What started out as a hobby 10 years ago...
A life-saving kit born from the experiences of the March 2011 disaster
With over a billion downloads worldwide, social messaging app LINE launches new LINE TAXI service
Interview with Morihiro Harano, the creative director of OK Go’s drone-shot video
Scientists use spare time for remarkable achievement
Manufacturing and communication of the future will focus on sensations
The Arakawa + Gins lofts of ‘Reversible Destiny’ in Tokyo
Tailor Kenjiro Suzuki is set on becoming a top tailor in the west
The Shinkansen cleaning service, TESSEI, is taking the world by surprise
UNESCO has craftspeople abuzz
Global demand for KUBOTA tractors outgrows their factory in France
Domyo, a kimono enthusiasts’ favorite obijime retailer
Fans expect a “message from the heart”
My vocation – in Japanese tenshoku
Interview with Shigetaka Kurita
What is the strategy that Sony needs to survive?
Here are the top locations to visit in Japan for the best nightscape views
Why a former backpacker decided to bridge countries through business
H. G. Meij Interview
300 years of traditional brewing heritage
Japan’s beautiful manhole covers
Volunteers support marine culture farmers’ in tsunami-hit areas
International boarding school, ISAK, opens in Japan
Toyota subcontractors venture into bar tools
Connecting countries in the industry’s front lines
Selling Japan's unique culture as tourism resources
The philosophy of the producer who added innovation to tradition
Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Faire
Sexual dissatisfaction is a risk factor in marital relationships
Hitachino Nest’s strategy for the overseas market
A solution for the sleepless Japanese?
The KUHEIJI philosophy
Talking with street artist, 281_AntiNuke
Bringing fairytales to life: a modern-day version of Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage operating in Tokyo
Asahi Shuzo, the company behind the popular Dassai Sake, teams up with Fujitsu ICT
Hiroki Azuma’s attempt to bring tourists to Fukushima
A world-class collection that pursues perfection
An evolution of the traditional winter furnishing
The company with the most time-off
SHISEIDO releases iPhone accessory to be used with special facemasks in a limited quantity
Why DIY-tool.com chose to take on the world
A growing industry changing people's perceptions of drinking
Alex Bennett Ph.D. at Kansai University in Japan
A children's item going global
A former plaintiff's view on freedom of expression in Japan
Clever’s unrivalled technology and will
The Studio’s LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW has sold more a million copies since launch
You can become a YouTuber from tomorrow
The debate on Ryudai Takano's incident in Japan
Interview with Gomi Hayakawa, fashion designer
Why author Erika Kobayashi writes about radiation
KHAOSAN : The hostel group in Japan popular with foreign travellers
Non-verbal game app BrainWars can be far gather support worldwide.
Specializing in high-end accommodation across Japan, Relux aims to increase its overseas user base.
What and how does a culture influence on someone with multiple nationalities?
The Interactive Museum Where You Can Create Your Own Unique Cupnoodles!
The company announce increase in production in advance of further expansion abroad.
Machiya(Kyo Machiya) are traditional japanese wooden houses.
The Portable Stool that can be Stored in a Bookcase!
Bringing Japanese Pop Culture to Foreign Markets
An interview with Una
A world widely loved manga series, “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)”. The movie series finally came to an end.
Staying in Tokyo’s Shitamachi District
As Sony’s in-house company president, Koichiro Tsujino led pioneering projects such as the Sugoroku DVD recorder and the next-generation TV called CoCoon. He resigned from the company in 2006 and joined Google the following year, displaying his shrewdness as president of Google Japan.
The girls have set new standards in the world of music!
Bringing the culture of Edo to the modern age through a fusion of aquariums and art.
The biggest mystery in the universe
An Artisan Craft with Over 300 Years of History
A film that reminds us that nothing lasts forever and gives us a renewed sense of the preciousness of everyday life.
Heading out for my frequent dose of art exhibitions, I often encounter, encourage, or provoke discussions and hopefully heated debates about art.
The long-awaited final installments of the film adaptation of the hugely popular manga series, which has sold over 58 million copies, are being released!
The ice-cream spoon “15.0%” has become so popular that supply has been unable to keep up with demand since the moment it hit the market.
Firework displays are one of Japan’s summer traditions. June to July is the main season, and there are a variety of firework displays, from small to large, held throughout the country. As well as being an opportunity for firework technicians to show off their skills, these displays that paint the night sky are also important events giving Japanese people a sense of summer and allowing them to enjoy the season.
Japanese idol groups have created many innovations that have greatly changed the Japanese entertainment landscape. Their success could be a huge hint for the future of entertainment businesses around the world.
Can Mercari Carve Out a Place for Itself in the American Market?
A Story of A Girl who Survived An Atomic Bomb
Confined to a single, 50sq-foot room (1,200 yen a night), I toil away every day with nothing to show for it
Innovation in an Apartment
An Ancient Business Resurrects Japanese Craftwork
Although there are plenty of capable news curation apps in Japan like SmartNews, LINE NEWS, Antenna, and NewsPicks, the original app that pioneered this genre was Gunosy.
The computer Ochiai has in mind isn’t VR or AR, but instead a computer that operates on logic from the real world. You could call this vision an overwriting of the actual world by computers.
Creating the Products People Truly Want
The World of Woodblock Prints where Classic Tradition and Characters of Today Meet
More than 2 billion people around the world are living in poverty today. But there are also plenty of technologies and products available that can help the world fight poverty.
"Anti-Japanese protests erupt in China following island demonstration…" (Telegraph, Sept. 2012).
Among the younger generation, there are those considering switching jobs or working for themselves in order to make a living doing what they love. But is this really a wise move? What does it really mean to pursue your passion as your career?
Many developed countries see the medical and health care industry as the next growth area after the IT industry.
Ceramic Artists Shape their emotions with Clay, Fire, and Paintings
What is the key to effective business communication and how can we get our hands on it?
Education needs diagonal relationships.
Cultivating Japan’s Manga Culture Worldwide.
Two-time yo-yo world champion BLACK garnered attention when he became the first Japanese speaker on the TED stage in 2013.
With its unique products such as Usui Saifu, Hozon Suru Memo-Cho, Hiraku PC Bag, Mobilers Bag, Value Innovation Corp. has become a huge hit among members of the IT industry and fans of stationery products.
WORLD ORDER is a seven-man music and dance troupe, lead by former wrestler and mixed martial-arts fighter Genki Sudo.
In June of 2012, Naoya Kihara became the first Japanese to ever win a title at the World Series of Poker. We asked him how he reached the top as a professional poker player, which is considered unconventional in Japan.
What author Tomonori Taniguchi wants to express through picture story books.
Schoolgirls are the ultimate symbol of innocence, youth, and freedom. Photographer Yuki Aoyama, who often portrays Japanese schoolgirl fetishism in his work, explains why models can express more despite revealing less.
Kyaraben (short for “character bento”) are boxed lunches, elaborately arranged to look like characters from popular media. In Japan, everyday home-makers are creating all manner of kyaraben, based on characters from Japanese cartoon shows and comic-books. So, how exactly do you go about making them?
pixiv, an illustration communication service with over 3.8 billion PV per month and 10 million users, is a hugely popular SNS.
The practice of making bento based on cartoon and comic-book characters began in Japan, but in recent years has transcended national borders and spread to countries all around the world. We asked blogger Momo San, known for making adorable character bento, about the appeal of these boxed lunches.
In 2013, he began performing for audiences overseas, and people all over the world have enjoyed his interesting, new take on this very traditional Japanese puppet show.
Even if you are new to investing, you may already know some of the most fundamental principles of sound investing. How did you learn them?
One small Japanese venture company, FOMM, is looking at penetrating the Southeast Asian market by developing EVs that can withstand the flood disasters that plague the region – a heretofore unprecedented move.
Looking back it’s hard for me to believe how much my life and outlook on the world has changed.
Right now, countries all over the world are trying to figure out how to move education into the future. In recent years, a new movement has been gaining traction.
This article introduce the deceptively deep history of Japanese wrapping cloth, from its inception to its design and usability.
Growing up in a densely Asian-populated suburb of Southern California, I never felt confused or lost about my identity as a Japanese-American until I studied in Japan twice-- once before the Tohoku earthquake in 2011 and again after.
With over 20 million downloads, what is the smartphone app CocoPPa’s next move?
Takashi Shimizu is a movie director known for directing one of J-horror’s most iconic pieces, The Grudge. We talked to him about the difference between Japanese fear and fear from other countries, as well as how to portray fear that crosses country borders.
After beginning in India and travelling through China, Zen became well known across Japan in the Kamakura period. Although Zen was originally intended as a way to help one find one’s true self, in today’s society, Zen has become a popular method to train one’s spirit, improve concentration, and relieve stress.
In recent years, goods and traditional works of art made by Japanese artisans have gained popularity among foreign tourists visiting Japan.
As a young boy, his dream was to save the world’s nutrition problems. At first, he looked for something similar to the senzu beans found in the popular Japanese comic Dragon Ball.
Translator Motoyuki Shibata Discusses Contemporary Japanese Fiction