Monthly Archives: September 2015

Japan’s magic umbrellas reveal cute patterns in the rain

Japan’s magic umbrellas reveal cute patterns in the rain

September in Japan is the bridge between summer and autumn, with warm humid days mixed in with cool nights and passing typhoons dumping some of the year’s highest amounts of…

Nine treats you can only get (and should get!) at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

Nine treats you can only get (and should get!) at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

  In Japan, going on a trip often means you’ll be coming back with about twice as much luggage as you left with, as you are almost always expected to…

Japan beats S Africa 34-32 to record biggest upset in rugby history

Japan beats S Africa 34-32 to record biggest upset in rugby history

Japan produced the greatest upset rugby has ever seen Saturday as they beat South Africa 34-32 in the opening game of Pool B at the Rugby World Cup. A try…

Kabuki for (penniless) beginners

Kabuki for (penniless) beginners

It might sound hard to believe, what with it having been advertised as “classic” and as “high art” but Kabuki was—and to some extent still is—as pop as anything can…

Hollywood’s live-action Akira adaptation rumored to be a trilogy

Hollywood’s live-action Akira adaptation rumored to be a trilogy

In case you’ve never read any of the Akira manga or seen the landmark 1988 anime movie based on it, here’s a basic rundown of the plot. A powerful organization…

The top 10 drinking districts in Tokyo, as recommended by Japanese locals

The top 10 drinking districts in Tokyo, as recommended by Japanese locals

The number of foreign visitors visiting Japan has increased recently, and with Tokyo set to host the 2020 Olympic Games that trend is likely to continue. Now is the perfect…

Night of paper-folding with a Japanese friend leads to creation of beautiful “origami jewellery”

Night of paper-folding with a Japanese friend leads to creation of beautiful “origami jewellery”

origami paper-folding with a Japanese friend that left a big impression. Intrigued by the art, they set upon a journey to recreate the folded designs in metal and not long…

Is Japan itself dying of old age? Premium city real estate auctioned off for next to nothing

Is Japan itself dying of old age? Premium city real estate auctioned off for next to nothing

Is Japan itself dying of old age? Premium city real estate auctioned off for next to nothing It’s no secret that Japan’s elderly population is on the rise while the…

Girl, 12, lands patent for can-separating recycling bin

Girl, 12, lands patent for can-separating recycling bin

Girl, 12, lands patent for can-separating recycling bin Asuka Kamiya, 12, a sixth-grader from Jozan Elementary School in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, has been granted a patent for her can-recycling bin…

Japan’s Mt. Aso currently erupting, Kyushu residents capture dramatic photos

Japan’s Mt. Aso currently erupting, Kyushu residents capture dramatic photos

Japan’s Mt. Aso currently erupting, Kyushu residents capture dramatic photos volcanic activity, and even today there are still a handful of active peaks to be found in the country. One…