All About Japan

An Office Tailor-Made for a Fashion Giant

Get a peek inside the new, posh office of Start Today, one of the largest Japanese fashion companies. The bubble-like meeting rooms and indoor greenery are sure to inspire fresh new ideas!

Turn Your Smartphone into a Pokédex

True trainers will want to get their hands on a new cell phone cover that not only protects your phone, but even looks like a Pokédex!

Infographic Depicts Evolution of Technology

Designer Eisuke Tachikawa presents the evolution of technology as one, astounding, real-life infographic that visually lays out over 100 objects that have been integrated into the iPhone.

Put Your Phone to Rest on a Mini Futon

Not only does this tiny futon hold your smartphone, but it's even bestowed with blessings from the priests at Tokyo’s Anazawaten Shrine.

Traditional Japanese Footwear Reimagined

A modern, stylish twist on a Japanese classic, these shoes have been redesigned as indoor slippers to keep feet comfy and cool.

Tatami Mats: Not Just for the Floor Anymore

If you've ever been to a traditional Japanese home, you've likely seen tatami mats on the floor. But have you ever seen it on furniture?!

Be a Couch Potato in a Tempura Sleeping Bag!

Whether you’re looking for an unusual Halloween costume or a cozy outfit to snuggle up in, this crazy bread-crumbed number will make all your fried food fantasies come true!

A Darker Version of 'The Little Mermaid'

Brought to life by legendary artist Yayoi Kusama, this collaboration brilliantly illustrates the original Hans Christian Andersen classic.

Soy Sauce Dishes Create 3-D Optical Illusions

With just a splash of soy sauce, Soy Shapes allow seemingly normal dishes to be rendered into M.C. Escher-style three-dimensional optical illusions.

Puddle: A Home Designed to Let in Rainwater

One family in Japan saw rainwater not as an unwanted intruder, but simply a part of life that, when controlled, can bring you and your home in tune with nature.

7 Nifty Knick-Knacks to Keep Around the House

Once again, Japan’s ¥100 shops prove that they're truly on the next level.

Incredible Rolled Newspaper Animal Sculptures

Inspired by her encounter with a rhino in Africa, artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly lifelike sculptures of animals—out of newspaper!

This Map Just Might Change the World

This map of the world, which shows the globe more accurately as it is in 2016, just won Japan’s prestigious Design Award.

Beautifully Minimalist Ping Pong Ads

How do you advertise a simple yet satisfying sport? With simple yet satisfying art!

Design on a Dime: ¥100 Art Supplies

Being creative doesn't have to be costly thanks to the numerous ¥100 shops around Japan.

Every Animator's Dream Desk

This DIY project by a Japanese animator is complete with an embedded graphics tablet!

Moisturize Your Skin from Ghibli-Themed Tins

Beautifully adorned tins featuring some of the studio’s beloved anime characters are being made for a limited time.

Get a Chance to Change Kyoto Tower's Color

For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice!

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

Mashikaku: Japan’s Edo-Era Typography Returns

In Edo-era Japan, several lettering styles known as 'Edomoji' were invented for advertising purposes. One design team wants to bring these characters back.

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