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Why Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain Announcement Was a Great Power Move

On April 27th, The Oriental Land Company surprised everyone with the announcement that they would give Tokyo Disneyland’s popular Space Mountain ride and Tomorrowland a new modern look. Space Mountain will close in 2024 and reopen three years later at an estimated cost of 56 billion yen (about 429 million dollars with the current yen…

The World Has Been Criticizing Japan, and That’s a Good Thing

Over the past week, many articles and posts on social media repudiated one of the most controversial rules some Japanese schools imposed: banning ponytails. The backlash is not only directed at the rule itself, but also at the reason behind it after a former teacher named Sugiyama Motoki, who has always criticized these rules, mentioned…

Tokyo to Finally Abolish Ridiculous School Rules

Some of the most ridiculous and controversial rules enforced in schools across Tokyo will finally come to an end, or at least an end of sorts, during the 2022 academic year. It all began in April 2021, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education started investigating rules that were deemed questionable and unnecessary, finding out…

Tokyo To See New Subway Line Extensions

Tokyo, one of the cities with the best transportation system in the world, has not seen a new extension to its subway system since the Fukutoshin Line opened in 2008 to alleviate congestion on the JR Sakyu Line, but that is about to change soon. After many years of planning that started with different proposals…

Nihonbashi’s New Facelift

Nihonbashi is Tokyo’s primeval commercial district, and while Nihonbashi is no longer the center of commerce it once was with places like Marunouci and Otemachi becoming the city’s most important financial districts, and places like Ginza, Omotesando, Roppongi, Shibuya, and Shinjuku offering among the best and most extravagant shopping experiences in Tokyo, Nihombashi has retained…

Live in Shinjuku for 99 Yen a Month!

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most popular and expensive wards, but now, there is a property with rent so low that it defies anything else Tokyo has ever seen: A small, 10 square-meter apartment (yes, in Tokyo every meter counts!) close to Shin-Okubo Station will be available for an astonishingly low 99 yen per month.…

Why Are Universal Studios Japan’s News A Big Deal?

USJ (Universal Studios Japan) took the world by surprise by announcing an expansion to its Super Nintendo World area. Super Nintendo World opened in early 2021 to much fanfare, and less than one year after its opening, USJ announced that they would construct a Donkey Kong land adjacent to Super Mario Bros one. The area…

Japanese YouTuber Sparks Outrage Over Anti-Homeless Comments

A Japanese YouTuber who calls himself a “mentalist” failed to see how his heinous comments about the homeless would blow up in his face. YouTuber DaiGo shared various comments in a livestream on August 7, 2021 where he stated that he didn’t “pay taxes for it to go to paying for people on welfare,” adding…

Saying Goodbye to Two Architectural Icons

Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Japan’s seismic activity and the high costs of maintaining older buildings usually mean that developers prefer demolishing buildings and erect new ones. This has of course also resulted in a problem for Tokyo, which continuously struggles to maintain its heritage. After already losing some of its most iconic gems in…

The Olympics No One Wants

The Asahi Shimbun is one of the most prestigious and widely circulated newspapers in Japan. The Asahi Shimbun is also an official partner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and it decided to join the many voices that are critical of the Olympics. Now, the Asahi Shimbun is calling for the games to be cancelled. The…