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Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age

It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Read More

Photo: All together now

Visitors admire Buddhist statues at the Sanjusangendo temple hall in Kyoto, where all the temple’s 1,001 standing Senju Kannon statues have been placed together for the first time in 26 years. Read More

Car museum’s toilets popular on social media

The Motorcar Museum of Japan is gaining much attention on social media, not for the cars it displays, but for the imported toilet bowls in use in its restrooms. Read More

Visitors pay added tax on Kyoto hotel stays

The Kyoto city government began levying a tax last month on stays at hotels and other accommodations, seeking to capitalize on a surge in foreign tourists to support the city’s finances. Read More

Tokyo Skytree to launch open-air tours

Tokyo Skytree tower in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, started offering guided tours on Oct. 23 on an open-air terrace offering views of the Tokyo skyline. Read More

Photo: Bald Ambition

A tournament in Tsuruta, Japan, pits bald men pulling on a string attached to their foreheads with suction cups. Read More

Japan museum highlights memories of Siberia detention

Visitors are captivated by its beautiful vistas, shrines, hotsprings and museum. Read More

Endangered butterflies find sanctuary in Tokyo

The Adachi Park of Living Things, a biological park in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, has implemented a project to help an endangered species of butterfly reproduce. Read More

Tokyo startup looks to launch world’s first artificial meteor shower

It was literally an out-of-this-world idea that seemed infeasible when it struck her nearly two decades ago: made-to-order shooting stars. But Lena Okajima’s audacious project to reproduce nature’s fireworks for mass entertainment is getting ready for takeoff. Read More


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