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Crazy about ramen: Documentary charts love of Japanese noodles

Updated on  February 22, 2018 at 12:12 am
Why are Japanese people hooked on ramen? A new documentary aiming to offer global audiences insight into the passion behind this inexpensive dish was screened at film festivals in seven countries prior to its Japan premiere last month. Read More

New Japanese radar to spot small space debris

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will start developing a new high-efficiency radar system in 2018 to monitor space debris as small as about 4 inches, as part of its efforts to avoid collisions between debris and artificial satellites, according to sources. Read More

Toto hopes to clean up with self-cleaning toilets

With the 2020 Olympics in mind, leading Japanese toilet-maker Toto has recently introduced a new self-cleaning toilet for public restrooms, aiming to improve bathroom experiences for locals and foreign visitors to Japan. Read More

Stationery museum has the write stuff

Updated on  February 15, 2018 at 12:16 am
The Nihon Bungu Shiryokan (Japan Stationery Museum) displays about 600 stationery items from throughout the ages. Read More

‘Strange cafe’ opens in Shibuya

Robots are waiting to serve coffee and other beverages at the Henna Cafe, which means Strange Cafe, that opened Feb. 1 at the Shibuya Modi commercial building in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward. Read More

Higashiizu Festival

Girls wearing kimono look at colorful hanging decorations at a hall in the Inatori district of Higashiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Read More

Summer flowers studied for Tokyo Olympics

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 12:14 am
Tokyo is searching for flowers that will be in bloom at Olympic time. Read More

Photo studios offer a portal into the past

Updated on  January 25, 2018 at 12:25 am
Studios where visitors can have themselves photographed in costumes of samurai warriors or high-ranking courtesans are becoming increasingly popular. Read More

Above it all

Updated on  January 25, 2018 at 12:23 am
A boat looks as if it is hovering over the sea around Otsuki, Kochi Prefecture. Read More

Japan’s Currency Museum traces history of money

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm
From giant stones to gold and silver coins, the Currency Museum details the history of money in Japan. Read More

Karate hoping to make mark at Tokyo Games

Japan hopes to strike Olympic gold in Karate, one of five new sports in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Read More

Tree that survived 2011 tsunami cut down

A ceremony was held at the end of 2017 to cut down a Japanese black pine tree called “Kashima no Ipponmatsu,” the lone survivor of a forest in, Fukushima Prefecture, that was struck by the tsunami following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Read More