Mao Kobayashi's message to BBC

Freelance announcer Mao Kobayashi, who died on Thursday after suffering from cancer, left behind an essay dedicated to the BBC. The British public broadcaster in 2016 put her on its list of 100 inf...

posted by  Tanuki | 4 days, 9 hours ago | 0 comments

Three Tokyo youths arrested for cork hunting, everyone else learns what cork hunting is

There’s a whole world of stuff going on that most people aren’t aware of.

On 19 June it was announced that three teens were arrested for the robbery and assault of a 20-year-old man. The victim was...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 5 days, 19 hours ago | 1 comment

Masahiro Kikuno, Japanese Independent Watchmaker

Despite being just 33 years old, Masahiro Kikuno makes wristwatches by hand in a rigorously traditional manner, inspired by the craftsmen who built wadokei, or traditional Japanese clocks, in the 1...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 5 days, 23 hours ago | 0 comments

Parts of Atomic Bomb Dome recovered from river

Parts of a landmark building severely damaged by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 have been recovered from a nearby river.

An employee of Hiroshima University, Rebun Kayo, has been salvaging...

posted by  Tanuki | 6 days, 9 hours ago | 0 comments

Akihabara's Tokyo Anime Center will be Closed on July 18

Tokyo Anime Center, an exhibition facility located on the fourth floor of the Akihabara UDX building, has announced that it will be closed on July 18 due to expiration of contract with the building...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 days, 18 hours ago | 2 comments

Nokogiriyama: A Hike to Hell (And Back)

Located in the Boso Peninsula in Chiba, Nokogiriyama (aka Sawtooth Mountain) is a relatively easy hike, with a lot more than a view to reward you at the top. With two giant Buddhas, over 1500 arhat...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 days, 18 hours ago | 1 comment

Lives in limbo: Why Japan accepts so few refugees

People from all around the world seek asylum in Japan, but just 28 were accepted in 2016.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 week ago | 2 comments

A smoke-free Tokyo as an Olympic legacy

To enforce or not to enforce a comprehensive indoor smoking ban is the question facing Japan as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In response to an agreement between the In...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 week ago | 1 comment

The Eerie Humanoid Driftwood Sculptures of Nagato Iwasaki

Artist Nagato Iwasaki‘s lifelike driftwood sculptures are perfect examples of the uncanny valley — the feelings of revulsion and uneasiness one experiences from non-human objects that appear a bit ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 week ago | 1 comment

Disrupting Japan Podcast #91: Startups Are Not the Future of Innovation in Japan

We talk a lot about Japanese startups on this show and the role they will play in shaping Japan’s economic future.

Well, today we are going to look at this from a different angle; one that puts the...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 week ago | 1 comment


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