New all-in-one bus terminal opens at Tokyo's Shinjuku Station

Apr 4, 2016

New all-in-one bus terminal opens at Tokyo's Shinjuku Station

A new transportation hub consolidating all 19 bus stations around JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo opened Monday to streamline services and reduce congestion in the area. The Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, called Busta Shinjuku in Japanese, is the busiest transport hub in the country, ...

Japan's professional video game sector advances to next level

Mar 31, 2016

Japan's professional video game sector advances to next level

The Japan eSports Association, which promotes the competitive playing of video games, is nudging the sector toward professional status. A nationwide tournament this month and the first-ever issuing of athlete visas to two gamers on Wednesday point to its growing recognition. JeSPA uses the ...

Anti-groping badges distributed at stations in Tokyo, Osaka

Mar 25, 2016

Anti-groping badges distributed at stations in Tokyo, Osaka

Volunteers from an Osaka-based group handed out almost 500 badges to commuters on Friday morning in the JR Shibuya Station area in a bid to help prevent young female school girls and college and university students from being groped inside train cars. The badges ...

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Mar 19, 2016

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Commuting to and from work during peak hours in Tokyo can be an utterly soul-destroying experience. With passengers jammed in like sardines in a can, the suffocating conditions on many trains can elevate stress levels and cause tempers to fray. Given the sheer number ...

'Yasuda Yukihiko: A Retrospective'

Mar 15, 2016

'Yasuda Yukihiko: A Retrospective'

A leading artist of the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) revival, Yukihiko Yasuda (1884-1978) brought elegant lines, clear tones and minimal structure to nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings.

'Paris Haute Couture: The Only Gown in the World'

Mar 8, 2016

'Paris Haute Couture: The Only Gown in the World'

March 4-May 22 Haute couture — high-end clothing produced by leading fashion houses — originated in Paris during the late 19th century when dresses were either homemade or order-made. Only design houses approved by La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne could describe their ...