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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.
Putting a New Spin on Conveyor-Belt Sushi

Putting a New Spin on Conveyor-Belt Sushi

Kura Sushi, Japan’s second-largest conveyor-belt-sushi chain, has unveiled a marvelous new global flagship in Tokyo’s Asakusa district.

Lawson's Products Got a Brand New Bag

Lawson's Products Got a Brand New Bag

Japan’s third-largest convenience store chain recently hired design firm Nendo to re-brand the packaging on over 700 private label products. And the result is as stunning as it is subtle.

See Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Like Never Before

See Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Like Never Before

Tennis star Naomi Osaka appeared in GQ Japan’s June edition, in a cover that was actually drawn by her older sister, Mari Osaka!

Japanese Art Supporting 'Black Lives Matter'

Japanese Art Supporting 'Black Lives Matter'

Amid the ongoing protests and marches following the brutal killing of George Floyd by an American police force, Japanese artists in Japan and abroad are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the form of diverse artworks.

Stay Comfy, Look Professional with WFH Pajamas

Stay Comfy, Look Professional with WFH Pajamas

Business up top, casual down below, these pajamas will look to your colleagues like you're office ready.

A Special Hidden Message about Staying Home

A Special Hidden Message about Staying Home

On May 6, Gifu Shimbun ran a full-page editorial encouraging their readers to stay home. Artfully executed, the message in the graphic ad is only legible from a distance. Can you read it?

Religious Leaders Team Up to Pray for COVID-19

Religious Leaders Team Up to Pray for COVID-19

We're taking a look at this photo of religious leaders exhibiting all the elements we look for in an anime or movie scene when the most powerful members band together for the last stand.

Find a Bit of Zen with Every Bite of Toast

Find a Bit of Zen with Every Bite of Toast

Japanese designer and watercolor artist Manami Sasaki has embarked on a series of creative stay-at-home breakfasts using toast as her canvas.

These New Bento Fish Keep You Safe in Public

These New Bento Fish Keep You Safe in Public

One small and easy replacement is changing this fish full of soy sauce into an easy-to-carry hand sanitizer bottle.

Japan's 1918 Pandemic Prevention Posters

Japan's 1918 Pandemic Prevention Posters

Even though Japan was widely cut off from much of the world when compared to today, the island nation still had to deal with the worldwide pandemic of 1918, better known as the Spanish Flu. These posters helped warn the populace of the time.

Ghibli Giving Free Backgrounds for Video Chats

Ghibli Giving Free Backgrounds for Video Chats

The world famous art house made available a series of stills from their films that can be used as video conferencing backgrounds. Learn which movie background images were released.

Using Washi Paper to Make Delectable Dishes

Using Washi Paper to Make Delectable Dishes

There's no better time than now to learn a new skill, and these intriguing Japanese papercrafts will leave you hungry for more.

Rock Out with Quarantine Collaborations

Rock Out with Quarantine Collaborations

While Japanese singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino is social distancing at home in Tokyo, he's also "Dancing on the Inside” with his newly released YouTube video.

Using Tuna to Measure Proper Social Distances

Using Tuna to Measure Proper Social Distances

Let’s all stay "one tuna apart" by using these funny social distancing posters.

Designers' Office Roof Has a Few Holes

Designers' Office Roof Has a Few Holes

When it came time to design their own office in 2018, the architects at Studio Velocity in Aichi carried out their usual vision, albeit with a slightly more precarious footing.

An AR Solution for Safe Social Distancing

An AR Solution for Safe Social Distancing

An innovative app that uses augmented reality software to measure proper social distancing.

Enjoy a Public Bath from the Privacy of Home

Enjoy a Public Bath from the Privacy of Home

Some public bath houses in Japan are doing their part to support social distancing by uploading videos of their soothing baths.

Designer Creates Free Template for Face Shield

Designer Creates Free Template for Face Shield

Bespectacled Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka wanted to do something to help healthcare and public safety workers on the front lines of COVID-19, so he created a simple and easy way to make face shields.

Enjoy Sakura Safely from the Comfort of Home

Enjoy Sakura Safely from the Comfort of Home

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom now across Japan. But given the uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases across Japan, there’s an organized effort to encourage folks to stay home this season.

Astounding Origami Tea House

Astounding Origami Tea House

Come check out Shi-an, a mobile tea house constructed entirely from origami without the use of bolts or adhesives.

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