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.
5 Gorgeous Reasons to Visit Takayama
Takayama is a picturesque mountain town that's beautiful to visit all year round!
Gorgeous Woodblock Sushi Set
Why not give your kids a head start in learning the basics of sushi?
Impress House Guests With Toilet Paper Origami
Take your hospitality skills to the next level with toilet paper origami!
New Book Shares Animal Sculpture Secrets
Mio Hashimoto went viral with photos and videos of a shiba inu dog interacting with a sculpture of itself. She's now penned a book that lets you do what she does.
Katana Scissors Inspired by Real Samurai
Nikken Cutlery has three types of katana scissors for your slicing needs, including one inspired by Oda Nobunaga’s sword and featuring a gold-tipped “scabbard.”
The Art of Any Tokyo
Any Tokyo is an exhibition bringing “tomorrow’s applied design and ideas together under one roof.” Now in its third iteration, the 2015 event runs from October 24 to November 3 at Zozo-ji Temple.
6 Autumn Origami Designs
Red and golden leaves, chestnuts, apples… all the things that remind us of autumn!
Yamagata Cast Iron Teapots
Yamagata cast iron boasts a 1,000-year tradition influenced by the Kyoto style.
Mount Fuji Envelope
Surprise your friends with a special letter or invitation using this delightful Mount Fuji envelope.
Modern-Style Calligraphy Gift Set
Want to really level-up your kanji skills? This authentic Japanese calligraphy set consists of artisanal writing tools selected by Shinseido, one of last makers of Suzuka Ink in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture.
Naha's Tsuboya Pottery Festival
The Tsuboya area has been known as "the town of pottery" since the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It celebrates this heritage every November.
Making the Old New Again
Got an old, rusty knife? Hand it over to Togitogi, the professional knife sharpener who smooths off the rust while making the blade razor-sharp!
Adorable Nekobus Lasercut Paper Set
It’s time to take Totoro's iconic catbus home. And when we do, we’ll be making him entirely from scratch, with a specially designed kit made from lasercut paper materials.
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.
Attention to Detail is Key
Don't take your eyes off this video for a second, or you'll miss seeing the precision and concentration that it takes to design a single bowl.
7 Incredible Activities in Minakami, Gunma
Minakami is one exciting gem of a Japanese countryside town!
A Modern Twist for Lacquer
Once used for salad bowls and decorative plates, lacquerware has found a new shape to wrap its sleek exterior around—iPhones.
4 Cool Things Made of Kurikyu Odate Bentwood
Kurikyu Bentwood is known for high-quality bentwood products emblematic of the city of Odate in Akita Prefecture.
Kendo Looks Awesome in Kyoto
This incredible video will make you want to pick up a sword and visit Kyoto. In a good way.