The Nishikigawa Railway in Iwakuni (Yamaguchi Prefecture) is a local train that runs along the Nishiki River for roughly 33 km, or about 20 miles. Last week, on March 19, the operator opened its newest train station along the line. But the new Seiryū-Miharashi Station is seemingly missing a few key elements of a train station. It has no ticket booth, no entrance and no exit. In fact, it is impossible to even get to, unless you get off there from the train.
The word sayonara is perhaps one of the most globally well-known words from the Japanese language. It’s been co-opted by foreign films, music and other forms of entertainment. But its origin is rooted deeply in the Japanese culture of sontaku: reading between the lines of what is said and what goes unspoken.
The design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch, which will kick off the opening ceremonies next year, was unveiled at a press conference in Tokyo today. Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, it’s form is a nod to one of Japan’s most well-known and beloved symbols: the cherry blossom.
Up until now, Starbucks’ strategy in Kyoto has been to focus on the history and culture of the region, which has resulted in coffee shops are aesthetically true to the local tradition. But with this latest shop, which opens today, the company is highlighting and supporting another side of Kyoto: one that is just as energetic and true.
A friend of mine recently visited Japan for the first time in his life. After the trip he came up to me and told me what he was most impressed with. And it wasn’t the amazing food or the clean bathrooms. It wasn’t the punctual trains or the abundance of cute stationery. It was the workers, and the way each and every one of them took the utmost pride in their work, no matter what the task was. And I was reminded — indeed, the reason why Japanese food is so delicious, and why everything is so clean, is because of the people who pour their soul into these jobs. The Hatarakimono Project is a tribute to these workers; a documentation of the humans behind what makes Japan special.
Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa has created a new immersive installation that just opened in NYC. Spending over 100 hours, Oiwa and his team transformed a blank inflated canvas into a world of swirling, black and white cosmos that visitors can step inside of and explore on their own.
The art of the apology – it’s an integral part of Japanese culture that helps maintain balance and harmony in society. Combining that with kaiju figurines is this brilliant little set of toys that feature the likes of Godzilla and Mechagodzilla apologizing at a press conference, head hanging solemnly, for the destruction they’ve caused.
Eight years ago today, a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan. The artist Fumiaki Aono was living in Sendai at the time and luckily his own home was sparred but other areas received significant damage.
At the Regina Resorts, a chain of boutique hotels in Japan, you’ll find more than a ‘Dogs Welcome’ policy. You’ll find a resort that has been specifically designed and tailored to accommodate our four-legged friends and their human partners. For example, at the Regina Resort Kyu-Karuizawa, one of the more recent locations, everything from the reception area and the dog run to the signage is put in place to cater to doggos.
If you don’t know about the Momo Hoax that has spread globally and caused a whole bunch of uproar over nothing, you can read about it here. But today we wanted to highlight the real victim of the hoax: Keisuke Aiso, the artist who created a sculpture whose image was subsequently misappropriated as the face of the hoax.