Tsukimi, the season of moon viewing, starts next week in Japan. Learn more about this day's origins, how to make Tsukimi Dumplings, and why the rabbit in the moon is pounding a rice cake.
Why, in a country littered with shrines and temples, does the majority of the population claim to practice no religion? I examine some pet theories on how history and culture have shaped worship (and the lack thereof) in Japan.
What is Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日)? And why do those lucky suckers in Japan get a day off for it?! Emma Ford provides an overview of next week's holiday, including its origins and related cultural myths.
The retirement of Amuro Namie has given us proof that, no matter how "polite" your culture is, the press are pretty much a-holes everywhere.
The life of the legendary cartoonist and essayist Sakura Momoko was one of juxtaposition between traditional and modern Japan. A look back at the creator of Chibi Maruko-chan.
Japan's customer service is world famous, but some Japanese commentators wonder whether the country has gone too far.
In the controversy surrounding the US Open match, let's focus on the positive and laud Osaka Naomi's talent, tact, and sportsmanship.
From toppled trucks to dumpsters and vending machines "driving" down streets, Japanese social media users captured some amazing footage of "Jebi", a.k.a. Typhoon 21.
How do you boost sales of an instant noodle product that's been around for 60 years? Nissin found a way.
Disneyand Japan becomes the latest in a long line of Japanese companies accused of abusing employees.