Japan

Scenes From the World's Tallest Tower

The Skytree debuts in Tokyo.

Tokyo's Solar-Powered 'Fireflies'

The city's Hotaru festival uses LED bulbs designed to mimic the light of the insects that once “gemmed” the Sumida River. 

Need More Office Space? Just Stick Some in the Alley

Could offices that clamp onto larger buildings or wander across town be the wave of the future?

Maybe What Your City Needs Is a Ridiculous Fuzzy-Suited Mascot

In the municipal mascot department, it seems that North America can't compete with Asia.

The Most Desolate City on Earth: Gunkanjima, aka 'Battleship Island'

This abandoned coal mine off of Nagasaki would be a wicked place to have a paintball match.

Postcard From Nagoya

A sister city sibling rivalry and more news from Nagoya, Japan.

Postcard From Kanagawa

A nifty house with a folding floor, and more news.

Why Women-Only Transit Options Have Caught On

In Japan, groping on crowded trains is so common, young women seek refuge in cars where men aren't allowed.

Tokyo’s Backup Plan

Japan is contemplating building a 'backup' city to take over the government if Tokyo is ever destroyed

Why Tokyo's Privately Owned Rail Systems Work So Well

Large cities with cash-strapped transit agencies would do well to study Japan's rail history

Blank-Slate City Rebuilding in Japan

Proposed bill would allow purchase of large areas for city redevelopment