Skinny Japanese Girls Stop Dieting

Extreme diets used to be a trend. Being healthy is now a trend. With the ratio of underweight women in their 20s falling below 20 percent for the first time in 20 years, health and fashion experts are looking at whether this means the desire to be thin has been replaced by the quest to…

Fumio Sasaki (via Agência EFE)

Japanese Minimalists

Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meager scattering of various other items. The 36-year-old editor has made a conscious lifestyle choice, joining a growing number of Japanese deciding that less is more….

Aogashima Japan

You won’t believe this Japanese town built INSIDE a volcano!

For the residents of Aogashima, an island about 200 miles due south of Tokyo, 1785 was an unforgettable year. Giant plumes of gas and smoke billowed out from the mouth of the island’s volcano, shooting rocks, mud and other debris into the sky. Those who live on the island that’s home to a volcano still…

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Things People Don’t Miss About Living In Japan

I can eat raw eggs, I can bow to invisible people on the telephone, I can do “Japanese” things, but I draw the line at wading through someone else’s pee-pee. Enter Asian Squatty Potties. ‘Gaijin’ means foreigner, and bridge troll is what many western women turn into the minute they land in Japan. Enter Gaijin…


Japan’s first ‘naked restaurant’ to ban overweight diners

Japan’s first ‘naked restaurant’ opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry – podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat. ‘If you are more than 33lb above the average weight for your height, we ask you refrain from making a reservation,’ a list of rules posted…