All About Japan

A New Kind of Seasonal Art Medium

Disney and Japanese anime are some of the inspirations for these transient masterpieces.

Dive into Tokyo's Most Beautiful Streets

Think you've seen all there is to see of Tokyo? This gorgeous video will make you want to go back out and hit the streets to explore all over again!

The Tomioka Silk Mill

Located in Gunma Prefecture, the Tomioka Silk Mill is a well-preserved symbol of modernization and international cooperation. It was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2014.

The Only New Year's Postcard You'll Ever Need

Japanese artist Feebee has created an 'ukiyo-e' woodblock print of an imaginary beast combining all 12 zodiac animals. Doesn't matter if it's the Year of the Rooster, Horse or Dragon, you can always send this print for the New Year!

Up Your Origami Game with Laser-Cut Paper

Laser-cut paper combines 'kirigami' and 'origami' art forms into one beautiful creation.

An 8-Day Journey Through the 'Rising Dragon'

Travel through the 'Rising Dragon' region of Japan, where you'll find ancient shrines, exquisite gold leaf, top-ranked gardens, incredible festivals, panoramic mountain views, plus markets, museums, kabuki and more!

Get Pottery 1,300 Years in the Making

Mino ware, or Mino 'yaki,' flourished in central Japan hand-in-hand with the rise of ikebana and tea ceremony. You can still get it today—and in fact, it now makes up half of all the pottery made in Japan!

Homemade Cosplaying Accessories for Only ¥100

With just a couple of ¥100 coins and some creativity, you can make your cosplay accessories out of items from a ¥100 shop!

8 Fun Souvenirs from Shikoku, Japan

One of the greatest worries when going to Japan is deciding on the right souvenirs for our friends and families back home! Making the purchases that best represent the region you're traveling to is the way to go.

The Samurai Spirit of Aizu Lacquerware

This reflective video from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Taylor Hawkins introduces us to three artisans in the former samurai town of Aizu-Wakamatsu, who continue to work together to bring a beautiful, heartfelt tradition to life.

How to Make Lord of the Rings Origami

Check out these seven fantastic options for Lord of the Rings origami. We hope you've got One Ring to fold them all!

Mouthwatering Miniature Models

These miniature models of Japanese food have us craving the real McCoy!

Get a Guitar from a Ferrari Designer

Looking for a new guitar? How about one produced via the same techniques used to build Japanese temples, designed by a Ferrari designer?

Get Crafty in Tohoku by Making 'Kokeshi'

Travel to Sendai and learn all about 'kokeshi,' the traditional wooden dolls that come from the Tohoku region, before getting a chance to make one of your very own!

Tenjin-san Flea Market

If you're visiting Kyoto around the 25th of any month, be sure to stop by one of the largest shrine markets in the Kansai area and get yourself a souvenir! You'll be surprised at what's in store for you!

Full List—Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage

Beyond its 20 spectacular World Cultural Heritage Sites, Japan has 21 traditions recognized by UNESCO as elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Ramen: An Edible & Knittable Material

Although it might not keep you warm during the coldest of winters, this scarf will certainly turn heads.

Gifu Festival Celebrates 700 Years of Swords

Seki City in Gifu Prefecture has been forging samurai swords for over 700 years. On the second weekend of October every year, the Seki Cutlery Festival celebrates the region's long history of blade-making—and offers gorgeous works at discount prices!

UNESCO Sites in the Tokyo Area

Tokyo is great for food, shopping and relaxation. But you should know there are also a handful of stellar World Heritage Sites right in the area!

17 (Non-Otaku) Presents to Buy a Japan Fan

Looking for something for that Japan fan who's already got it all? We've got 17 suggestions!

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