On Nov. 1, the latest gem in an ambitious multiphase plan to redevelop the Shibuya area — Shibuya Scramble Square — opened its doors.
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As 2020 approaches, The Japan Times' book reviewers look back at a decade of literature and their favorite and most impactful books written about Japan or by Japanese writers.
Architectural designer Mieko Watanabe on how she designs an inviting hotel space, the challenges of owning her own firm and how everyone can be a little more eco-friendly at home.
Psycholinguistics professor Yuki Hirose on why she can't read your mind, getting children to sit still for academic studies and the qualities she looks for in a mentor.
"Concrete Tokyo Map" outlines the most iconic concrete buildings in Tokyo. Here's The Japan Times' pick of 10 you should definitely visit on an architectural tour of Tokyo.
Although Tokyo has one of the best restaurant scenes in the world, sometimes you'd rather eschew the high-end for simple, nourishing food, the kind you'll find at Tiny Peace Kitchen.
This past year, The High Grounds has covered some of the most innovative coffee in Japan. This final entry in the series is only one fanatic's list of 10 places to get your coffee fix in the capital.
Choral conductor Masatoshi Takami on how he prepares pieces for performance, what surprised him about the American Midwest and which movie has the best soundtrack.
Name: Craig Mod Age: 38 Nationality: American Occupation: Writer Likes: Myōga (Japanese ginger) Dislikes: Mukade (centipedes) 1. What first brought you to Japan? University brought me. Friends, family, walks and a relatively well-functioning socialist layer of society keep me based here. 2. How should people answer the "where are you from" ...
In "Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan," Eiko Maruko Siniawer traces the evolution of Japanese values and aspirations from 1945 to the present through the lense of waste and waste consciousness.