5th October - 11th October
Cute, red self-driving delivery robot marks first test on the road. Although it looks more like a coin-operated children's ride, Japan Post are looking to get the DeliRo robot onto the streets in 2021. Check it out on Kyodo News
Explore Japan's zero-waste town, Kamikatsu, on your next trip to the country. Situated on the island of Shikoku, the town now runs an academy that helps educate others on how to modify social systems and habits in order to eliminate waste. TimeOut Tokyo has the full story
Japanese leaf carving artist will leave you stunned with their incredibly detailed scenes. The artist says that they make a positive use of their ADHD biased concentration and commitment to make such minute and beautiful art. Check out their Instagram here.
21st September - 27th September
Baseball is back: One of our Tour Leaders experienced live sport for the first time since its restart in Japan with a trip to see Tokyo's Yakult Swallows. Rob found that while it obviously wasn't the same as before, a large part of the excitement and crowd participation remained, particularly helped by the Swallows' fans' longstanding tradition of umbrella-waving to support their team! Maybe this will catch on with other teams and sports as fans are allowed back in to stadiums!
Steamy ramen mask uses foggy glasses, rather than trying to clear them. Animator and artist initially tried to solve the problem glasses-wearers worldwide are facing when also wearing masks - how much their spectacles fog up! When he found that his task was an impossible one, he decided to have some fun and use the fog for an art piece instead. Check out the impressive-looking mask on Japan Today
7th September - 13th September
Japanese woman football star joins men's team, saying she was inspired by American Megan Rapinoe's fight for gender equality in sport. Read more about her story on Japan Today
Anti-coronavirus cat mascot patrols the streets of Tokyo giving out free masks. Okay, so we know this one's still about coronavirus, but we still challenge you not to smile when you see 'Koronon' on Tokyo TimeOut's story.
New anime and manga-styled drain covers light-up in the dark in Tokorozawa, Tokyo. Following the success of the Pokemon drain covers, these glowing installations are the latest bit of floor art in Japan. Check them out on TimeOut Tokyo here
31st August - 6th September
Sushi train (including chefs) can now be brought to your own kitchen! Kappa Sushi, a leading chain 'kaiten' sushi restaurant in Japan is offering a home conveyor belt service for customers, including a conveyor belt, plates, sushi, two sushi chefs for two hours. See the full story at SoraNews24
Play against Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka (virtually) at the Nissan Pavilion, Yokohama. Visitors can try to return one of her 200-kph serves with a newly developed technology that shows the path of the serve. For more info see the Yomiuri Shimbun
94-year old Theme Park closes its gates for the last time, in preparation for a "Harry Potter" theme park. While we're sad to see Toshimaen go, we can't wait to have some Harry Potter magic closer to Tokyo! Read more at Reuters
24th August - 30th August
Scream out your stress with some chainsaw wielding zombies
A Japanese company is hoping that this scream-inducing experience will help customers let of a bit of steam after the stresses of coronavirus this past year. During the fifteen minute experience, visitors lie in a coffin and are told a scary story while being poked with fake hands, and sprayed with water. Is this something that appeals to you or something that you'd prefer to keep buried? Click here for the full story (Japan Times)
Ninja Museum has safe stolen
Stealthy 'visitors' to the museum in Mie Prefecture dedicated to the masters of covert operations took off with over 1 million yen ($9,400) in cash from a safe in what was described as a targeted, 'three minute job'. Kyodo News has the full story
Mist clears for glass-wearing mask users
A Japanese glasses shop Eye Craft has teamed up with a menswear designer to create a mask that solves the issue of your glasses fogging up while wearing a mask - a consistent problem for glasses-wearers, particularly in the humid summer of Japan! See the full story on Asahi Shimbun