Watch This Swarm Of Japanese Workers Sink A Subway Line In One Night

Railway workers in Tokyo were proud of their latest accomplishment. They had created a new subway line to replace the old above-ground line. There was only one problem – they had to shove a portion of the old line underground to make it all work. So they decided to do the entire thing in just one night. » 11/19/14 4:35pm Wednesday 4:35pm

The Japanese Drivers License Center Process Is A Model Of Efficiency

On Thursday morning I took a half day off school and went to the Japanese Drivers License Center to finally pick up my brand new gold license. The process was a model of efficiency, and as a gold license holder, my process was expedited. I was in and out of the process in a mere 55 minutes. » 11/08/14 12:00pm 11/08/14 12:00pm

What Are These Hippies Doing In A Japanese Nissan Skyline Ad?

Look, I love my adopted country, and I am annoyed by many "weird Japan" posts. It's one trope I am really tired of hearing. However, even I have to admit, sometimes, Japan is weird. Like Japanese commercials. They're totally bizarre. And they've been that way for a long time. Like this 1970s Nissan Skyline commercial. » 11/08/14 9:00am 11/08/14 9:00am

This Mitsubishi Regional Jet Is Japan's First New Airliner In 50 Years

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, is Japan's first newly produced commercial aircraft in nearly fifty years, and it's one sweet-looking ride. Four years behind schedule, and powered by Pratt & Whitney, this medium-sized regional jet carries big hopes for Japan's aerospace industry. » 10/20/14 9:03am 10/20/14 9:03am

The Bosozoku Are Japan's Disappearing Rebels Without A Cause

For those who have never actually been to Japan, the idea that Japan's generally regimented, polite, and clean society could have a completely out of control and dangerous youth subculture is hard to believe. Residents of Japan know better. Enter: bosozoku. Or rather exit, as bosozoku are in steep decline. » 10/04/14 12:00pm 10/04/14 12:00pm

This Is The Best Coffee-Foam VW Beetle I've Ever Seen

Volkswagen Japan came up with what may be the most ephemeral promotional tie-in I can think of: they commissioned an artist to make latté-foam sculptures of the VW Beetle. These are pretty impressive, especially when you realize the medium he's working in is about as substantial as a really good sneeze. » 10/03/14 5:43pm 10/03/14 5:43pm

In Pursuit of Initial D: Driving The Real Mount "Akina"

Each of the mountains in Initial D are real locations in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. On beautiful weekends, the roads don't just have day trippers to the various tourist spots, you can also spot modified cars and motorcycles enjoying the drive. I recently took a group of friends out on a quick jaunt around Mount "Akina."… » 9/06/14 2:54pm 9/06/14 2:54pm