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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.
Tokyo's Most 'Mundane' Halloween Costumes

Tokyo's Most 'Mundane' Halloween Costumes

Come take a look at 'Jimi Halloween,' celebrating the average run-of-the-mill characters you'll find across the metropolis.

Miniature Storefronts Preserving Tokyo's Past

Miniature Storefronts Preserving Tokyo's Past

There’s a certain allure to Tokyo’s storefronts–the colors, the textures, the urban decay–that have inspired many artists and designers. That includes Stockholm-based designer Christopher Robin, who created these marvelous scaled-down Tokyo storefronts.

Get Artsy at This Gorgeous Art Retreat Garden

Get Artsy at This Gorgeous Art Retreat Garden

Found at the foot of the Nasu Mountains just north of Tokyo is Art Biotop, an art retreat offering classes in pottery and glass-blowing along with spa treatments. But a major highlight is the water garden created by master architect Junya Ishigami.

Cup Noodle Created the Perfect Fork for Ramen

Cup Noodle Created the Perfect Fork for Ramen

It took a team of obsessive designers to create this marvel of delicious engineering.

Incredible Laser-Cut Ukiyo-e

Incredible Laser-Cut Ukiyo-e

One Japanese artist is creating incredible looking traditional ukiyo-e prints using modern technology.

Incredible Ballpoint Pen illustrations

Incredible Ballpoint Pen illustrations

Japanese illustrator Manabu Endo has created meticulously detailed ballpoint pen pieces that evoke the traditional aesthetics of Japanese hanging scrolls.

Autumnal Illustrations of Greater Tokyo

Autumnal Illustrations of Greater Tokyo

Japanese artist Ryo Takemasa has created a series of heartwarming illustrations capturing the beauty of fall in western Tokyo.

Cool Ginza Building Looks Like Tetris Piece

Cool Ginza Building Looks Like Tetris Piece

A developer teamed up with So Teruuchi of SO&CO to create one of Ginza's skinniest buildings.

A Fun Design Twist for Fermented Products

A Fun Design Twist for Fermented Products

Established in 1940, Nishiri is a Kyoto-based company carrying on a local legacy of pickled and fermented vegetables. But two years ago, for a rebrand, they turned to design agency Nosigner.

Gorgeous Moonlit Shots from Around the World

Gorgeous Moonlit Shots from Around the World

As you probably know, moonlight is mostly sunlight that’s reflected off the lunar surface. So it varies greatly depending on the phase of the moon. But that hasn’t stopped photographer Kenji Ishikawa from capturing some otherworldly views of our planet.

Stylish Tokyo Townhouse—Only $6,000 a Night!

Stylish Tokyo Townhouse—Only $6,000 a Night!

The Trunk Hotel that opened 2 years ago is inspired by everything that Tokyo stands for: the new and the old, the Japanese and the foreign. And now it's up for rental.

Eerie, Abstract Japanese Portraits

Eerie, Abstract Japanese Portraits

Japanese artist Teppei Takeda creates otherworldly portraits that are composed of intense, gestural brushstrokes.

Japanese Photographer Captures Deserted Tokyo

Japanese Photographer Captures Deserted Tokyo

For almost 30 years, Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano has been capturing moments where Tokyo seems like a ghost town.

Whimsical Japanese Wood Carvings

Whimsical Japanese Wood Carvings

These incredible sculptures by Tokyo-based artist Moe Nakamura are all carved from a single block of wood!

Kengo Kuma Redesigns Kenzo Takada's Paris Home

Kengo Kuma Redesigns Kenzo Takada's Paris Home

Designer Kenzo Takada’s former Paris residence was skillfully renovated by world renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

TeamLab Transforms an Abandoned Bath House

TeamLab Transforms an Abandoned Bath House

The latest installation from Japan's digital art collective TeamLab sees incredible megaliths rising around a once-abandoned bathhouse.

Japanese Illustrator Brings Streets to Life

Japanese Illustrator Brings Streets to Life

Masashi Shimakawa is a Japanese illustrator who uses his unique style to capture the everyday beauty of Japanese streets.

Awesome Ukiyo-e Posters for Shibuya Bon Odori

Awesome Ukiyo-e Posters for Shibuya Bon Odori

Designed by contemporary artist Masumi Ishikawa, these posters advertise the Bon Odori Festival taking place in Shibuya for the third year running!

Imari Porcelain Jewelry is a Handmade Dream

Imari Porcelain Jewelry is a Handmade Dream

Created by Japanese designer Haruka Okabe, HiN combines contemporary design with Saga Prefecture's special Imari porcelain.

Cool Down This Summer with Watery Earrings

Cool Down This Summer with Watery Earrings

Dive into these gorgeous earrings that look exactly like a pool of crystal clear shimmering water on a warm summer day!

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