Japan Trends

Tourists who stay on the Takagaki's farm can pitch in if they feel like it by picking lemons and oranges or sorting the fruit into boxes.

New Japan holidays -- picking oranges, catching fish, no hotels

JTB tangos with Airbnb-type booking site but stays loyal to old partners

  • Luxury trains zip along Japan's everyday commute routes

    Rail companies seek new revenue through trainspotters, seniors and sightseers

  • SMAP brings ratings bonanza to streaming service

    Despite ugly breakup, former members draw 74M views for Japan's AbemaTV

  • Japan's research giant using AI to control huge crowds

    Pro soccer team looks to AIST to improve management at its 40,000-seat venue

  • Tokyo women are fastest at applying makeup in Asia

    They use the second-most cosmetics in the least amount of time, survey finds

  • Amazon opening Tokyo bar to catch you offline

    Pop-up establishment in Ginza to give a taste of vast online offerings

  • German design puts cool spin on Tokyo laundromat

    Freddy Leck turns washing clothes into a fun, social event

  • Pockets of Japan are partying like it's 1989

    $22,000 bottles of wine, $100,000 hotel memberships and scams

  • Your new Japan tour guide: Yamaha's digital piano tech

    About 40 companies testing system that translates announcements

  • Cash in trash turning up all around Japan

    Dead relatives leave money behind that sometimes winds up in the trash

  • You know your BO is bad when your dog passes out

    Insolent robot also tells you when you're wearing too much perfume

  • Japanese girl group's fame has Philippines singing same tune

    Pop idol band AKB48 hopes to spread concept to Southeast Asia

  • Wagyu Olympics picks winners with eye on beef industry's future

    Superior marbling is no longer the only key standard for Japanese cattle

  • Tea Leaves

    For many music lovers in Japan, 'real' means vinyl

    The tables are turning for a part of the industry once in decline

  • Japan faces shortages of samurai, ninja

    Foreign tourists eager to be sneaked up on, assassinated

  • The 172-year-old Japanese garden for the digital age

    Come to Mifuneyama Rakuen for the scenery, stay for the graphical wizardry

  • Okinawa reels in tuna lovers

    Japan's southern island prefecture has more to offer foodies than pork

  • Japanese McDonald's fans select 'Makudo' as official nickname

    Lighthearted 'referendum' on what to call hamburger chain picks 'western Japan' name

  • Younger Japanese in the mood for a cruise

    Shorter, cheaper trips have more families and first-timers taking to the water

  • Not your grandmother's cup of tea

    Elegance and flavor breathe new life into a traditional Japanese drink