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!
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!
Wear a Kimono Inspired by Your Country
The Imagine Oneworld Kimono Project aims to create a collection of 196 kimono, each representing a different country. With 55 completed, the organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help secure the finances for the remaining 141.
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!
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!
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!
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.
10 Things to Do in Gunma in Winter
In addition to being one of Japan's major ski and snowboard centers, Gunma offers hot springs, winter illumination and cultural activities to warm up the colder months.
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.
Mouthwatering Miniature Models
These miniature models of Japanese food have us craving the real McCoy!
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 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.
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!
Unique Vending Machine Selling Awesome Origami
Are you all thumbs when it comes to making your own origami? Then jet off to Ehime and purchase some uniquely designed animals and objects for less than ¥50!
11 Things to Do in Gunma in Autumn
Gunma is a hiker's paradise, and autumn is the ideal time to visit. As the leaves change color, discover one of the Three Great Scenic Wonders of Japan, beautiful marshes, waterfalls, hot springs 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!
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?
Ramen: An Edible & Knittable Material
Although it might not keep you warm during the coldest of winters, this scarf will certainly turn heads.
Up Your Origami Game with Laser-Cut Paper
Laser-cut paper combines 'kirigami' and 'origami' art forms into one beautiful creation.
A New Kind of Seasonal Art Medium
Disney and Japanese anime are some of the inspirations for these transient masterpieces.