Soy sauce, Miso and Natto – the science behind Japan’s fermented foods
CEO Chika Tsunoda challenges cultural barriers to in-home service
The magic of Japanese convenience stores, as told by longtime employee Shizuka Wada
This year’s event was also a grand stage to see all facets of Japan’s gaming society in full view
Packing technical artistry into a tiny frame
Author Satetsu Takeda Takes Aim at the Abe Administration’s Political Tactics
An Interview with Soichi Kariyazono, the New Chairman of the Japan Venture Capital Association
A detailed report on the latest version of the Toyota hybrid
Introducing Unagi Travel, a one-of-a-kind travel agency offering dedicated tours for stuffed animals
Presenting The Creations Of The Traveling Kimono Dressmaker Yumi Yamamoto
Why it’s not an “overreaction” to condemn offensive speech
Video artist describes her work as “makeup for the heart”
Exploring Murakami’s world
The Bizarre Green Pigeons of Oiso
Interview with Co-founder Yuya Mizuno
A look on Japan’s National Security Laws from the eyes of movie director John Junkerman
TThe UKIYO-E PROJECT puts a modern spin on a traditional art form
“Analog warmth” is the secret of minne’s success, says founder Masayuki Abe
Helping young people with problems they can’t discuss with their friends
The untold history of Audio-Technica sushi makers, now sold in over 50 countries
Making the most of an ‘aging’ work force; a business model for an aging population
New CEO from trading company has burning passion for new business
Toward a more bountiful society
As millions flee fighting in Syria and persecution around the world, a legal expert shares scathing criticisms of Japan’s refugee recognition system
Domo’s Creator, Tsuneo Goda, Reveals the Secrets of His Birth
Naruto Author Masashi Kishimoto Talks about Working on The Final Movie
How A Small Shibuya Company Created A Global Hit
Designing With Your Smartphone, your design brought to life by in-house craftspeople
“Hair clip hearing aid” translates sound into frequency vibrations and adjustable LEDs
Developed by engineers at Chiba Institute of Technology, nuclear response robots underwent repeated upgrades during the Fukushima disaster
How did ‘surimi’ take Naples by storm?
The Quest of Keisuke Oka, Creator of the Arimaston Building
“Teenagers, young people, Japan, the world – I want to be someone who can change them all!”
Popular new style of funeral resonates with Japanese who “want to return to nature when I die”
Tokyo's biggest summer dance party is an age-old tradition
Introducing the next generation of video cameras
Introducing “Japan Changer,” a web service that faxes protest messages to every office in the Japanese Diet
17 million riders every year! The secrets of Enoden’s success
The development process behind the world-famous no-brand products
A conversation with Kenji Kubota and Chim↑Pom’s Ryuta Ushiro, curator and originator of “Don’t Follow the Wind” exhibitition
Born in the snowscapes of Tohoku, this is the story of “Vegetable Crayons”
The real essence of IoT lies in integrating fog computing with device development, says PFN founder Toru Nishikawa
Modern Alchemist Daigo Igarashi Hacks The Five Senses
An independently-run facility in Tokyo, tucked away in a residential neighborhood
Group OTAKU Breaks Cultural Barriers around the World
How One Man’s Fixation Took Dancing Beyond Human Limits
An Interview with Mayu Nakamura, director of “Alone in Fukushima”
Bidou Yamaguchi, a Japanese Noh theatre craftsman, opens new dimensions for mask making
Japanese developer of Opdivo talks about the future of the drug
From Everyday Use To Emergency Situations, There’s Nothing This New Family-tracking App Can’t Handle
Exploring Murakami’s World
Checking out the ride, considering infrastructure challenges: Is this car really our “future”?
Nestlé Japan's regional marketing strategy
Growing numbers of young Japanese embrace “small-scale living”
Powered by “We’re Free!” slogan, identical-twin idol tandem builds following by letting businesses and private users use their photos free of charge
Brain Dots hits 10M downloads in a month, 96% of users outside
Why didn’t GHQ abolish Japan’s most controversial shrine?
Photographer, Model, Electrical Engineer: The Many Faces of an Innovative “Geek-Type” Artist
The popularity of Munenori Kawasaki shows no signs of slowing down. But what do the other players really think of the famously cheerful infielder?
Living so close to residential areas, coexistence depends on human efforts
The Beauty of Chindonya, As I’ve Experienced It For 35 Years
Adman-Showmen in Funny Costumes
This App uses AI to give you just the Coupons and Discounts that you really want
A reporter’s reflection of the late Nintendo CEO’s personality
What’s behind it’s popularity?
Kikujiro Fukushima, documenting 'Japan's Lies' for 6 decades
Toshio Yamada and Factelier’s Mission to Revive Japan’s Struggling Apparel Factories
The story of TYO and the TOKYO GIGANTIC GIRLS project
Online Retailer WITHOUT MONEY SALE Challenges the Myth
The calico cat that saved the ailing railroad
What was the US Media Giant Looking to Pick Up?
Settled in barely two months, the sale is largest acquisition of a foreign publisher in Japanese history
PayPal announces its Japan strategy
Reflections on the ‘Let’s Dance’ movement and the future of night culture
Sony’s DIY development kit, ‘MESH’, goes on general sale in the US
Toshiyasu Nagao, Director of Earthquake Prediction Research Center, Tokai University
Built by a Mother Who Lost Her Daughter to Childhood Cancer
Government expenditure and fiscal consolidation; can you have it both ways?
“I want to bring robots and people closer together,” says next-generation engineer
“Oxbridge Graduates Now” - CEO of Nippon Craft Beer Shiro Yamada
Looking For a New Comic Book to Read? The Concierge Will Find the Perfect One For You
Broadcast in the UK, ‘Ninja Warrior’ muscles attention from around Europe
Exploring Murakami’s world
Define true beauty with this Japanese landscaping board game
Looking beyond the “intentional pause”
VOCALOID Opera AOI, a harmony that transcends time and space
How the foreign workforce could help women shed their heavy domestic burdens and flourish in the working world
Hosoo of Kyoto – from decaying industry to cutting edge
For centuries, Tōkeiji has defied gangsters and powerful warlords to protect women
The Nostalgic-yet-New World of Soichi Terada’s “Technofolk”
Why Taco Bell Was Just the First Wave
Is it time to amend the constitution for the first time in 70 years?
Takayuki Imaizumi and the Story of His “Fictional Cartography”
Japan-born “Hana Mochi” proves to be a huge success. Hopes for the Banana Milkflavor to follow suit
Fashion Designer Ryōta Murakami Partners With His Mother, Creates Revolutionary Brand
Gyazo Screenshot Service’s New Search Function Tops Ten Million Monthly Users
Nao Fukuda Creates an “After-Hours Club” for Adults Raised on Pop Culture
Independent games gain followings through Niconico Douga commentary videos. Now, even film adaptations are in the offing.
Immersive ‘slow videos’ without commentary
But can you bring yourself to eat them?
Available only in Japanese and loaded with cultural inside jokes, the surprise international hit draws 40% of its players from overseas
Tips by ‘Just Bento’ site owner, Makiko Ito
Approved by NASA: Former Japanese South Pole expedition member now set for Mars
One of the Last Three Painters to Paint in “Sento,” Japanese Public Baths
Interview with Yuka Fujii from Famarry, a photo-wedding service provider in Japan
The cleverness of the speech writer who choreographed the Abe Speech
Shizuo Nishida, 78, and His Weekly 10-Hour Journey
Why I set up a course that takes a serious look at one of the country’s most overlooked problems
How Japan Fell in Love with the Legendary Snack Food
What Does the Tokyo Insider Have that Others Don’t ?
Who is Yassan, GPS Drawing Artist?
Bonsai, the Japanese traditional art of botanical beauty, continues to attract fans abroad
Government’s changing attitude influencing bidding conditions
Modern beach sandal inspired by ancient footwear
A Smartphone Game Quietly Reinvents Public Space
How the western instrument took root
“It’s a part of the body, it’s not shameful”
Atmoph, A Company Founded by Two Former Nintendo Developers, Launches a Kickstarter Campaign for Its Innovative New Product
An amusement park where you can sample ramen from all across Japan
Driven by YouTube and word of mouth, the smartphone game grabbed children’s heart
Exploring Murakami’s world
The Hit Products of Industry “Heretic,” White Rose
The Low-Cost Device Can Monitor Water Content in Soil
A caffeine alternative with centuries-old history
Sub-Mediocre Robo-Sumo Takes the World by Storm!
Fove has reached its Kickstarter goal as of 6:47 pm JST on Friday, May 22, just three days into its 45-day campaign
Who will ultimately take responsibility for the construction of the New National Stadium Japan?
Osamu Uchida, Lifelong Supporter of World-Famous Musicians
The Tokyo Olympics has Japan’s tourism sector abuzz!
‘Jidaigeki’ creators looking for best mix of old, new
Uniqlo isn’t the only retailer on a winning streak!
The “Glitch Embroidery” of Nukeme, Fab-Generation Fashion Designer
Telecoms giant will step up investment in overseas tech start-ups
The Yankees weren’t the only team he turned down
A Japanese tradition of maintaining fine tools
How a wise warrior weaponized plants
Will the new platform prove to be Japan’s answer to Soundcloud or Bandcamp?
Ichiro Sekiguchi talks about his life’s passion
An 8-Bit Composer in Nintendo’s Homeland
Its international operations chief talks about a recipe for success
The artist behind the evolution in ‘kamon’ icons
Sony develops e-paper watch while keeping brand identity under wraps
Chatei Hatou, James Freeman's favorite kissaten
An interview with Tak Miyata of Scrum Ventures
20-year-old fascinated by technology
A must see for DRAGONBALL fans and NARUTO fans!
Where everything is awesome and nothing makes sense
For a limited time! Must see for “NARUTO” fans!
The Story of a Man Who Created a Robot after Being Hospitalized
Industrial designer Kenji Ekuan’s achievements
A U.S.-based journalist’s perspective on “Japanese robot development”
Why do Chinese people shop for watches in Japan?
Headbang, a magazine with a mission, showcases a miracle born from the fusion of pop idol character and metal credibility
The Unique Gourmet Spot Sees an Influx of Foreign Tourists
The trend of the new generation moving on from US
Ujicha tea makers show us how it’s really done
Why more than 900,000 people a year make Hato Bus their guide to the Tokyo sights
Can an origami studio in New York provide a model for finding traction?
Japanese IoT startup Nain envisions “communication in a second”
Modernization and ‘cultural authenticity’
But How Does it Differ From iemo, Japan’s User-generated Content Site About Interior Design?
Creating Life Changing Experience Through Travel
An evolving volunteer project triggered by the Fukushima Disaster
The “40-year operating limit on nuclear power plants” is a product of politics and public sentiment, not science and technology
Yonomori, Tomioka, Five Springs Later
Tackling information overload with the philosophy “less is more”
Japanese companies should face the local voters
Sadō lessons from Hanque Tanida, founder of Kyūtō-Ryū Sadō
The secret history of Koji fungus
Restaurant finder app Retty receives its biggest investment to date
Ugoita Electronics Workshop
The junior high school student who made “Terrible Playing by Ear” videos turns professional in six years
Exploring Murakami's world
Live2D’s CEO hopes his software will help to create works like Kurosawa films
A businessman-turned-monk spreading the goodness of slow meals
Interview with Takeshi Idezawa, CEO
A Shibuya bar owner's viewpoint along with record shop recommendations
Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition begins its second season. What are the results of a half-year of work with no concern for making money?
Bodies in 8-Bit: The Art of Ichitarō Suzuki
VAIO brand’s first smartphone “VAIO Phone” has been released with attractiveness of its brand, elegant design and reasonable fees outweighing midrange specs
Experts point out the plant's cultural significance
“Laxus,” an app that you can rent designer bags such as LOUIS VUITTON and GUCCI for 6,800 yen per month
What makes Fuchico so popular?
Container-style buildings aiming for the ultimate level of efficiency
The craftsmanship behind the ubiquitous food replicas
Interview with Kensuke Sembo
Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto considers the “ideal faith”
The Ghibli Museum, brought to you by Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki
Nintendo and DeNA form capital and business alliance in plan to bring casual gamers to dedicated games systems
An essay on Hatsune Miku by music writer Tomonori Shiba
Interview with CEO Chiyo Nomura
A 1200 year old tradition to drive away bad luck
Local Recommendations from Design and Innovation Firm IDEO Tokyo
Kaken Pharmaceutical’s full-year profit plan is almost achieved in the third quarter
Exploring Murakami’s world
The architecture of Shigeru Ban in disaster-hit areas
X Ben, a next-gen lunch box powered by intuitive technology
Japanese Illustrator, Fujichoco
Powerful messages from Tohoku artist
Interview with Dave McClure
“Ability not Disability”
A must-visit for all cat lovers!
Following their success with ShogiWars, HEROZ enters the realm of backgammon and chess
Scholar’s project first of its kind in Japan
The Vine team’s visit to Japan - An interview about the split with Twitter video and monetization
Photographer Atsuko Maehata explores the legacies of modernization
A park layered with different histories
Legality or happiness: Which is more important?
Aiming for Supercell and King
Former actor dreams of a ‘worldwide Japanese coffee brand’
Tonko Studio's 'The Dam Keeper' nominated for Best Animated Short Film
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, talks to us about the future of the company
Exploring Murakami’s world
Advancing science and technology for global happiness
Amayagido: why don’t I have a favorite piece among my work?
Japanese Student turns easy-to-get material into art
When did the Japanese start sitting down and washing their backsides?
Unfazed by missiles, Kentaro Sakakibara aims to bridge countries
A British CEO of a long established Urushi company shares his thoughts
An old cafe connecting new people
A paper maché inspired by the father of Zen Buddhism
A typeface to meet the demand of the times
Discussing rights in a cafe atmosphere
The success story of a reinvented Ryokan
Interview with AgIC, Shinya Shimizu
Interview with VITRO, Akichika Tanaka
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 model and singer, 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.
How to Learn about Creativity and Expression in Today’s Information-Based Society
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?
Defining fear: How fear differs in Japan and the US
The key to spirit training through Zen
Everything you need to know about Japanese knives
Dragonball senzu beans in the works?
Translator Motoyuki Shibata Discusses Contemporary Japanese Fiction