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!
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!
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!
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!
Mouthwatering Miniature Models
These miniature models of Japanese food have us craving the real McCoy!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Ramen: An Edible & Knittable Material
Although it might not keep you warm during the coldest of winters, this scarf will certainly turn heads.
5 Incredible Origami Rose Tutorials
Give your loved ones a bouquet of resplendent red roses (or whatever color you like) without breaking the bank!
Kamizumo: The Art of Paper Sumo
The history of 'kamizumo,' or paper sumo, reaches back to the popularization of flesh-and-blood sumo as a sport during the Edo Period. It's still played by kids—and some surprisingly dedicated adults—to this day.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
Up Your Origami Game with Laser-Cut Paper
Laser-cut paper combines 'kirigami' and 'origami' art forms into one beautiful creation.