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How an Angry Man Revolutionized the Modern Sushi Industry

Kisaku Suzuki, creator of the world’s first sushi robot, once ran a company that made candy-wrapping machines. And he was angry.<p>Why had the Japanese …

Japan

Gachapon: Tracing the evolution of Japan’s colorful toy capsules

Where else but Japan could you buy a miniature version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” figure crouching over a squat toilet, horror-struck? It’s one …

Edvard Munch

'Pokémon GO' Debuts New Raid Bosses That May Expand Outward After Yokohama

<i>Pokémon GO</i> may not be holding any global special events right now, but they are making their way around the world for specific events in different locations. Last month it was Chicaog, last week it was Europe, this week it’s Yokohama in Japan where the players there are seeing rare spawns like an …

Pokémon

House in Hiroshima, Japan by Kazunori Fujimoto Architects

The team of Kazunori Fujimoto Architects has designed a modern concrete house in Hiroshima, Japan.Completed in 2016 by the team of Kazunori Fujimoto …

Hiroshima

Rising Sun: 12 Best Japanese Denim Brands

The story of denim is about as American as it gets. A Bavarian immigrant found a way to make pants strong enough to withstand the rigors of mining in …

The Japanese Cat Train Everyone's Talking About Right Meow

Now when you stare plaintively out a train window, you can do it with a cat butting its head against you.<p>Japan is combining it love of trains, bento …

The truth about Japanese tempura

When 16th-Century Portuguese came to Japan, they brought a special dish with them. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.<p>In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up …

Japan

Three Made-In-Japan Denim Brands You Need To Know

Here at MR PORTER, we’re well aware that different items of clothing, like different brands of washing-up liquid, come packaged with various …

Pikachu McFlurry Coming To McDonald's Japan

Kim and Kanye Take Tokyo For The Rapper's 40th Birthday Celebration

The birthday blowout continues in Japan.<p>Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are turning the rapper's 40th birthday into a globe-trotting celebration. The couple first jetted off to the Bahamas with their family (North and Saint included) to ring in Kanye's June 8th birthday. And now, they're in Tokyo, …

Link About It: Airbnb + Go Hasegawa's Cedar House in Yoshino, Japan

In Japan's Nara prefecture, the rural town of Yoshino now plays host to a community-run Cedar House, available on Airbnb. Designed by the accommodation service's studio (known as Samara) and Tokyo-based architect Go Hasegawa, the building was constructed by local foresters, woodcutters and …

Car Catapults Over Median Into Tour Bus In Horrifying Fatal Crash

A doctor driving what looks like a Mazda hatchback in Japan somehow launched his car over a divider and directly into a tour bus, killing himself and …

Tokyo Brings Its Weirdest And Wildest Cars Into This Parking Garage

Read any travel guide to Tokyo and they’ll say the same thing: make a trip to Akihabara. Known as Tokyo’s “electric city,” Akihabara is …

14 Million People Watched a Japanese Boxing Champ Fight Four Fans

A gangster, a school teacher, a YouTuber, and a club host all fought ex-world champion Koki Kameda in hope of ¥10million jackpot.<p>In April, upstart Japanese online entertainment platform AbemaTV announced they would pit former three-weight world boxing champion Koki Kameda against four members of …

Boxing

An unassuming Tokyo enclave is having its moment

TOKYO: On a recent weeknight at Ahiru Store, a gastro/wine bar in the Tomigaya neighbourhood of Tokyo, the seven guests lucky enough to grab a spot …

This origami vending machine is blowing our paper-loving minds

Origami, as you know, is the magical art of paper-folding. If you’ve ever attempted it by flipping through a manual and folding away, you know just …

Why a bag of chips was selling for $12 in Japan

A poor harvest season is biting into snack shelves in Japan.<p>On Monday, April 10, Calbee announced that it would temporarily discontinue the sale of 15 varieties of potato chips. The snack maker reeled back supply in light of typhoons and flooding that destroyed the crops in Hokkaido last August. …

Japan

5 MASSIVE Portion Restaurants only for $10 in Tokyo

Try Japanese “Food Challenges” with ramen and sashimi!!<p>Do you think an amount of dishes served by Japanese restaurants is not enough for you? It’s …

The torture of Tokyo rush hour, up close and impersonal

The Odakyu Odawara Line carries one-and-a-half million people across Tokyo every single day.It starts in the suburbs southwest of the city and …

Hong Kong

This Parking Lot In Tokyo Will Bring All Your Car Fantasies To Life

Bright lights, loud noises, and old meeting new. Tokyo is all those things, and the same can be said about its Tatsumi Parking Area. Perhaps one of …

Japan

Japan’s Hitachino Beer & Wagyu Opens First U.S. Location in SF

Chef Noriyuki Sugie from Hitachi, Japan recently opened a new restaurant in Lower Nob Hill based on Kappo, a Japanese style of eating focused on …

Japan

4 Cool and Unusual Used Cameras Found in Tokyo

Japanese camera manufacturers dominate the digital photography landscape, so it might come as a surprise that the used film camera market is also …

Cameras

Japan’s first color trademarks go to a humble pencil eraser and a convenience store chain

From Tiffany & Co.’s robin’s-egg blue to Coca-Cola’s red, it’s common for global brands to license signature colors to protect their visual identity. Japan has recently embraced this idea and is now granting trademarks for combinations of colors associated with commercial products and services.<p>In a …

Tiffany & Co

Going From Bond Girl to ‘a Normal Life’

HAKONE, Japan — In 1967, Mie Hama was Hollywood’s newest sex symbol. That year, the 23-year-old Japanese film star appeared alongside Sean Connery in the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice,” playing 007’s bikini-clad bride, Kissy Suzuki. She was also featured in Playboy, which proclaimed her …

Japan

Follow Us to 10 Modern Homes in Tokyo - Dwell

Balancing traditional and modern aesthetics, space is always at a premium and although many Tokyoites live and commute from the stereotypical "rabbit hutch" apartments found throughout the metropolis, a lucky few live in oasis-like modern abodes discreetly tucked away in residential Tokyo …

Architecture

The Japanese island with lightest, fluffiest snow known to humankind

The northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is renowned for having vast quantities of the lightest, fluffiest snow known to humankind. In its snowiest years, resorts such as Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano can receive up to 17m of the white stuff. To put that in perspective, the annual average of perennial …

Skiing

The Eater Guide to Tokyo

Tokyo is the food paradise that every city hopes to become: where Jiro dreams of sushi, where ramen demands noisy slurping, where cocktails taste best 40 floors above the ground. Everything great about modern dining right this second, from masterful daily staples in brisk cafes to intricately …