Could you live like these Japanese minimalists? Then again, maybe you already do. »
First time visitors notice them right away: Sickness masks. People in Japan wear them for numerous reasons, including to prevent illness. Some even wear them because they think the masks make them more attractive. Now, a mask promises just that. »
In Japanese, they’re called “igyou-atama” (異形頭) or, literally, “strange-looking heads.” They are oddly wonderful. »
There’s nothing worse than being caught out in the rain without an umbrella. (There are worse things, but whatever.) If you happen upon a DyDo vending machine, however, you can borrow one for free! »
In Japan, there’s one rule that, more than anything, will probably make people upset when broken. These fashion photos destroy that rule. »
Hot springs and public pools in Japan have long denied people with tattoos. But now it’s 2015. The future! Are attitudes in Japan changing? Some are, but in one recent poll, the majority’s opinion has not. »
If you are visiting Japan, stay in a capsule hotel. At least for a night. It’s part of the experience. And here are some of the coolest-looking capsule hotels the country has to offer.
Japanese retailer Shimamura has stopped selling Nazi-style swastika pendants. For the time being, apparently. »
English is not an easy language for Japanese people. But you’d think that Fuji TV, one of Japan’s biggest television networks, would have a native English speaker check things. You’d think. »
One of the newest Japanese buzz words is “katana joshi” (カタナ女子) or “katana woman.” You know, for ladies who are really into Japanese swords. »
Do you have a boyfriend? No? Would you like to rent one? Good news, because does Japan have a service for you. It’s not cheap. »
When you visit Tokyo, there’s a list of places you must attend. Ganguro Cafe would very much like to be on that list.
Today is May 6th. Online in Japan, that’s Condom Day. On Twitter, people keep effing around. Glad to see they’re playing it safe! »
Japan has come up with some truly fantastic English product names. “PlayStation,” for example, is terrific. Then, there are some product names that are bad. Wonderfully so. »
Change happens slowly in Japan, but it does happen. You wake up one day, and things that weren't possible years ago are happening today. Nowhere is that more evident than in the woman who will represent Japan in the Miss Universe pageant—but that's to the chagrin of some who wanted a more "Japanese" winner. »
Above, you can see a photo the members of Momoiro Clover Z, one of Japan's most famous idol acts, and long-time pop group Rats & Star. And this is apparently how they'll appear on Japanese television next month. »