Category Archives: Culture and History

Canned cocktails blitz beer

Canned cocktails blitz beer

  Canned cocktails blitz beer Japanese brewers will release a record lineup of canned cocktails this summer as fizzy concoctions come to the fore in efforts to offset a decade…

Everything you think you know about your washlet toilet is wrong

Everything you think you know about your washlet toilet is wrong

Everything you think you know about your washlet toilet is wrong Here at RocketNews24 we love a good toilet story, whether it’s the health benefits of old-school squatters or a…

Hello Kitty is now officially over the hill, but still adorable

Hello Kitty is now officially over the hill, but still adorable

Hello Kitty is turning 40, but her birthday is definitely not going by unnoticed. Fans in the Tokyo area are in for a treat with the Shibuya de Hello Kitty…

Race against the clock: Shinkansen staff have just 7 minutes to get bullet train ready to ride

Race against the clock: Shinkansen staff have just 7 minutes to get bullet train ready to ride

Japan’s shinkansen, or bullet train in the West, was the world’s first high-speed train running at 200km per hour, and today the Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the world’s most used high-speed rail…

‘Granta’ opens a window into Japanese literature

‘Granta’ opens a window into Japanese literature

With such a piddling amount of Japanese fiction finding its way into English translation each year, you learn to make the most of what you can get. So when this…

UNESCO endorses Tomioka Silk Mill for World Heritage status

UNESCO endorses Tomioka Silk Mill for World Heritage status

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended giving World Heritage status to the Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory building symbolizing Japan’s industrialization from the 19th century, the Agency for Cultural…

Spectacular snow walls

The Japan News — Apr 17   People enjoy viewing the 15-meter snow walls of the Yuki no Otani (Great Snow Valley), along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that passes…

Deconstructing Lolita fashion

Deconstructing Lolita fashion

Since Her Excellency Tomomi Inada, Minister in charge of Japan’s “Cool Japan” strategy, visited New York, JapanCulture•NYC has been trying to define “Cool Japan” as it relates to New Yorkers. The…

Welcome to the whimsical world of Yuko Higuchi

Welcome to the whimsical world of Yuko Higuchi

Tokyo is home to a large number of talented artists, but recently one in particular has been standing out. Japanese people and netizens around the world have become captivated by…

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market: the world’s greatest food show

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market: the world’s greatest food show

  Roll up, roll up for the greatest food show on earth: Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale fish market is the Louvre of the oceans, a food lover’s paradise. More than 2,000…