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Kaya no Sato: Life in Thatch

This association on the edge of Mount Fuji is working to preserve the thatching techniques needed to preserve many of Japan's historic structures, including the 'praying hands' houses of Shirakawa-go.

10 Snow Spots in Japan Perfect for Instagram

If you want to get your 'Gram game going while traveling in the land of the rising sun in winter, make sure to keep in mind these Instagram-worthy spots for your itinerary.

Everyday Japanese Words Not in Your Textbook

Textbooks are essential to Japanese learning. But even if you memorized everything from your book and passed the N1 test, there's still a long road to mastering daily Japanese. Here are a few frequently used words that can add some magic to your Japanese!

A Uniquely Japanese Movie-Going Experience

Feel as though you are snuggled up at home under your very own 'kotatsu' as you catch a flick at this theater in Saitama.

Hakone Yosegi Zaiku: World of Woodcraft

Hakone 'yosegi zaiku' is a kind of woodworking technique typically used to make puzzle boxes with elaborate opening mechanisms. Not only do they make a great gift—at the Hakone Trick Museum you can even make one of your own!

Necessary Japanese Jargon for Dating Apps

Dating apps are getting more popular Japan, as it gives people easier access to find dates and meet new people. Just like everything else in Japan, there's lots of jargon hiding the true meaning. Here are some common terms we've decoded for you.

Japanese Artist Gives Old Stones New Life

This artist from Saitama Prefecture gives new meaning to the old phrase 'art imitates life!'

How to Build a Full-Scale Japanese Igloo

Have you ever wanted to build an igloo? Yokote in Akita Prefecture is very famous for its igloo making festival, called 'kamakura.' We'll show you the traditional method of building snow huts just like they do in Yokote.

Designers Ring in the Year of the Dog in Style

New Year's cards are an important Japanese tradition, and our friends at Spoon & Tamago have compiled some of the most stylish cards from Japanese artists around the country.

How to Navigate a Japanese Washlet Toilet

If you're confused by all the buttons on a modern Japanese toilet, we're here to decipher all those mystifying symbols.

FEMM Tease Future at CES 2018

J-pop musical mannequin duo FEMM are featured in a newly-released teaser video for an augmented reality/mixed reality presentation at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

10 Ways to Save Money on Electricity in Winter

Electricity costs in winter can go through the roof because more energy is needed for heating and your time spent indoors increases. If you want to survive winter in Japan at the lowest possible cost, follow these helpful tips for saving on electricity.

Kitchen-Haven Kappabashi Has More Than Knives

Previously, we've published articles about buying knives in Kappabashi, but this 'shotengai' has more on offer than just cutlery! Let's take a tour together and see a sharper side of this shopping street.

Katsumata Seicha: Organic Tea on Fuji's Edge

Located in the heart of Japan's premier tea-growing region, Katsumata Seicha traces its tea-making history back to the days of the Warring States Period.

The Blooming Beauty of Everyday Objects

One Japanese artist's 'homegrown' art blends a respected tradition with modern household objects.

Sharpen Your Look With Damascus Steel Watches

Wear a unique, exquisite timepiece filled with Japanese sword tradition on your wrist.

Experience the Fastest Shinkansen to Date

Japan Railways is taking applications to experience the future of Japanese rail travel nearly a decade ahead of time.

Untraveled Japan: Tokyo Day Trips & More

You don’t have to go far from Tokyo to experience Japan like no one has before!

Ride on the Eva Train One Last Time

Now’s your last chance to ride the massively popular bullet train that travels as fast as Eva Unit-01 before it ceases operations in May 2018.

Instagramable Shopping Street Kagurazaka

In the middle of Tokyo, there's a calm shopping street that is visited mainly by locals: Kagurazaka. Its photogenic stores have started to attract tourist attention and their camera snaps. Let us introduce you to our Insta-bae (Instagramable) selections!

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