Category Archives: Culture and History

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

The main building of the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo closed Monday for demolition and a rebuild after 53 years of hosting fascinating guests amid Japanese decorative beauty. The hotel’s guest…

Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

When someone mentions GIFs, it usually calls to mind one of two things; funny TV show clips posted as responses on forum threads, or a burning desire to assert to…

Teen fashion brand Cecil McBee releases range of educational books, makes studying kawaii

Teen fashion brand Cecil McBee releases range of educational books, makes studying kawaii

In the west, there’s a wide range of stores selling affordable and cute fashion marketed towards teens, such as H&M, TopShop, Zara and Forever 21. But in Japan, one of…

Buddhist temple singles parties: The enlightened way to find a romantic partner

Four common workplace occurrences that could land you in hot water in Japan

Four common workplace occurrences that could land you in hot water in Japan A Japanese website recently published a list of four commonly occurring behaviors at work which are actually…

Special limited-edition watermelon dango look amazing, sell out immediately after release

Special limited-edition watermelon dango look amazing, sell out immediately after release

Special limited-edition watermelon dango look amazing, sell out immediately after release we’ve seen many more interesting watermelon-flavored summer gifts, or ochuugen, pop up compared to previous years, like this amazing…

Want a souvenir from the ocean? Take part of it home with a realistic resin replica!

Want a souvenir from the ocean? Take part of it home with a realistic resin replica!

Want a souvenir from the ocean? Take part of it home with a realistic resin replica! We’ve seen some amazing things Japanese artists have created out of resin before, but…

Things you won’t believe Chinese tourists are buying in Japan: drugstore edition

Things you won’t believe Chinese tourists are buying in Japan: drugstore edition

Things you won’t believe Chinese tourists are buying in Japan: drugstore edition Often when you visit another country, one thing on everyone’s to-do list is a little shopping. It’s always…

Fermented sushi? Two restaurants where you can get a same-day seat to try this gourmet treat

Fermented sushi? Two restaurants where you can get a same-day seat to try this gourmet treat

Fermented sushi? Two restaurants where you can get a same-day seat to try this gourmet treat   This year fermented sushi is in vogue among Tokyo’s gourmet crowd, with people…

Pet shelter in Japan tugs at the heart strings by advertising pets with their expiry date

Pet shelter in Japan tugs at the heart strings by advertising pets with their expiry date

Pet shelter in Japan tugs at the heart strings by advertising pets with their expiry date Some places in our world can inspire us and break our hearts at the…

Cross-dressing Conchita Wurst visits Shibuya mayor

Cross-dressing Conchita Wurst visits Shibuya mayor

Cross-dressing Conchita Wurst visits Shibuya mayor TOKYO — Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst was in Tokyo Thursday for a low-key meeting with the mayor of the trendy Shibuya district, which…