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Hunt Through 2 Million Handmade Items!

HandMade in Japan Fes presents a weekend full of crafts, music, performances, food, drinks and farmers markets conveniently packed in one venue.

4 Textile Companies from the Old School

Textiles are vital to modern day-to-day life. Here are four companies that draw on more than half a century of experience to produce everything from silk to high-end yarn.

An Inside Look at Hakone Marquetry

See the incredible dedication required to produce the beautifully intricate designs of Hakone marquetry.

Origami Challenge at Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan

Learn all about origami, from the history paper folding to tutorials on how to create it yourself, at the Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan.

Family Friendly Origami Class in Tsukishima

The whole family can enjoy this incredible origami folding experience!

Geisha & Handicraft Experiences in Hakone

Looking for things to do around Hakone? If you want to get into traditional Japanese culture, two popular activities are geisha performances and traditional local handicrafts.

Make Summer-Inspired Pottery in Kamakura

How about making your own ceramic dish as a special souvenir of your visit to Kamakura? The cool blue and white glazes are perfect complements to the summer season, and beginners are welcome!

A Kyushu Trip the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Saga, Kumamoto and Nagasaki offer shopping, theme parks, hot springs, brewery tours and many more unique experiences. There's something for everyone!

A Jack-o'-Lantern That Bridges Cultures

Jack-o'-lanterns might have originated in Ireland, but this pumpkin uses motifs such as flowers, vegetables and fruits that are reminiscent of traditional Thai carvings.

The Oldest Business in the World

Founded over 1,400 years ago, Kongo Gumi is a Japanese temple-building company that's responsible for a number of the most famous structures in the Kansai area.

5 Tools for Getting Started with 'Sumi-e'

Japanese 'sumi-e' ink wash painting is a great hobby to pick up—it's cheap and easy to get started!

Cursed Swords on Display at Kuwana Museum

Don’t forget to purify your soul before heading to this museum’s display of samurai swords that were designed to do just one thing: kill.

Stunning Artworks Made with One Sheet of Paper

Japanese 'kiri-e' master SouMa doesn’t believe paper-cutting needs to be so two-dimensional.

Turn Your Smartphone into a Pokédex

True trainers will want to get their hands on a new cell phone cover that not only protects your phone, but even looks like a Pokédex!

Spinning into our Hearts

80-year-old Masaaki Hiroi has dedicated his life to handcrafting gorgeous wooden toys the old-fashioned way.

Pokémon Art with a Traditional Twist

Pokémon look more distinguished than ever in authentic 'ukiyo-e' that pay homage to a pair of feudal Japan’s greatest artists.

3 Pottery Trips from Japan's Biggest Cities

We've lined up three famous pottery towns that make easy day trips from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo.

Rainy Days are the Perfect Excuse for Pottery

A rainy day doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Pottery anyone?

Take Home a Piece of Niigata

Savor the prefecture’s finest produce long after your trip is over!

Put Your Phone to Rest on a Mini Futon

Not only does this tiny futon hold your smartphone, but it's even bestowed with blessings from the priests at Tokyo’s Anazawaten Shrine.

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