A fresh start is something everyone can use in 2021 after a year of remote work and oodles of hours spent staying at home. To contribute their support, Japanese fashion brands…

We embark on a private tour of Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Takashi Murakami suite and take a look at the incredible art you’ll find scattered around, from the living room floors to the…

The love of soccer is prevalent around the world and the nostalgia of one’s first game, win or defeat, is etched in many minds. As children we learn a lot from playing…

It’s like a tickle in the brain, when you hear a song for the first time and there’s something that sounds familiar. This is a common occurrence when listening to music, especially…

Pretty sweet treats and Instagram are like vanilla and chocolate swirled together – they are made for each other. Food was one of the first things to be posted on the app,…

Matches may be made in heaven but they must gain recognition on earth. Here in this corner of the world, some couples are waging an uphill battle to gain legal and societal…

Many of us are drawn to Japan from a need to find somewhere to belong. I arrived in Kanto in 2018, after three years in the deep countryside of northern Kyushu. What…

Despite everything going on in the world, there has never been a more exciting time for reading about Japan. New translations and Japan-based books are sprouting forth quicker than the bulbs at…

The same day we meet Sumire Matsubara for our interview, she later shares with her 170,000+ TikTok followers a video of herself performing a choreographed dance to the Justin Timberlake song, “SexyBack,”…

If you’re at a crossroads in life and you’re looking for direction, this week’s idiom may help give some guidance. If you’re sick of feeling like a cog in the machine and…

A domestic hit in the late ’70s that has become an international one four decades later, “Mayonaka no Door: Stay with Me” by the late singer Miki Matsubara is now being re-released on…

Any beauty lover can attest to the fact that nothing beats a trip to your neighborhood beauty store. Smelling Chanel no. 5, sampling the season’s trending lipstick shades or browsing the aisles to…