Shorter pieces shedding light on the creativity underlying Japanese culture and technology and on lives and lifestyles in Japan.
- What’s Next on the Ghibli Storyboard?
Less than three years after Miyazaki Hayao announced that The Wind Rises (2013) would be his last feature animated film, the legendary director and animator is quietly at work on a new project. Studio Ghibli producer and chairman Suzuki Toshio, Miyazaki’s longtime collaborator, offers a tantalizing glimpse of the studio’s near- and long-term future as it grapples with the challenges of a new era. In the meantime, fans will have ample opportunity this summer to immerse themselves in the world of Studio Ghibli with the opening of the Ghibli Expo in Tokyo and a special exhibit, All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest, at the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka.
Ghibli Museum, Mitaka (Photo Gallery)
Adults Also Welcome on the Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest
Ghibli Expo: Three Decades of Studio Ghibli Films
What’s Up at Studio Ghibli? Catching Up with Producer Suzuki Toshio
- Frights and Fun at Japan’s Haunted Houses
Gomi Hirofumi is a pioneering producer of haunted houses, whose creations have thrilled and terrified audiences up and down the country. Enter a world of fear and let a cooling shiver run down your spine as the summer ghost season heats up.
- Insider’s Guide to Shintō Shrines
Amid all the change that has swept Japanese society in modern times, the position of the Shintō shrine remains rock-solid. There is always something drawing local residents to the neighborhood shrine, whether it be an annual celebration like New Year’s Day or just the hope of warding off bad luck. Foreign tourists also feel the pull of these hallowed spots, which somehow instill a sense of awe in even the most casual visitor. Through images and words, this series offers information and insights that will challenge your preconceptions and make your own shrine visit that much more meaningful.
- Japan’s Rail Network
Japan is a railfan’s delight, boasting not only leading-edge technologies like those featured in the Shinkansen and the maglev but also an increasing number of unique rail services in localities around the country.
“Dragon Quest” Theme Rings Out on Shibuya Trains (Video)
Tokyo’s New Restaurant Train Offers Haute Cuisine on Wheels
Kyoto Railway Museum (Photo Gallery)
Kyoto Railway Museum: A Showcase of Japan’s Rail Heritage
- “Cool Traditions” Stay in Tune with Modern Life
Traditional art forms and aesthetics can be infused with new creativity as they are passed along from generation to generation. This series looks at some of these “cool traditions” that remain relevant by perfectly suiting contemporary sensibilities.
Tsuchiya Bag and the Art of the “Randoseru”: The Making of a Timeless Backpack
“Randoseru” Backpacks Shed Childish Image as They Win Global Fans
Craftsman Robert Soanes: Restorer of Samurai Armor
Fireworks by “Hanabishi” Masters Blossom in the Night Sky
Modern-day Artisans Carry On the “Ukiyo-e” Tradition
Glorious Fireworks Color the Autumn Sky
Ukiyo-e Prints Reflect the Popular Culture of Edo
Ōmagari Fireworks Bedazzle the World
Shunga: Japanese Erotic Art Takes London by Storm
Mining the Past for New Gold: Artist Yamaguchi Akira
Bonsai: Nature in the Palm of Your Hand
- Learning and Loving the Japanese Language
Some 4 million people are studying Japanese around the world. Whether you’re an anime and manga fan who wants to get closer to the real thing, a lover of arts, crafts, and other traditional culture, or a person who wants to live in Japan or work at a Japanese company, there are many reasons to learn. In this series we present diverse approaches to the language and stories from those who have tackled it successfully.
- Contemporary Culture Going Global
Japan’s pop culture is making inroads in overseas populations and product markets and populations. As seen in this section, this is often on the strength of its creators’ dedication to careful craftsmanship, rather than due to a calculated global marketing strategy.
Bending Metal: Marty Friedman Takes on the Babymetal Invasion
The Manga City Where Japan’s Spirits Dwell
Farewell, Naruto: The Curtain Closes on the World’s Best-Loved Ninja
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s J-Pop “Kawaii” in Paris
Manga Artist Brings Bushidō Spirit to France
French Manga Fans Inspire the Work of Tsutsui Tetsuya
“Anime” and “Manga” Take Root in China
Decoding the Charm of Japanese Video Games (Part Two)
A Soccer Hero Adored Around the World
Decoding the Charm of Japanese Video Games (Part One)
Lasting Popularity for a Tough Watch
If It’s Not “Kawaii,” How Can It Be Smart?
Rokkaku Ayako: An Artist with the World at Her Fingertips
- Japanese Approaches to an Eco-Life
As one way to help preserve the environment, many Japanese today are looking to the past, seeking inspiration in traditional cultural aspects like reverence for nature or taking careful care of things to extend their useful lives. Their ecologically friendly lifestyles hint at ways to safeguard the health of the global environment for future generations.
Lessons from the Bees: The Rooftop Hives of Central Tokyo
Keeping Mount Fuji at the Peak of Beauty
Cooking Up a Do-It-Yourself Lifestyle
Saving Electricity to Save Yen
(Re)Built to Last
A Breezy Style of Green Urban Living
- Visiting Japan’s Remote Communities
There is more to Japan than huge cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Some would say that the best of the country can be found in tiny villages far from the urban centers. While battling depopulation, the hardy residents live their lives, largely forgotten by the rest of the nation. Nippon.com journeys to discover Japan’s timeless mountain and island communities.
- "Bentō": A Feast for the Eyes and Stomach
Bentō, or box meals, contain a fine balance of rice and other dishes, carefully thought out down to the colors and layout of the food. The bentō eaten in Japan include homemade meals, those sold at convenience stores, and the luxurious variety offered by upscale Japanese restaurants. Explore the fun of bentō for insights into Japanese food culture.