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Editor - December 08, 2016

Airbnb’s Japan Problem (PODCAST)
So...what's the inside line on AIRBNB's current and future prospects here in Japan? Well, it aint't awesome - in fact, here in its second-largest market, some think a giant Japanese hammer is about to crush one of the world's most popular and controversial startups.
History of Japanese Timekeeping Through a CASIO-Colored Lens (VIDEO)
A quick jump in to the history of Japanese timekeeping, starting with Emperor Tenji, who got the ball rolling more than 1,300 years ago, all the way up to CASIO, who're keeping the faith and pushing their tech harder and harder. Nice watch - bit of history, bit of tech, and very pretty images.
Japanese Summer Festivals: Azabujuban Noryo Matsuri (VIDEO)
Japan's summer festival season is still going strong! Here are some beautiful scenes from the Azabujuban Noryo (cool summer night) Festival and the Roppongi Hills Bon Odori (traditional dancing) Festival. WARNING: This video could make you want to move here...
Akihabara Profiled to Yamanote Platform Melody (VIDEO)
We know this, this is why we named our site such! The fact is that Akihabara's world-famous tech and otaku scenes are second to none on planet earth - if you've been before, you want to return, and if you're planning a trip, the Electric Town is an absolute must - watch, you'll see.
TOKYO TRAIN TUNES: Yamanote Line (VIDEO SERIES)
There is something about the Yamanote line and its 39 stations that you could miss: the platform tunes vary from station to station, and JR has commissioned somewhere around 100 unique departure melodies for use all over the Tokyo Metro area. You might not think you hear them, but your brain does!
Our older readers feel that Akihabara = Special, Cool, Rare Japanese Tech, which is fair and reasonable and truly the soul of our site. However, Akiba’s changed A LOT since this URL came online, and these days it’s also fair and reasonable to believe that Akihabara = Cosplay, Maid Cafes, Fetishization of Barely Post-Pubescent Girls, and Generalized Otaku-ness.
Natural Beauty in the Middle of Tokyo (VIDEO)
In order to visit the Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art, one must pass through the garden and experience the particular features of the season, and here we place the garden in a historical context, detailing its contemporary role as gateway to the expansive, highly regarded Hatakeyama art collection.
JAPANESE ROBOTS: iREX by iPHONE (VIDEO)
In December of 2015, hundreds of the world’s most advanced robots crowded the massive Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center for the biennial iREX International Robot Exhibition. You might be surprised how well an iPhone 6s Plus does with that.
Four Centuries' Passion for Sake (4K VIDEO)
Exploring the history of the Toshimaya tavern and brewery, the ingredients and processes involved in sake brewing, and through personal narratives, learning about the motivations and inspirations for key members of Toshimaya’s professional family.
Yuriage & Tohoku: Back on the Map (4K VIDEO)
"Wiped off the Map" no longer applies! These girls lost their school, friends, and family in the tsunami, but they are spreading hope with their ideas for tourism, participation in a nationwide contest, and a message to the outside world and to future generations: Yuriage is Back on the Map!

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