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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

17 December 2021

Uber Eats makes its first food delivery to space

Uber Eats has made its first ever food delivery to space. Uber teamed up with Japanese entrepreneur and delivery fan, Yusaku Maezawa, to hand deliver beloved […]
19 November 2021

Toyota bets big on hydrogen for transition to carbon-neutrality

Toyota is betting big on hydrogen technology in automobiles, both through fuel-cell EVs (FCEVs) and the hydrogen-powered engines, in a bid to become a carbon-neutral company, […]
19 November 2021

Pumice washes ashore in Japan months after an underwater volcano erupted

Large quantities of pumice have washed ashore in Japan, specifically over a wide area of the main island of Okinawa, affecting the fishing and tourism industries […]
17 November 2021

Japanese airline installs vending machines with surprise destinations

In Japan, capsule vending machines – called gachapon in Japanese – are no longer offering only little toys. From small hamburgers to swimmers figurines, the gachapon […]
28 September 2021

Japan Airlines offers choices for passengers who prefer to sit away from children

Some people may deny it; others will shy away from answering for fear of being judged as intolerant. The truth is that many prefer not to […]
3 September 2021

What is a ryokan? Discovering Japanese guest houses

Ryokans are traditional inns run by Japanese families. They are all characterized by a silent environment, precise architecture, simplicity and minimalism. Ryokans are normally designed like […]
3 September 2021

Aokigahara. A dark tourism spot in Japan

Dark tourism was first designated in 1996 and it is now established as a term to indicate specific places linked to death, fear and suffering such […]
26 August 2021
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Japan’s new Jomon Era UNESCO site

Earlier this year the UNESCO (United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) committee met at their 44th session for a combined review of the 2020 and 2021 […]
30 July 2021

These photos show a glimpse into a magical forest of fireflies

Nature has many beautiful phenomenons, one of which is hotaru (firefly) season in Japan. The season lasts from around May to July in different regions of Japan, […]
27 July 2021

These anime samurai represent each country in the Tokyo Olympics

In honour of the Tokyo Olympics a group of Japanese artists have created an anime samurai character for each flag of the 200 countries competing in […]
15 July 2021

Tokyo hotel apologizes for ‘Japanese only’ elevator sign

A hotel in central Tokyo had posted “Japanese only” and “foreigners only” notices in front of its elevators but later removed them after facing harsh criticism. […]
9 July 2021

Tokyo bans spectators during Olympics due to new surge in Covid-19 cases

A surge in Covid-19 cases has forced authorities in Japan to hold the Olympics without spectators in Tokyo. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state […]
29 June 2021

Giant Buddhist statue in Japan gets a mask to pray for the end of the pandemic

A group of workers have put a mask on the 57-meter tall figure of the Buddhist goddess Kannon to help end the Covid-19 pandemic. A year […]
28 June 2021

A long way for love: White rhino travels from Taiwan to Japan to find mate

In an epic search for a mate, Emma, a five-year-old white rhinoceros has travelled from Taiwan to Japan. Emma is originally from Leofoo Safari Park in […]
3 June 2021

10 beautiful castles in Japan

We know that Europe is a great place to find ancient and magnificent castles, with plenty of beautiful castles in various countries throughout the continent. But […]
6 May 2021

Tokyo to reserve 300 hotel rooms in case Olympic athletes contract Covid-19

Olympic athletes who exhibit mild symptoms of Covid-19 in Tokyo could be isolated in hundreds of hotel rooms near the Athletes’ Village. Participants and staff members […]
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