The Origin of the Maneki Neko
The Maneki Neko, literally the "beckoning cat,"is a very common Japanese figurine. Although there are several possible stories behind its origin, the one revolving around Gotokuji Temple probably has the most veracity to it.
Momiji Manju: A Snack Worthy of Miyajima
Made by wrapping adzuki bean jam in a castella-like dough, momiji manju are distinguished by their momiji (maple) leaf shape.
Awesome New Year's Paddles from Saitama
These may be the best "hanetsuki" paddles of all time!
Anatomy of a Traditional Fan
As a necessity amid the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, the Boshu uchiwa, or Japanese fan, is Chiba Prefecture’s one and only government-designated traditional craft.
3 Historical Crafts from Kanagawa
In addition to being home to the major port city of Yokohama and the famed hot springs of Hakone, Kanagawa has developed a number of distinctive crafts that are unique to the region.
5 Cool Crafts from Tokyo
Thought it was nothing but big city lights? These crafts from Tokyo are like no other!