When the Covid-19 pandemic started last year, one of the keywords bouncing around was 自粛 (jishuku; self-restraint). People were asked to refrain from going outside (外出自粛; gaishutsu jishuku) for the greater good.…

It’s springtime, and barrel-loads of new Japanese singles have come out over the past few months. Indeed, far too many barrel-loads to reasonably fit into a single introduction; so instead, I’ll dive…

In my quest to brush up and expand my very basic Japanese with only the help of electronic devices, I today stop by an old acquaintance. Though WaniKani isn’t officially what most…

A year back, when everyone was sheltering in place and rediscovering their hobbies, Manami Sasaki won the hearts of Instagram with her too-pretty-to-eat toast art. Her second post of a sand Zen…

What makes Tokyo stand apart from other fashion capitals in the world are its ritziest shopping streets, luxurious department stores, opulent boutiques, and the snazzy outlet malls offering one-of-a-kind pieces that can…

Tokyo Weekender’s series TW Creatives features various works by Japan-based writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators and other creatives in a bid to provide one additional platform for them to exhibit their talent. The works submitted…

In February 2017, Tokyo-based photographer RK was exploring the secondhand shops of Akihabara when he spotted an elderly man tending his photography shop, which was bursting with equipment, yet perfectly organized. RK…

Forty years ago this month, Suwa Seikosha employee Yukio Yokozawa received a patent for inventing the first-ever laptop-sized notebook PC. Featuring an LCD screen, full-size keyboard, built-in rechargeable batteries and a printer,…

Zane Carney’s new album Alter Ego is the album to listen to when you miss hanging with your friends. It’s for times when you spend 20 minutes replying to an email only to…

There are few books with the power to lure me back time and time again. Few whose covers, once slammed shut with a sense of satisfaction and finality, whisper sweet nothings from…

This May, the IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra will embark on a four-concert tour of Japan, performing in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya and Yokohama. The orchestra will be led by its Artistic Director, Tomomi Nishimoto…

When thinking of Japanese fashion in 2021, you might imagine Harajuku lolita dresses, Shibuya’s cool streetwear or the luxury brands of Ginza. Today, Tokyo streets are colored with style but this wasn’t always…