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Drawing from an extensive multicultural database and resources, Spoon & Tamago attempts to comprehensively cover all aspects of Japanese design, from fine art and architecture to product and graphic design.
Vending Machines: Beacons in the Snow

Vending Machines: Beacons in the Snow

Vending machines are ubiquitous in Japan and can be found even in the most remote of areas. One artist was transfixed by the juxtaposition of these machines against the snow-covered landscapes of Hokkaido's winter.

Coffee Connoisseurs Have a New Home in Tokyo

Coffee Connoisseurs Have a New Home in Tokyo

The Ebisu-based coffee chain Sarutahiko Coffee has opened a flagship store in Chofu, and it's quite impressive!

Bonsai Artist Explores the Depths of Tradition

Bonsai Artist Explores the Depths of Tradition

The Japanese botanical artist Makoto Azuma finds inspiration in presenting the natural world in an unnatural way.

The Neo-Pop Kimono Art of Akira Times

The Neo-Pop Kimono Art of Akira Times

One artist is pushing the envelope with his unique artist vision of Japanese kimono.

Historic Photos of Japan Brought to Life by AI

Historic Photos of Japan Brought to Life by AI

A new technique developed by researchers at Waseda University is giving old photographs a vibrant and colorful new life.

Beautiful Bread Lamps Straight From the Bakery

Beautiful Bread Lamps Straight From the Bakery

Japanese artist Yukiko Morita combines lighting design and baked goods to create a new home décor trend that's 'on the rise.'

Make Your Own Manga With Cool New Tape

Make Your Own Manga With Cool New Tape

Give your packages (or any surface really) some stylish Japanese flair with this award-winning tape!

Matsushima: The Shining Jewel of Miyagi

Matsushima: The Shining Jewel of Miyagi

We're proud to present a guide to Matsushima, one of Japan's three most beautiful views, brought to you by our friends at Spoon & Tamago.

Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life

Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life

Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.

Must-See Art Festivals After Summer

Must-See Art Festivals After Summer

Summer festival season is winding down, but there are still fantastic ways to appreciate art around the country through to New Year's!

The Hill of Buddha — An Architectural Marvel

The Hill of Buddha — An Architectural Marvel

Outside the city of Sapporo, hidden by the beautiful, natural landscape of Hokkaido, rests an awe-inspiring statue.

Fireflies Light up the Night in Amazing Photos

Fireflies Light up the Night in Amazing Photos

One Japanese photographer perfectly captures the natural beauty of Japanese summer nights by focusing on fireflies.

Stylish Flower Vases Showcase Metallic Beauty

Stylish Flower Vases Showcase Metallic Beauty

Yokohama Makers Village teamed up with Japanese product designers to create a line of metallic flower vases.

Spruce up the Home With 'Floating' Flower Art

Spruce up the Home With 'Floating' Flower Art

Create the illusion of floating flowers with the Kaki Flower Vase.

Marvel at Intricate Fruit & Vegetable Carvings

Marvel at Intricate Fruit & Vegetable Carvings

Japan has a rich tradition of food carving, but in the hands of Japanese artist Gaku, the art of fruit and vegetable carving is elevated to a new realm of edible creations!

Shine Light on Power Draining Vending Machines

Shine Light on Power Draining Vending Machines

Japan is home to the most vending machines in the world, and these machines keep running when the country sleeps, much to the detriment of environmentalists. One photographer documented these power consuming contraptions and their spooky nocturnal glow.

Dad Turns Daughter's Art Into Edible Bento

Dad Turns Daughter's Art Into Edible Bento

One wonderful Japanese comedian transforms his daughter’s artwork into an adorable bento box.

Forget Frills! Get Your Pet Some Samurai Armor

Forget Frills! Get Your Pet Some Samurai Armor

Cats and dogs have been at it for ages, but now you can turn the tide in your pet's favor with new samurai armor. Or, at the very least, have the coolest Shiba 'shogun' on the block!

Takeshi Miyakawa's Solo Sculpture Exhibition

Takeshi Miyakawa's Solo Sculpture Exhibition

Brooklyn-based Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa currently has a solo exhibition at John Doe gallery. On display are a series of sculptural pieces, both abstract and functional, that capture Miyakawa’s knack for reframing the small and ordinary.

Touching Last Photos of Grandmother & Grandson

Touching Last Photos of Grandmother & Grandson

In 2011, Akihito Yoshida discovered a very special relationship between his younger cousin and his grandmother. He photographed the pair, which sadly captures the memories of two people no longer with us in this beautiful but tragic story.

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