4 Days in Tohoku, Japan’s Northeastern Treasureland

Japan’s northeastern region of Tohoku was once considered a remote, inaccessible land. Today, the Tohoku Shinkansen and other modes of transport have made it easier than ever to explore its unique traditions, uncrowded historical districts, and stunning natural scenery....

We strive cooking numerous issues with Japan’s double-decker one-person bento box-sized rice cooker

The brand new model of the favored cooking bento field boasts of cooking different issues…however does it actually work? Japanese firm Thanko has been making waves within the bento market with their cutting-edge, tremendous handy, moveable, bento-sized rice cooker....

Eat Eevee! Pokémon Tokyo Banana team-up enters round two with suggestions to freeze, singe Eevee

Once again, the number-two Pokémon is right on Pikachu’s heels. Eevee’s National Pokédex number is 133, but in terms of marketing, the much-loved species is really the number-two Pokémon. Sure, Pikachu usually takes point on collaborative Pokémon projects, but...

Japan Airlines staff reassigned to work as shrine maidens during coronavirus travel downturn

New role shifts focus from the literal skies to the figurative heavens. A lot of businesses are hurting these days, but the effects of the coronavirus pandemic have hit travel providers particularly hard. In addition to Japan being almost...

Studio Ghibli quietly joins Twitter as anime production company creates official account

My Neighbor Twitter-o? Studio Ghibli is a famously old-fashioned company, one that was at first staunchly opposed to digital methods of production and distribution. However, in recent months it seems like the anime production house co-founded by legendary director...

Here it is: The finalized map for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan (and its food)

Plot your course and meal at the first-ever Super Mario-themed amusement park zone. It’s been a long, long wait for the opening of Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World expansion. Granted, from the moment it became known that the...

Japanese school renames boys, girls uniforms as “Type I” and “Type II” in gender identity reform

New dress code allows choice of bottoms for female students only. Though the word uniform literally means “one form,” on any given day at a school in Japan you’ll see two different uniforms: one for boys and one for...

Hokkaido man steals front end loader from neighboring town to plow snow in own neighborhood

He’ll need to steal an excavator too to dig himself out of this hole. A case of constructive crime broke out in the town of Nakafurano in Hokkaido Prefecture late last month when a 45-year-old man was arrested for...

Japanese home furnishing chain issues massive recall for asbestos-heavy bathmats and coasters

Over two million products affected, some of which have been on sale for years. Japanese affordable home furnishing chain Nitori’s slogan is “Onedan ijo,” which loosely translates to “quality beyond its price.” Unfortunately, it turns out that some of...

Three-year-old Japanese girl loves Grand Theft Auto, dad says it’s a great game for kids

Don’t hate the game just because of what most players do. The days of video games being strictly for kids are long gone, with more adult-oriented titles than ever before being produced. Games in general do still have an...