All About Japan

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 Fantastic Skincare Items from the Wonder 500

These three fantastic skincare items will prove a wonderful addition to your personal care collection.

The Wonderful Seasons & Colors of Japan

Encounter the beautiful colors of nature nurtured by the four seasons.

5 Gorgeous Reasons to Visit Takayama

Takayama is a picturesque mountain town that's beautiful to visit all year round!

Japanese Cedar Stacking Blocks by Kengo Kuma

Architect Kengo Kuma, who was recently in the news for being selected to build Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium, has taken the fact that a triangle is the strongest geometric shape, and rendered it into a playful and interactive interior design building set.

3 Traditional Makeup Brush Kits from Kumano

Ever wanted a brush made with gray squirrel fur? With 180 years of history, the town of Kumano is the largest producer of calligraphy and artist’s brushes—as well as makeup brushes—in Japan.

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 Classic Cultural Activities in Saitama

Located just north of Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture has preserved beautiful pockets of traditional Japan. While there's much to see, there's just as much that you can try out first-hand!

Awesome New Year's Paddles from Saitama

These may be the best "hanetsuki" paddles of all time!

A Kyoto-Lover's Guide to the Ancient Capital

Get tips and local knowledge from Kyoto-obsessed travelers, from must-see spots to unforgettable food.

6 Foreigners Making Waves in the Countryside

Most of the subjects of this story didn't see themselves where they are now—but all of them found something incredible in the Japanese countryside, leading each to develop a unique and indelible bond to the local community.

7 Delightful Christmas Origami Designs

Brush off your folding skills to make some great Christmas ornaments with paper!

Want a Cardboard Car?

Despite its sleek look, this car is actually made out of cardboard! Just don't try to take it for a spin in the rain.

6 Great Innovations from Japan's Countryside

From urban planning and fish farming to food recycling and the re-invigoration of traditional techniques, a number of great ideas have come out of Japan's smaller towns and cities.

7 Cool Traditional Japanese-Style Gifts

Looking for just the right gift during the holiday season? Why not give the gift of something unique you could only get from Japan!

360° Book Lets You Own Mount Fuji

When designer Yusuke Ono submitted his 3-D book idea to the YouFab design contest in 2012, it was too labor intensive to be produced for sale. Not anymore.

The History of Japanese Cosmetic Brushes

These high quality, hand-made products carry a long history and unique manufacturing process that makes each and any one of them a true art work.

7 Incredible Activities in Minakami, Gunma

Minakami is one exciting gem of a Japanese countryside town!

The Most Expensive Fukubukuro Bags

How much would you be willing to spend on a New Year's grab bag?

5 Cool Crafts from Tokyo

Thought it was nothing but big city lights? These crafts from Tokyo are like no other!

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