What makes the perfect J-pop song? There is a formula, which means you have to be in the box before you can think outside of it.
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Exploring the city’s constant flux — and the cost to its heritage.
Phew takes inspiration from the pandemic and her punk roots on "Vertical KO."
Marihiko Hara creates a sense of coexistence with the piano and electronic sounds on his new album, “Passion.”
Examining the cultural and commercial legacy of Japan’s iconic arcade game on its 40th anniversary.
The rerelease of Takashi Kokubo’s Bauhaus-inspired album from the 1980s is just another sign that ambient music seems to be making a comeback.
Walk into any izakaya in Japan and you’ll always find shichimi spice on the table. But what is it, and why has it remained popular for over three centuries?
Video games Final Fantasy VII Remake and Animal Crossing: New Horizons have engaging storylines, graphics that are worthy of Hollywood and now — a captive audience
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Golden Week has all but been called off. We take a look at the history behind this cluster of national holidays and why its effective cancelation is a big deal.
COVID-19 has put a pause on travel, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan. The Japan Times’ Escape page regulars write about where they want to go in Japan once we see the back of COVID-19.