Kite Flying Event

Kite fanciers in central Japan are hard at work crafting giant kites in preparation for traditional aerial battles across a local river. The June event dates back more than 300 years.

Members of a ...

posted by  Tanuki | 2 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments

Plans for Kyushu ‘spamusement park’ progress after campaign raises necessary funds

A city in Kyushu that hosts one of the world’s largest hot-spring resorts has said it will open an amusement park this summer with a hot-tub merry-go-round and other bathing-themed rides following ...

posted by  Tanuki | 2 months, 4 weeks ago | 2 comments

US court rules against soldier, returns baby to Okinawa mom

Child abduction has long been a concern for U.S. servicemembers and some in Congress, who initially called on Tokyo to ratify the Hague Convention and have since called for tougher enforcement with...

posted by  Yubi | 3 months ago | 1 comment

Tokyo outlines plans for English Village

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has unveiled an outline of a facility designed to boost young people's communication skills in the English language.

The Tokyo government is planning to open the e...

posted by  Tanuki | 3 months ago | 2 comments

Govt. to set monthly maximum overtime hours

Japanese business and labor leaders are close to a final agreement on limiting worker's overtime hours.

The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, and the country's largest labor organization, Re...

posted by  Yubi | 3 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments

TimeBank: Community Volunteering in Japan

This novel concept of time banking is Japan’s way of promoting self-sufficiency among its aging population, while keeping seniors active. The scheme also allays the fears of those who feel embarras...

posted by  Yubi | 3 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Fox Village In Japan

Apparently, Japan is covered in magical and irresistibly cute animal sanctuaries. We’ve heard about the bunny island and cat island, but there’s also a fox village, where six different species of f...

posted by  Yubi | 3 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Courier Services in Japan

I have seen that courier service workers are really busy these days, because of the increase of online shopping. Some of them stop the vehicles and then run with the packages, so that they can meet...

posted by  Yubi | 3 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Bidocoro lacquerware toilet brings traditional Japanese crafts into the lavatory

Japan is famous for its toilets. Japan is also famous for its crafts. So why not combine the two? Well, someone did.

Japanese toilets are somewhat renowned for their technology ingenuity, from the ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 3 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

How attitudes to fitness are changing in Japan

Way back in 2008, Japanese people literally went bananas over a new diet centered around the yellow fruit. Dreamed up by a pharmacist in Osaka, within weeks of the Morning Banana Diet’s debut, sale...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 3 months, 4 weeks ago | 0 comments


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