Photography: Sumo and a Cell Phone

A Sumo wrestler takes a phone call in Asakusa, Toyko, Japan. Sumo has been rapidly declining in popularity throughout Japan as interest shifts toward modern sports. (Photo by Michael Johnstone)

A Single Image of Asia That Will Change How You See the World

There’s a lot of pointless viral media out there, and a disproportionate amount seems to revolve around cats. But there’s one image that you really should see; it will very likely change the way you perceive our planet. 

Girl Model: A House of Mirrors in the Teen Modelling World

Nadya Vall was 13 years old when she entered the world of modelling though an agency in Toyko, Japan. What she got was a series of manipulations and deceptions that preyed on her youth and inexperience. Or did she?

Orchestrated Chaos: The Infinite Allure of Shibuya, Tokyo

In the depths of inner Toyko lies an intersection that may be the most iconic in the world. Shibuya Crossing is one of those places that immediately grip you with a sense of its notoriety in films and photography. When the traffic lights turn red in all directions a sort of orchestrated chaos is set […]

Osaka Rising: Japan’s Most Overlooked City?

Tokyo and Kyoto certainly get their fair share of attention from the world. But Osaka has it’s own thing going on, and it’s rather unique.

The Night I Slept in a Tube: Japanese Capsule Hotels

The Japanese are known for efficiency. They pride themselves on it. So when it came to making a hotel as cheap and efficient, Japan found a way to make it surprisingly minimalistic. And shockingly homey. 

No Dancing: Japan’s Anti-Dance Law is Strange, But True

It might seem like an old puritanical Calvinist idea, but Japan still holds to a strict law on dancing in public. No need to rub your eyes, you’re really reading that correctly. NO DANCING.

Into the Uncanny Valley: Why Scientists in Japan Are Spanking Robots

If someone were to ask you the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Japan”, many would immediately reply “Robots!” Japan is definitely on the cutting edge of robotic science, and one of their latests projects is a rather realistic human bum.