This year’s phrases run from the words made famous in an Olympic bid to an expression of revenge on a hit TV show. We can look back at the year through the…

Selling out shows around the world doesn’t seem to be enough for the knighted rocker: he’s now sponsoring sumo matches. If you watch the sport at all, you’re probably used to the…

The worlds’ eyes are on you. The hopes of your country are weighing on your shoulders. Your heart is racing and the butterflies in your stomach have traded their wings in for…

After a while living of in Tokyo, the newness can start to fade, but there’s something about it becoming fresh again when you see it through someone else’s eyes. That’s what the…

What do TOKYO SKYTREE and Hokusai’s “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” have in common? “Not much,” you’d probably say. But it turns out that both of these great works, separated by more…

In a time when promiscuity is seemingly promoted by popular culture rather than dissuaded, youth in Japan are going against the tide. More and more Japanese are refraining from engaging in sexual…

At the age of 72, and having spent 5 years on his last film, “The Wind Rises” (Kaze Tachinu), famed Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki will retire. The director stated it would take…

With the annual Bonsai and Greenery Fair in Azabu Juban on our calendars again, we took a look at the artform and some of the most important things to understand about the…

The Shimokitazawa Awaodori dance festival may be much smaller than its infamous Koenji counterpart, held later in August, but its energy levels definitely match up. Shimokitazawa has been undergoing major changes this…

For a weekend only, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum is extending its opening hours and throwing a bit of a party complete with food stalls, paper lanterns, bon odori dancing and taiko drumming…

No yukata? No problem. Rent one of the casual summer kimonos and join this traditional celebration of bon odori. For those not familiar with the Japanese folk dancing performance known as bon…

Japan’s de facto capital between c. 1185 and 1333, Kamakura is one of the country’s most important cultural cities. Less than an hour south of Tokyo, it is also one of the…