Shorter pieces shedding light on the creativity underlying Japanese culture and technology and on lives and lifestyles in Japan.

Cooking Up Enjoyment

Delicious food has always been a source of joy. When people gather around an exquisitely prepared meal, it leads to new encounters and shared pleasure. This series looks at some of the culinary ways Japanese people are connecting with the outside world.

Women Uncorking Wine’s Potential in Japan
Tying the Cultural Knot in the Kitchen: Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine
World’s Top Chefs Work Wonders with Japanese Ingredients

Other reports

Ozu Yasujirō: New Discoveries in the Half-Century Since His Passing

December 12, 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ozu Yasujirō, and the 50th anniversary of his death. He was a director who hugely influenced prominent filmmakers around the world, and continues to be revered internationally. This special feature encourages us to enjoy and (re)discover Ozu's cinematic world.

The Artistic World of Ozu Yasujirō on Display in Tokyo
Tokyo Story in Moscow: Bringing Ozu to the World
In Search of Ozu Yasujirō

Matsuri Days (5): Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival ―the biggest event of its kind in Asia―is an annual celebration of snow and ice. Nippon.com traveled to Sapporo in February 2014 to cover the event held in the city’s Ōdori Park. A record 2.4 million visitors flocked to the festival this year to see the impressive snow and ice sculptures on display, which included frozen creations by teams from within Japan and overseas.

The Sapporo Snow Festival Heats Up Winter in Hokkaidō (Video)

“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.

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

Celebrating the World’s Comic Creations

On November 18, 2012, the Foreign Comic Festival took place in Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition center. Japan’s manga are known around the world, but the cultural streams flow both ways, and comic artists from Europe, North America, and Asia are making their presences felt in Japan too, bringing about new waves in the global manga/comic scene.

“Blacksad” Comic Series Wins Fans in Japan
Comic Connections: Urasawa Naoki Talks with Top European Artists
Emmanuel Lepage: Bringing Something New to BDs
Manga Giant Ōtomo Katsuhiro Meets His European Counterparts
Manga: Not Just in Japan

The Renewable Outlook in Japan

Japanese interest in renewable energy sources is on the rise. A major reason is the popular desire to get away from nuclear power in the post-3/11 age, but moves to diversify Japan’s energy mix were underway even before the disaster. In this series we take a look at the renewable picture in Japan today.

Offshore Wind Power Promises to Boost Fukushima Recovery
Hopeful Signs: Renewable Energy from Geothermal and Solar Power
Building a Floating Wind Farm Off the Fukushima Coast
Rice Paddy Power: Harnessing Microbial Energy
The Promise of Kinetic Power Generation
Five Things to Know About Energy in Japan

Video highlights

バナーエリア2
  • From the editor in chief
  • From our columnists
  • In the news