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
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
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
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
Let’s all stay "one tuna apart" by using these funny social distancing posters.
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 innovative app that uses augmented reality software to measure proper social distancing.
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
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
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
Come check out Shi-an, a mobile tea house constructed entirely from origami without the use of bolts or adhesives.
Hako in Hiroshima: Thinking Outside the Box
Take a look at this innovative home of stacked boxes, designed to overcome the challenges of building on the side of a cliff.
Nihonbashi's Neighborhood Noren Gallery
Over 30 Nihonbashi-based businesses came together to create noren (the curtains that hang in shopfronts) that symbolize their own identity.
Drawing out the Japanese Spirit of Epidemics
The people of Kumamoto have a legendary spirit that comes in time of epidemics. All you have to do is draw a picture of it.
A Music Video Perfect for Social Distancing
Over 10 years ago, art director Masashi Kawamura teamed up with Japanese band Sour to produce a music video for "Hibi no Neiro." Needless to say, this was before our current reality, in which millions are staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A Pitcher that Looks Like Running Water
A Norwegian and Japanese design team worked together to produce a clear glass pitcher that looks like running water.
Yusuke Asai's New Exhibit Uses Wild Materials
Tokyo-born artist Yusuke Asai travela the world, creating wild and unrestrained art with whatever canvas and materials are available to him locally: soil, water, dust, flour, tape, and pens.
Unique Home Design Takes Steps Into the Future
When Akihiro Ito, half of the design team Nendo, wanted to build a home for his family and in-laws, he turned to his business partner to design it for him. And it features a set of stairs that appears to extend from the sidewalk through the house.
Travel to Toyama to Peek the Japanese Alps
Who knew Japan had its very own Alps? And they are right in the heart of the nation.
Tadao Ando's Library in Osaka Is Off the Wall
You simply have to check out Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest in Osaka, designed and built by master architect Tadao Ando, who donated it to the city's children.