On this day 25 years ago, Nintendo released two versions of a role-playing game that would go on to take Japan and the rest of the world by storm. Developed by Game…

Do you struggle to figure out what to have for lunch every day, or do you know exactly what you want days in advance? If you’re the former, you may have a…

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)…

Being in the presence of a rock god — even with strict social distancing measures in place — can be daunting. But with Sugizo, it’s easy. He takes time to remember our…

Have you ever met someone for the first time but felt like you’ve known them forever? Or realized soon after meeting that you two were just meant to be? Then you may…

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…