All About Japan

Make Your Own Chopsticks from 'Hamidashimono'

For more than 100 years, a town in Nara Prefecture has been using leftover, high-quality cypress wood from the home construction process to create disposable chopsticks. And now, you can make your own at home.

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.

Tsukiji Market Memories Through Photogrammetry

The Tsukiji Fish Market relocated to Toyosu in 2018 and officially closed their doors forever. Using thousands of archival photographs, however, designers have created an immersive artwork that explores the former largest fish market in the world.

Get to Know Japan’s Top 10 Buzzwords of 2019

The candidates for the top ten catchphrases that defined Reiwa's first year are here. Who knew bubble tea could be a verb?

Complete Origami Experience at Origami Kaikan

Learn everything there is to know about the ins, outs, ups and downs of folding origami at this dedicated origami center.

See Through Your Mistakes with Clear Erasers

The rubber eraser is roughly 250 years old. But for all its old age, the partner to any pencil has always had one major flaw. You can’t see what you’re erasing. Until today.

Fire Extinguishers Combining Safety & Style

One fire extinguisher company had the interesting idea to combine the fascination of home decoration with disaster preparedness, with very stylish results.

3-D Model of Famous Ukiyo-e Print Making Waves

"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" has been admired by people all over the world for centuries, now it’s being viewed in an entirely new light, thanks to a Japanese artist who recently recreated the image in 3-D form.

Building the Future: Tokyo's Robot Exhibition

Cutting-edge machines are on display at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.

Usual Landscapes Painted on Unusual Canvases

Working with acrylics, painter Daisuke Samejima uses irregular canvases to paint realistic yet regular scenes of the Japanese suburban life.

DESTROY ALL THE THINGS at the Reeast Room

It's stressful being a civilized, polite human being. Sometimes you just want to let yourself go wild. That's why the Reeast Room was created—to release the beast and destroy all the things.

Test Your Luck with Matsuya’s New Lucky Bags

Matsuya Ginza department store plans to offer games and other promotions with its New Year lucky bags to draw online shoppers into its brick-and-mortar store.

Watch as Sea Life Pulsates in New Short Video

This new work from Japanese animator Eugene is a beautiful short video of the undulating world of underwater sea life.

Paper Relief Images Capture the Glory of Tokyo

"Farewell My Tokyo," by designer Megumi Takami, sets out to preserve the essence of Tokyo's architecture and landmarks, cut from paper in captivating detail.

Toyota's Future City Near Mount Fuji

One of Japan's leading automotive manufacturers, Toyota, is planning to bring their vision of the future to life at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Create Ukiyo-e Art at a Woodblock Party

If you're a fan of traditional Japanese art, you can create your own version of famous ukiyo-e paintings at Mokuhankan's woodblock print party experiences.

9,000 Bath Bombs at LUSH Harajuku!

If you're a fan of LUSH's magical bath bombs, you can't miss out on LUSH LABS. 9,000 bath bombs on a bath bomb conveyor belt—if you're a true Lushie, you better not miss it.

Tokyo Motor Show Ready to Kick Off

A biennial event essential to Japan's automotive industry, the Tokyo Motor Show typically showcases the future of vehicles.

Preserving History with Newspaper Sculptures

Japanese visual artist Atsushi Adachi creates miniature replicas of objects from the past using old newspaper clippings and articles sourced from the same period, including replicas like this battleship and other historical moments.

No Need for Fire with Self-igniting Incense

Incense and matches, combined as one. This ingenious yet intuitive design comes from a 90-year old Japanese match manufacturer, who never stopped innovating.

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