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Yukata 101

What's a 'yukata'? And more importantly, how do you put one on? Better find out before summer festival season arrives!

Tokyo’s Major Train Stations Illustrated

This illustrator creates astounding renderings of Tokyo’s major train stations by hand!

Cheap Kimono Rental & Dressing in Kyoto

Spice up a trip to Kyoto with this special set plan including a kimono, sash, bag and sandals. Choose from a variety of patterns and fabrics to fit your style!

4 Textile Companies from the Old School

Textiles are vital to modern day-to-day life. Here are four companies that draw on more than half a century of experience to produce everything from silk to high-end yarn.

Samurai Sword Fighting & Kimono in Osaka

Ever wanted to change into a samurai or ninja and learn sword fighting techniques? Practice the moves before performing a fight scene with a professional taking the supporting role!

Tokyo Dirt-Cheap Clothes Shopping Tour

You're in Tokyo and you want to buy clothes, but you've already spent all your money on tech gadgets, anime figurines and weird items? Then this article is for you!

6 Fantastic Fuji-Inspired Papers & Textiles

Mount Fuji is the ultimate symbol of Japan—so who wouldn't want to own a few bits of awesome and useful Fuji stationery? Worry not, we've got the goods!

Reflective Paintings of Water Ripples

Artist Yoshihito Kawase creates stunningly quiet water ripple paintings that reflect on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

How Do You Bleach Kimono Fabrics? With Snow!

These stunning videos show how craftsmen keep their UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage practice alive during the coldest months of the year.

Add Some Bushido Flair to Your Home ‎Décor

Guard against water rings on your favorite coffee table thanks to these sword handguard coasters inspired by four famous samurai.

20 Japanese Words for Rain, in Art Form

How would you depict 'autumn rain' in a bottle? How about 'sudden rainfall'? Check out this design troupe's dioramas creating snapshots of 20 Japanese words for rain!

Luxurious Stationery from Itoya

Itoya is an historic brand that that offers luxurious stationery in one of Japan's most fashionable districts.

Tsuchimochi Completes His '100 Views of Tokyo'

Revisit Shinji Tsuchimochi's stunning artwork series, '100 Views of Tokyo.'

Beat the Heat With Some Cool 'Yukata'

Look cool and stay cool during the hot Japanese summers with lightweight 'yukata' that feature the Loch Ness Monster and Edo Period assassination tools.

Stylish Naruto Bags Have Arrived!

Whether you're packing school supplies or throwing stars, these bags are perfect for Naruto fans!

Portraits of Tokyo’s Stray Cats

There's definitely not a shortage of cat photographs. But for some reason, Masayuki Oki's photographs of street cats stand out in a way that others don’t.

Revitalizing Fukushima One Shoe at a Time

Keep a centuries-old tradition alive on the streets by wearing 450 years of history on your feet.

Sea-Inspired Miniature Newspaper Collages

This artist uses a wide range of multimedia—everything from snippets of foreign newspapers and magazines to 'nihonga' materials to create collages that illustrate the ocean that connects all.

Otaku Tattoos Gaining Traction in Japan

While tattoos remain largely taboo in Japan, a new form of tattooing that draws on anime and otaku culture is helping change the local image of ink.

Outsu House: An Ode to Comfiness

A familyin Japan makes “comfy house” the keyword for the design of their new home.

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