Who?, a website that allows you to upload your portrait and then let it analyze and calculate your closest ...
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Maker culture spaces, fab labs and hackerspaces have been springing up all over Tokyo in recent years, offering designers (both established professionals and aspiring amateurs) the chance to share ...
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The award-winning "ultra-technologists" teamLab have carved out a successful niche in digital art installations, working with the likes of Gucci and even Narita Airport. Their signature approach ...
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The Mewgaroo Hoodie has a special "pouch" for your kitten or cat to snuggle up with you. And even better, the hoodie turns you into a cat too!
Opening March 5th, BnA hotel Koenji is "a project that turns the entire creative city of Koenji into an art hotel." Bed & Art Project's new facility is self-proclaimed as the "wackiest new ...
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Shiseido has teamed up with photographer and film director Mika Ninagawa to make a Tsubaki-themed public bathhouse. The Tsubaki-yu celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Tsubaki haircare brand ...
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This article by Lily Crossley-Baxter first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo. It’s Valentine’s Day soon, and as you will have noticed, there is chocolate EVERYWHERE. It’s in cute heart-shaped boxes, ...
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