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Emperor Akihito of Japan becomes the first in living memory, indeed in centuries, to abdicate from the throne, bringing the 30-year Heisei Era to a close. His son, Crown prince Naruhito, will formally ascend to the throne at midnight tonight, marking the beginning of the new Reiwa Era.
This cartoon is a gentle dig at the tradition of Japanese employees being "wedded" to their company for life. "Shushinkoyo" is a term that means lifetime employment, but this is becoming increasingly rare, especially for younger generations of workers.
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There's no better way to declare your love for Japanese style than with a beautiful satin sukajan jacket.
These bomber jackets, with their characteristic images of dragons and tigers, are a staple of street fashion in Japan. Read more...
Japan is already beginning to gear up for perhaps the most spectacularly beautiful part of the year. Hanami season is when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom across the country and people head out in their millions to celebrate.
Their presence is fleeting, which only adds to the romantic notion that they represent the beauty and impermanence of life itself. Read more...
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