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)

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 […]

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.

Hello, Asimo: A Visit to Tokyo’s Miraikan Science Museum

If your inner nerd yearns for a glimpse of the future and you find yourself in Tokyo, it’s a good idea to stop in for a few hours at Miraikan. It’s Toyko’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Technology, and it features a close encounter with the world’s most famous robot.

The Japanese Idol Room Experience

It’s mid-afternoon in Akihabra. I’ve been in and out of shops all morning, bewildered by cutesy anime characters, girls in costume, tight clusters of shoppers, and an array of noise from every direction. On my way down the street I stop to picture-read another cluster of signs on the side of the road, but I […]

Crash Landing in Tokyo

The moment you first lay eyes on a city, it’s often a surreal experience.