Do You Know These 2 Unique Music Genres That Originated From Japan?

We all know that Japanese pop culture has a strong influence on the world – be it J-pop, anime, manga, and whatnot. When it comes to Japanese music, we tend to only remember J-pop as it appears the most on TV and radio. However, there are a few genres which are not mainstream but are…

An Artificial Intelligent Chatbot for Customers is Coming to a Hotel in Osaka

Japan is known to be one of the world leaders in technological advancement. It has been developing information technology and robotics through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a number of years. Now, a new type of AI will be experienced in the Japanese hotel Holiday Inn Osaka Namba (ホリデーイン大阪難波). Guest experiences are expected…

Why Did The Capital Of Japan Move From Kyoto To Tokyo?

Kyoto is one of the oldest cities in Japan and was the capital for more than a millennium after its inception in 794 A.D. It was only after the Meiji Restoration (明治維新), around 1868, that the Royal Family moved out of Kyoto into their new imperial home in Tokyo. As they moved to Edo (江戸;…

Which AKB Star Has Been Voted the Most Popular for the 3rd Year Running?

If you’re a fan of AKB48 then you probably know the idol who’s currently in the number 1 position. Her name is Rino Sashihara (指原莉乃). She has managed to cling onto the top position for the third year straight. Her popularity is based on a poll that is conducted periodically. The recent poll conducted on…

How Significant Are Karakuri Puppets in Japan’s Robotic Industry Today?

Japan is known for its deep passion for robots. Though this may seem strange to outsiders, this fascination is nothing new. One of these robots is a traditional mechanized puppet known as “Karakuri Ningyo (からくり人形)” or Japan’s clockwork puppets. Their history is deeply rooted in the interaction between Western technology and Eastern philosophy to the…

Do You Know What the Ultimate ‘Ekiden’ or Relay Race in Japan Is?

Have you ever run long distance for days from one city to another? Do you watch relays or cross country races often? There is a Japanese term that has gotten into the English vocabulary called “ekiden (駅伝),” which was initially used to refer to stagecoaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, “ekiden”…

5 Japanese Live Action Anime Adaptations You Have to See in 2017

2017 started strong with a whole new array of films set to impress, touch, inspire, and make us admire the movie industry once again. But if it’s about live action adaptations of some of the most notable anime (アニメ) series we all come to love, there’s Japan that makes sure she owns the spotlight. In…

What Is This Traditional Japanese Form of Poetry Called “Shigin”?

Shigin (詩吟) is a form of art in which a person recites a Japanese or Chinese poem in the Japanese language by chanting. This is done in front of a large audience, a few friends, or even to one’s self. It has a rich history and is often practiced by the elderly rather than the…

It’s Becoming Easier for Koreans to Travel in Japan With This New App

Kakao Inc is a tech company based in Seoul, South Korea, and is well-known for its most famous instant messaging application called KaTalk, or KakaoTalk. Kakao is the number one mobile communication app in South Korea, and has expanded to 15 other countries, including Japan. It can be compared to Japan’s LINE app, which is…

Is This Proposed Skyscraper in Tokyo Bay Going to Be the Tallest in the World?

Forget the Empire State Building, Shanghai Tower, Taipei 101, and even Burj Khalifa, Tokyo is all set to build the tallest building on the planet by 2045. It is going to be built on an artificial archipelago in Tokyo Bay (東京湾) and will be named as the “Sky Mile Tower.” Its height is going to…
Page 4 of 162...23456...