Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

How 7-Elevens Are Becoming Lifelines for Japan's Elderly

Convenience stores and the country’s housing agency are teaming up to serve the aging population.

Tomoyuki Tanaka

An X-Ray View of Tokyo's Complex Architecture

Tomoyuki Tanaka renders the intricacies of some of the world’s busiest train stations by hand.

Adrian Hogan

360-Degree Views of Japan, on the Side of a Coffee Cup

An illustrator’s panoramic drawings capture intimate, local scenes from around Tokyo.

@calacademy/Robin Agarwal

Invasive Asian Sea Slugs Are Discovered in San Francisco for the First Time

Dendronotus orientalis nudibranchs likely hitched a ride to California in ballast water.

Sam Polcer

Portraits of Stylish Cyclists and Their Beloved Bikes

Sam Polcer’s portraits celebrate cool riders around the world.

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Why Tokyo Is Home to So Many Cyclists But So Few Bike Lanes

A new Streetfilms video offers some compelling explanations.

REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan Might Change All Its Stop Signs for Confused Foreigners

It still prefers triangles even though the world uses octagons.

Flickr/Tim Brennan

Owl Cafes Are Officially a Terrifying, Awesome Thing

Move over, kitties.

Fanny Chu

25 Tasty Japanese Snacks

Other than ramen.

Toru Hanai / Reuters

Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.


6 City Instagram Accounts to Follow

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Coming Soon to America: One Fare Card for All Transit

It’s working in other parts of the world, so what’s the holdup in the U.S.?

Raphael Desrosiers / Flickr

10-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Safer—and Still Move Plenty of Cars

The case against 12-foot lanes in cities, in 3 charts.

Wally Gobetz / Flickr

The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.

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Soon You'll Need a Parking Spot Before You Can Buy a Car in Beijing

Officials expect the plan to reduce congestion in the crowded city.

Erieta Attali

A Japanese Architect Has Turned Old Ethernet Cables Into Restaurant Decor

There's something decidedly sci-fi and apocalyptic about what Kengo Kuma has served up.

Library of Congress

It's Always Cherry Blossom Season in These Exquisite Japanese Woodblock Prints

Summer festivals, fall foliage, and snow also make an appearance in this Library of Congress collection.

Reuters / Danish Siddiqui

Your Credit Card Is Now Your Fare Card on the Mumbai Metro

Adoption of similar mass transit technology in the U.S. may not be far off.