Tokyo and Hong Kong in 2018

Tokyo is insanely clean, feels sadly old but still futuristic. Many face masks on people, the coolest sounds and faces on objects, lots of weird pervy elements and it's so enormous that it messes w...

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A Kimono for Each Country

A project is underway to create kimonos representing the participating countries for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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An in-depth tour of Nikon’s Hikari Glass factory

The Hikari factory is in northern Japan, in Akita Prefecture, just a little south and east of the capital city of Akita itself. Akita is on the western coast of Japan, so the prevailing winds blow ...

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Denim Koi

Carp streamers featuring printed denim patterns are flying in Kurashiki City, the denim capital of Japan.

The streamers were made by a blue jeans company and a carp streamer maker in Okayama Prefec...

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Gundam Base Tokyo: A Tour For Fans By A Fan

Gundam is a nearly 40-year-old franchise of animated TV shows, movies, comics, and video games from Japan. Each piece of media centers around a teen pilot who must pilot an enormous (and super cool...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 days, 13 hours ago | 0 comments

Tokyo looks to challenge Japan's conformism by becoming innovation hub

Tokyo is vying to become an innovation hub for entrepreneurs and investors, challenging Japan’s reputation as an environment that fails to nurture entrepreneurship, and a new nonprofit organization...

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Japan's Alpine sightseeing route featuring 17-meter snow walls opens

A sightseeing route running through the Tateyama mountain range in central Japan's Northern Alps opened Monday, offering views at one point of snow walls as tall as 17 meters each side of the road....

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The Sprawling Legacy of Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli

Isao Takahata, a master of Japanese animation who co-founded the beloved animation house Studio Ghibli with fellow titan Hayao Miyazaki, died following a battle with lung cancer at the Teikyo Unive...

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A Tremendous Supply of Rare Earth Metals Is Sitting in Japanese Waters

Certain so-called “rare-earth” metals are vital to modern manufacturing and technology. Applications range from lasers and magnets to ceramic capacitors, oxidative agents, high-temperature supercon...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 days, 14 hours ago | 0 comments

What Isle of Dogs Gets Right About Japan

A week ago, I saw Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” or “Inu-ga-shima.” I saw it as someone who, upon hearing that name, is forcibly reminded of Oni-ga-shima, the isle of demons where Peach Boy, a hero...

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