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Colorful Kindergarten in Japan

Architect Emmanuelle Moureaux is behind a colorful kindergarten in the city of Fukuoka in Japan. The façade is ornamented with 63 trees made with 22 …

Every Year Japanese Art Students Get Together and Make Giant Animals Out of Straw

Since 2008, students from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo have travelled to Niigata City, Japan to create huge sculptures made from straw …

Sculpture

The Japanese obsession with girl bands - explained - BBC Music

At first glance, the Japanese pop scene can be baffling. The music is super-sweet and hyperdynamic, an offshoot of Japan's kawaii culture of cuteness and a literal world away from earnest singers with guitars or scathing rappers with laid-back beats. While there are solo stars and boybands, just as …

Bands

The J-POP Summit Sounds Like a Japanese Food and Pop Culture Explosion

Hold on to your kawaii, because it’s time for the annual J-POP Summit—one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events! The festival, held …

Metro Teamed Up With A YouTube Star For These Wild Etiquette Videos Inspired By J-Pop

They star YouTube personality Anna Akana, and are directed by Mike Diva, who's behind a number of viral videos. [ more › ]

Japan

What's the Difference Between J-Pop and K-Pop?

Though at times they get lumped into the same category, K-Pop (Korean pop), and J-Pop (Japanese pop) are as different from each other as they are …

Bake Store Designed as Factory in Sendai

Conceived by Yota Kakuda, the Japanese store redefines an idea of a bakery. Selling cheese tarts, the store was designed to remind a factory.(...) …

Selling

Colourful house-shaped boxes surround windows at nursery school in northern Japan

Bay windows with colourful house-shaped frames extend from the front of this nursery school in the city of Sendai, which was designed by Tokyo-based …

Disposable Chopsticks May Be Poisonous

<i>Crack!</i><p>Snapping apart those disposable, wooden chopsticks — and hoping that they break evenly without too many splinters — is a familiar ritual before …

How to Eat With Chopsticks

No matter where you happen to be enjoying Asian food in the world, knowing how to eat with chopsticks correctly will come in handy.<p>Having a little …

Uniqlo's Four Secrets for Building a Global Brand

When you work in marketing, it’s hard to fight the temptation to regurgitate promotional spiel in an interview. So it was refreshing to connect with …

Tokyo's 7 Best Menswear Shops

In Tokyo, men’s fashion is taken just as seriously as its feminine counterpart. You’ll rarely see someone slumming it in boring old jeans and a plain …

Apple already being sued for iPhone X’s worst feature

iPhone X has already been hit with its first lawsuit.<p>A Japanese company is suing Apple for allegedly infringing a trademark that covers the word “Animoji.” Apple tried to buy the rights to the name, which it is using for its animated emoji feature in iPhone X, before the handset’s launch.<p>For most …

Debt, old age, stagnation: Japan's economy faces huge challenges

Is Japan's problem-plagued economy finally turning a corner?<p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting it's in good enough shape to help him win a national election on Sunday. But critics say he hasn't done enough to deliver on his promises of an economic revival when he took power nearly five years …

Economics

Japanese Emperor abdication date revealed by government officials in new report

The date will bring an end to Japan’s current Heisei era.In July last year, reports began surfacing that Japan’s <b>Emperor Akihito</b> would be breaking …

Japan

The almost-real world of VR Zone Shinjuku

"KA-ME-HA-ME-HAAAAAAA," my opponent screamed, invoking the name of a powerful -- and fortunately fictional -- energy blast.<p>Then a rush of air blew past me as I ducked to the left, narrowly escaping the Kamehameha's blast.<p>Now it was my turn. I quickly held my hands out, the base of my palms touching …

Travel guide: Japan in 10 days and 5 cities

What can I give my fiance for his birthday? <b>A trip to Japan</b>, why not? This is what our Valentina Ferragni gave her partner Luca. Their trip was <b>about</b> …

U.S. servicemen's hike on Mount Fuji turns into rescue mission, netizens are awed and grateful

The Marine Corps members <b>carried an ill woman for two miles</b> to safety.<p><b>Hiking Mt. Fuji</b>, Japan’s tallest peak at 3,776.24 meters (12,389 feet), is no …

Tokyo's public baths: How to enjoy a sento

<b>(CNN) —</b> Does the thought of getting nude with other people in your local sento, or public bath, raise a smile or make you cringe? Whatever your personal take, the process of bathing in true Japanese form has long been a communal, often social, activity.<p>Even so, it's still one part of traditional …

11 amazing places in Okinawa that you can't miss!!| English version

There are 11 places in Okinawa that you can't miss!<p>1. Scuba Dive in the mysterious Blue Cave<br>2. Experience snorkeling in the Blue Cave<br>3. Enjoy the …

Pre-bomb Hiroshima film released

A 1935 film of Hiroshima featuring a bustling downtown and cherry blossoms was recently restored and released.

Tunneling begins on Japan's first maglev line

Full-fledged construction work began Friday on the nation’s first magnetic levitation train line, with Central Japan Raiway Co. beginning the digging …

In Japan's Aichi prefecture, geek paradise awaits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japan's rise to global tech supremacy is legendary. But few realize where the country's important industrial sectors have some of their deepest roots. That place is Aichi prefecture, west of Tokyo.<p>One of Aichi's biggest claims is a key role in developing the Tokaido Shinkansen, the famed …

Grouper in Japan aquarium likes being petted and having teeth brushed by keeper - ASEAN/East Asia

NAGOYA: Animals in captivity have been known to form close bonds with their keepers, but have you heard of a fish that asks to be petted?<p>A grouper in …

Japan

Japan's first outdoor Legoland park opens in Nagoya

Japan’s first outdoor Legoland park opened in Nagoya on Saturday, raising hopes that more tourists will visit the area and deliver an economic boom …

Japan

Ozeki Takayasu beats Ikioi for first win of Nagoya Basho

Takayasu earned his first win as ozeki on the second day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, overpowering third-ranked maegshira Ikioi on Monday.<p>A …

Japan's ancient art of bonsai threatened by waning interest among youth

Masashi Hirao exudes the calm you'd expect of a bonsai master.<p>He speaks softly and appears to glide — not walk — as he moves around a bonsai tree …

Netflix to Premiere Japanese Animated Series Featuring Toy Bear Rilakkuma

Netflix is set to premiere an original animated series based on Rilakkuma, an extremely popular Japanese toy-bear character in the vein of Hello …

Hello Kitty Shades Give New Meaning to the Cat-Eye Look

Sanrio and Crap Eyewear collaborate on limited-edition sunglasses.<p>Sanrio and Crap Eyewear have taken cat-eye frames to a new level, collaborating on …

Eyewear

Ex-Japan policeman breaks records with Hello Kitty collection

A 67-year-old former policeman with the world’s biggest Hello Kitty collection has become the envy of little girls everywhere with a quarter of a …