Katsura Sunshine made an immediate impression on me. His happy-go-lucky energy was tangible even through a computer screen; there wasn’t a moment that I didn’t mirror his wide smile. A naturally gifted…

As far as pandemic-related stay-at-home hobbies go, I wasn’t able to get on the sourdough train, predominantly due to an unhappy gluten allergy. But where I lost out in delicious homemade carbs,…

Hakone is a popular and relatively accessible weekend destination for many Tokyoites. While tourism has noticeably slowed down during the Covid-19 pandemic, this town remains one of our favorite locations for a quick…

If there’s one thing that can be said about Takashi Shimizu, it’s that he finds what works for him and he sticks to it. After the success of his Ju-On (The Grudge)…

Emperor Naruhito turns 61 today and to mark the occasion we thought we’d take a look at the life and times of Japan’s 126th monarch. 1. Naruhito was the first royal to…

The weather is warming up and with it the compulsion to explore and discover. Luckily, Tokyo obliges with numerous anniversaries this final February weekend, including our favorite samurai and children’s book characters.…

Yoshiro Mori has resigned from his position as Tokyo Olympics organizing committee head for his recent sexist remarks. For successor, he appointed a man a year older than him, the former head…

Winter is a blessing for those who love snow and skiing. A winter ski vacation in Japan means picturesque views of glistening slopes, powdery soft snow, and incredible illuminations as a bonus.…

Several years ago, Kyoto was at a crossroads as the city pushed to adapt to the influx of foreign tourists. The sometimes-difficult process of pivoting to the needs of visitors over the…

Asian beauty trends have carved a respected place in the global beauty industry with product formulas and cosmetic rituals that can take one’s skincare game to whole new levels. Whether it’s the…

Multitalented artist Yuki Matsuda brings an extra sharp edge to Lakeside Museum in Ichihara city, the feature of this issue’s cover shoot. A member of the electronic music duo Young Juvenile Youth, Matsuda attracted…

In between musings on cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, and frogs jumping in ponds, Japan’s literary greats also wrote about romantic love. These poetic flashes of romance are not always obvious, with haiku…