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 | 1 year, 8 months 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 | 1 year, 8 months 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 | 1 year, 8 months 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 | 1 year, 8 months 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 | 1 year, 8 months 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 | 1 year, 8 months ago | 0 comments

A look into Japan's springtime

Halfway between winter and spring equinox, the plum flowers will start to blossom across Japan. The 88th day of spring marks the first day of tea leaf picking for a new season, and the leaves of th...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 8 months ago | 2 comments

Teaching in Japan: An Ode to School Lunch

When the bell rings after 4th period, it’s time for lunch.

I need to bring my brimming tray from the staffroom to the class I’m eating with today. A whirlwind of activity threatens my careful ascen...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 8 months ago | 2 comments

Japan’s wild, creative Harajuku street style is dead. Long live Uniqlo

To hear photographer Shoichi Aoki describe it, what killed Tokyo’s famous Harajuku style was basically what happens when a glut of factories set up shop at the head of a river that feeds vital wate...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 9 months ago | 1 comment

Bald Men Club of Japan hold competition - to celebrate baldness

Members of the city's Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup, which is attached to a single red rope, to each of their heads. Both sides then at...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 9 months ago | 1 comment


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