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Lexus Releases a Luxury Randoseru School Bag and More!

Randoseru is the iconic Japanese school bag which can often be seen sported by elementary school children. The bags are sturdy and large, and they are used to store books and stationery to bring to school. You may even see them sported in comic books such as Doraemon. Just recently, Lexus released this new and…

Furoshiki Shoes: Wrappable, Comfortable and fashionable!!

Like many other things in Japan, ‘furoshiki’(風呂敷) has survived many centuries. Literally translated meaning ‘bath cloth’, it almost went forgotten after WW2. jp.fotolia.com/ Since the convenient bag/wrapping/decoration cloth got mostly replaced by plastic bags, it only experienced a revival in the new millennium with Japanese artists modernising it and trying to get back to old…

New Standardized Symbols To Help Foreigners Understand Toilets In Time For The Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics event is fast approaching in Japan, and a huge influx of foreigners is expected as the event draws near. Some major problems that visitors may face in visiting the country include the language barrier and cultural differences. Another factor is the use of toilets. Toilets in Japan are generally more elaborate…

Check Out This Japanese Motor Company That Gives Famous Cars a Retro Makeover!

There are lots of car models available in the market that look exotic and attract any type of gearhead. In Japan, you would see plenty of international and popular car brands such as Toyota and Honda, among others. These Japanese car companies are notable for their original, slick, and interesting coachbuilding or engine designs. Not…

Have You Seen These 2 Interesting-Looking “Inspection Trains” in Japan?

We have already seen or heard about some trains in Japan that either look different or are equipped with extraordinary facilities. Be it the Panda Train, the Genbi Shinkansen, and whatnot, they are all running to give passengers an unforgettable ride. However, did you know that there are a bunch of trains whose sole purpose…

Did You Know That the World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper Will Be Built in Tokyo?

The world’s tallest free-standing tower, Tokyo Skytree, can be found in Japan. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the tallest wooden skyscraper in the world is also proposed to be built in the area. The plan has already been unveiled by Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that provides a stable supply of…

What Is The “Otaku Coin” and Why Should Anime Fans Be Excited About It?

Are you an anime fan? If so, then you might love the concept of “Otaku Coin” which is scheduled to be released in Japan in the summer of 2018. The anime industry in Japan has been recently declining, and in hopes of preserving it, Tokyo Otaku Mode designed a digital currency that will provide benefits…

What Can This Cute Robotic Dog From Sony Japan Do?

2018 is considered to be the “Year of the Dog,” and coincidentally, it’s also the year that Sony Corporation decided to release the new version of their Artificial Intelligence Robot dog, or “aibo,” after going on hiatus in 2006. aibo is said to be the most sophisticated product to be introduced in the robotics market…

Want to Be Among the First Few to Ride Japan’s Newest Bullet Train? Here’s How!

Did you know that Japanese bullet trains (Shinkansen) go on trial runs before becoming fully operational? Usually, it takes a lot of time to develop a bullet train and there are a lot of demonstrations that include quality checks, speed tests, and more. What if someone gave you an opportunity to participate in a maglev…