Cultural cachet, licensing deals, and density explain why Toys ‘R’ Us, Tower Records, Barneys, and other faded U.S. retailers remain big across the Pacific.
Facing declining birthrates and rural depopulation, hundreds of “marginal villages” could vanish in a few decades. But some small towns are fighting back.
The famous example of Japanese Metabolist architecture was headed for demolition—but a reprieve may be on the horizon.
If guidebooks aren’t your thing, check out these stories to learn about the cities you’re visiting next.
A UCLA study says that bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka helped reduce housing prices. Would that work for San Francisco and Los Angeles?
When one side isn't reserved for walkers, it saves time for everyone. But transit users around the world just can’t be convinced.
In Tokyo, new technology matches expectant mothers looking for a seat with passengers willing to give theirs up.
If you must dress up as Wario for a go-kart tour of Tokyo, please be safe.
Small towns across Japan are on the verge of collapse. Whether they can do so gracefully has consequences for societies around the globe.
A new report assesses how Tokyo’s infrastructure affects residents’ emotional well-being, offering lessons for other cities.
Stickers with QR codes are just one innovation in a multi-pronged plan to serve the aging population.
Convenience stores and the country’s housing agency are teaming up to serve the aging population.
Tomoyuki Tanaka renders the intricacies of some of the world’s busiest train stations by hand.
An illustrator’s panoramic drawings capture intimate, local scenes from around Tokyo.
Dendronotus orientalis nudibranchs likely hitched a ride to California in ballast water.
Sam Polcer’s portraits celebrate cool riders around the world.
A new Streetfilms video offers some compelling explanations.
It still prefers triangles even though the world uses octagons.
Move over, kitties.
Other than ramen.