Why Osaka just cut sister-city ties with San Francisco

Osaka's mayor is tired of asking the city to take down the “Column of Strength” statue in St. Mary’s Square


Cult Japanese New Wavers Dendö Marionette Are Getting Their 1981 EP Reissued

The new record will also contain a long lost and unheard EP from 1982.


Void-Like Sculptures Beg Viewers to Consider the Meaning of Empty Spaces

Yasuaki Onishi continues his artistic meditation on volume and gravity.


This Bar Discounts Drinks Based On the Height of Your Heels

Got 6-inch heels? They're worth 40 percent off.


Japan's Streets Will Soon Smell Like Chocolate for a Very Gross Reason

There are some problems even chocolate can't solve.


There's a Japanese Bar Where You Can Get Wasted in a Ball Pit

It’s a concept that combines the ball pits of your youth, the dive bars of your adult life, and all of the Japanese theatricality you might expect from such an undertaking.


Japan’s Skyline is Full of Self-Replicating Architecture

Kyoto-based artist and filmmaker Aujik imagines Japan’s futuristic cities as self-replicating organisms.


Photos of a Woman Trying to Make It in Japan’s Rope Bondage Scene

Milla Reika is the rare woman in the male-dominated world of 'shibari.'


No Boys Allowed in the Mysterious Girl Nerd Cafe of Osaka

The Ataraxia Cafe in Osaka, Japan is a modest place where female anime and cosplay fans can indulge in their nerdiest hobbies free from the grubby presence of boys.


The Woman Who Makes Prosthetic Pinkies for Ex-Yakuza Members

In Japan, a missing pinkie brands you as a yakuza member. One prosthetist is trying to help them move on from their past.


I Went to a ‘Forget the Year’ Party With a Japanese Robotics Lab

Hiroshi Ishiguro and his humanoids saw out 2015 with a bōnenkai party.


You Have to Go Underground to Find Some of Japan's Finest Sake

It was a sunny afternoon in Osaka, and I had decided to spend it drinking in a hole in the ground. But the hole was, in fact, a legendary sake bar where I sampled some of the greatest sake coming out of Japan.