Japanese Life & Culture

Miso-Curry-Milk Ramen!?

Now, here's a new entry in Ramen culture and some say it's cool and others claim one ingredient too many.

September 12, 2015 at 5:46 pm

"Blue-Eyed Doll" in Japan Found Her Name: Betty

Thousands of blue-eyed dolls did arrive as Japanese Friendship Dolls a.k.a. Japanese Ambassador Dolls.

September 10, 2015 at 10:48 am

Walking Child on a Lead? New Nurturing Trends in Japan

A 37-years-old mother in Setagaya, Tokyo, was spotted walking her 2-year-old child, her second son, on a lead to a nearby grocery store.

September 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Ann Landers Come Alive in Tokyo: "Should I have another baby or not?"

Advice columns are popular everywhere but none as popular as Ask Ann Landers in 50's-60's in the US.

September 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm

"Beckoning Cat" for Stationmaster in Japan

Running a station "Kishi" in the Wakayama Electric Railways "Kishigawa LIne" is a cat - yes, a cat named Tama 2nd serving the station in the capacity of Stationmaster.

September 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

A-Bombed Piano That Remembers THE DAY of Hiroshima

A Piano tuner in Hiroshima Mitsunori Yagawa, 63, had an aged piano donated to him by a local musician.

September 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Exhibition "Mt. Fuji - Faith and Art" in September-November

The prefectures of Yamanashi and Shizuoka, the home of Mt. Fuji, are planning a memorable exhibition of cultural properties related to Mt. Fuji at the prefectural art museums, September 5 through November 30, 2015.

September 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Samurai Sword Dance in Kyoto Attracting Foreign Visitors

The world's largest "word-of-mouth" tourist information site "Trip Adviser" announced last June to add to their List of 20 Most Popular Sightseeing Spots for Foreigners in Japan another entertainment "Samurai Kembu Theater (Samurai Sword Dance Theater)".

September 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm

"No Trouble, Lady. Babies Cry for Good Reasons..", Heartwarming Story Went Viral

A witty bus driver eased embarrassment of a mother with a crying baby and nerves of his passengers with his few tender words.

September 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

"Charlotte" for a Monkey?

Now, you recall Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born on May 2, this year and the world greeted Her Royal Highness.

September 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

20-Year Japanese Spinal Cord Injury Patient Stands Atop Mt. Fuji

At 8:30 a.m. September 1 a 20-year college student Hiroto Sugihara, a spinal cord injury patient, made it to the top of Mt. Fuji (3776m) with the help of a cane in his hand

September 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

How About Grasshopper Sauce to Tune Up Your Steak?

A certain Mr. Hiroto Tanaka of Kinokawashi , Wakayama has developed a sauce from locusts that tastes like soy-sauce and even better, according to a famed TV cooking master.

August 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Andaz Tokyo to provide Special Sweets Menu for Halloween

Limited time offer of Halloween weekend branch can be enjoyed at the Andaz tavern lounge on 24th (Sat), 25th (Sun) and 31st (Sat) of October

August 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

Dance to the Headphones: Bon Odori

Now, down in the town of Ohta, Aichi, there was a group kimono-clad people one evening dancing in what appeared to be a Bon Odori without a single note of music!

August 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Sea Otter near Extinction: Only 15 in Aquariums in Japan

Japan's aquariums are short of sea otters, only 15 of them in total, due, for one, to the US trade embargo and also to the overall ageing of sea otters.