Tokyo boasts one of the most extensive subway systems in the world but it didn’t happen overnight. For more than a century now, Tokyo has been expanding, rebuilding, and even abandoning some…

While Christianity officially arrived in Japan with Portuguese traders in the 1540s, Aomori legend says that Jesus himself is buried in the mountain village of Shingo. Ancient documents unearthed, and subsequently lost, in the 1930s purportedly…

The long dark nights of Japan winters lend themselves nicely to sitting around the kotatsu with some hot winter food and the occasional bottle of sake. Nowadays there are also a good…

One of Tokyo’s most beloved event halls and networking spaces, Tokyo Kaikan, will reopen on January 8, 2019, after being rebuilt and undergoing a thorough design overhaul. The hall boasts an illustrious…

If you’re looking for the best arcades in Japan, you’ll probably be pointed to the Taito and SEGA centers in Akihabara. While great in their own right, they’re safe, if not boring,…

When a city is as vast and complex as Tokyo, it can be hard for first-time tourists and even regular visitors to feel like they’ve truly gotten to know the city’s best…

This year saw the third installment of the annual Tokyo Comic Con. Held in Makuhari Messe, Chiba, the convention of all things related to pop culture, technology, and entertainment is something of…

Recently a Chinese kindergarten made headlines when the principal decided it would be a good idea to hire professional pole dancers for their welcome event. This cringe fest resulted in that particular…

“My goal is to show girls around the world that we can do anything we want,” says pint-sized Sky Brown, the Miyazaki native who at 10 years old is already a veteran…

The first thing you’re apt to notice about Monaka is that she’s only got one eye, but don’t let that scare you. She runs Monster Party, a concept café near Tokyo’s otaku…

“You must eliminate Black Max and rescue the scientist,” says the severe looking agent on the TV screen. I have been invited into the world of espionage at InSPYre, an escape room…

The Japanese language is rich with poetic words which carry a deep meaning. One of them is kira kira, which can be used to describe beautiful memories. These are the exact words I…