The Yayoi Kusama Museum in Waseda holds exhibitions of the illustrious Japanese artist’s work, displaying both fan favorites and new additions in all of their glory across the museum’s five floors. In…

For visitors to Japan, kissaten (Japanese coffee shops) have always held a mysterious allure, especially in areas like Jimbocho. For the locals, however, kissaten often invoked images of cluttered rooms, ancient yellowed…

Often translated to “melon bread,” this Japanese bakery staple comes in various forms and sizes. It’s also almost never infused with melon flavorings. Far from being a fanciful, homegrown creation, there’s a…

With Japan’s varied regional climates there are always beautiful flowers blooming. Despite the cherry blossoms often stealing the show, other Japanese flowers are also both beautiful and steeped in history and culture.…

Raised in the US and Japan and a graduate of the University of the Arts London and Chelsea College of Art & Design in England, Mayumi Yamase, currently a resident of Tokyo,…

Omurice is one of the most delicious and popular dishes of yoshoku, or Western-influenced Japanese cuisine. Ketchup fried rice is mixed with chicken and vegetables, then encased in a delicately cooked omelet,…

Since the 1950s, Japanese singers and songwriters have inserted random English words into their tracks to give them a Westernized feel and appeal to the masses. The tables have recently turned, however,…

“I became unable to sleep or eat. I couldn’t stop tears from falling,” says Plusbase co-founder Sakura Wim, remembering how she felt when she worked in an emergency room in her first…

I love a good retrospective, one of those large-scale exhibitions that review the entire career of a single artist. Not only can you see how an accomplished creator developed over time, but…

Tokyo Weekender and More Than Music collaborate in a monthly interview series with the diverse musical performers on the Tokyo music scene. For this interview, we caught up with Emergency Oxygen. Don’t miss out…

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic, leading many lifestyles to be overturned. Unlike several countries, Japan didn’t impose strict lockdowns on its citizens. However, it did declare several…

One of the brightest and most forthright musicians in Japan, Akiko Urasaki isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. And that’s exactly what the Okinawan rapper does on her new album…