Few cults have left as nightmarish a legacy as Aum Shinrikyo in Japan. A doomsday group led by near-blind yogi Shoko Asahara, it unleashed a deadly sarin gas attack on Tokyo subway…

In the first news roundup of the year, we report on the tiger attack at Nasu Safari Park in Tochigi Prefecture. There’s the latest on the Omicron variant as cases surge nationwide,…

No trip to Japan, even if it’s your second or third time, is complete without a stop in Kyoto. As travel returns to Asia over the next few years, the ancient capital…

There has never been a better time to get into Japanese books. 2022 is ripe with newly translated gems of both contemporary and classic authors, as well as works originally written in…

The year begins with a few beloved venues and attractions closing their doors forever. This includes places surrounding the the Odaiba entertainment complex Palette Town such as Zepp Tokyo, Venus Fort and…

From Covid to Kei Komuro, 2021 was better than 2020 perhaps, but not without its controversies. Here are the key moments that made the headlines in Japan this year. Arson Attack Kills…

When one foreign official recently had the gall to call Japan’s new border policies “flexible,” I presumed he had taken leave of his senses. Rather, the “eased” rules have saddled hopeful arrivals…

Is Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop (2021) a faithful adaptation of the 1998 anime? No. Absolutely not. It mostly looks the part but with all the things it gets wrong, the set pieces and…

Knife attacks appear to be on the rise in Japan. The latest incident involved a 14-year-old boy who stabbed to death a fellow student at a school in Aichi Prefecture. The crime occurred…

In this week’s news roundup we have the latest on the disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai. There’s yet another individual award for Shohei Ohtani and a crucial win for Japan in their…

Issues around imperial succession have been in the news of late and much of the commentary has convinced me we are failing as a species. In case you missed it: Princess Mako,…

Every November publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha announces 30 contenders for the buzzword of the year in Japan. Unsurprisingly, the 2021 list is dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Olympics. There are…