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“Purikura”: Photos with FriendsJapan Glances

Purikura booths are places to take photos with friends or family members. Users can apply the latest technologies to make creative adjustments and improvements.

2016: The Winning WordsThis Year in Staff

Kamitteru, or “godlike,” topped this year’s finalists to be recognized as the word of the year for 2016. Other selections in the 10-strong finalist pool shed light on the economy, current events, and celebrity romances and scandals that left an impact on Japanese news-watchers—and their vocabularies—over the past year.

Timeline for November 2016Japan Timeline

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō meets with US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, Mifune Toshirō receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Japanese peacekeepers get an expanded mandate in South Sudan. These are the main news stories of November 2016.

Float Festivals Inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Heritage ListJapan Data

On November 30, UNESCO selected 33 Japanese festivals for its list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity at an intergovernmental committee meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A Place for Older Koreans: Memories PlusAging in Japan and Across AsiaKim Sung-won

Jongno, Seoul, is home to a rich array of support services for the senior citizens who gather there. One such establishment is Memories Plus, which, with support from the private sector, offers patrons inexpensive refreshments and a place to relax. The success Memories Plus has found encouraging interaction between its patrons and creating employment for older residents is attracting attention.

The Japanese Tea CeremonyJapan Glances

Sadō, also known as chadō or chanoyu, is Japan’s austere rite of tea. Although its origins lie in Chinese Zen ritual, over centuries the ceremony developed into a distinct Japanese form combining native culture, including art, ikebana flower arranging, and haute kaiseki cuisine.

The Words of 2016This Year in Staff

Once again, the publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha has selected the nominees for its “Words of the Year” award. Learn about these 30 terms that help to show how the Japanese saw the year that will soon be finished.

As Regions Age, Shopping Centers Strive to AdaptAging in Japan and Across AsiaKawamura Keitarō

“Shuttered shopping districts” are on the rise across Japan as aged storekeepers with no successors are forced to close down instead. The city of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture has managed to rebuild its community and revitalize its shopping district by supporting new stores opened by returnees and new arrivals to the city.

Bicycle Rental in JapanJapan Glances

Cycling is a good way to explore a little further afield than traveling on foot. In Japan, there are many bicycle rental services available, especially around tourist spots.

Japan’s First “Karōshi” White PaperJapan Data

On October 7, the Japanese government published its first karōshi white paper, assessing the problem of death by overwork. It reveals that at one in five companies, employees risk seriously damaging their health by doing over 80 hours overtime per month.

Timeline for October 2016Japan Timeline

Ōsumi Yoshinori wins a Nobel Prize, a powerful earthquake rocks Tottori, and the oldest member of the imperial family passes away. Read on to learn what happened in Japan in October 2016.

Rushing to the Altar: International Newlyweds Set Out as ParentsSketches of International Marriage

In the first installment of our series on international marriage we sit down with Canadian and Japanese couple Corey and Ryō Procopio. The newlyweds share their hopes and fears about work, family, and a new life together as they set off down the road as both spouses and new parents.

Fomenting Filial Piety amid Changing Lifestyles in ChinaAging in Japan and Across AsiaWan Yi

Gathering to celebrate the Spring Festival (lunar new year) and other celebrations as a family is a longstanding Chinese tradition, but an increasing number of people in major cities do not go home for the holidays at all. The Chinese Law on Protection of the Rights and Interest of the Elderly aims to halt this trend and promote filial piety by making regular visits to parents a legal obligation, but will this strategy succeed?

“Bentō”Japan Glances

Bentō lunches are Japanese meals that can be enjoyed anywhere. Different regions have their own specialties, aimed particularly at rail travelers.

Tokyo Game Show 2016: The Dawn of the VR Era?Happening in Japan

A roundup of some of the games drawing most interest at one of the world’s biggest game shows.

Filial Piety Obligatory in a Dramatically Aging Chinese SocietyAging in Japan and Across AsiaWan Yi

The duty of grown children to “support and assist their parents” is written into the Chinese Constitution. The idea has deep roots in Chinese culture; in fact, an ancient saying holds that filial piety is preeminent among virtues. However, as demographic trends in China mirror those seen in Japan, the aging of the Chinese population is driving major changes in the context in which filial piety is performed and even in views on what constitutes a happy household and other value systems.

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