All About Japan

Explore the Process of Making Japanese Swords

After watching this short tutorial on how to make a katana, you may find yourself wanting to become a swordsmith!

Palm-Sized Japanese Buildings & Furniture

Smaller than a thumbnail, but with tons of detail, these miniature dioramas would be perfect for Ghibli's Arrietty!

Train Postcards Represent Your Favorite Lines

Want to show your love for your favorite train line? With these wonderful train postcards, your dream is now a reality!

Innovations in Japan Blue

'Ai' indigo dye, known as Japan Blue, has been in use since the year 1500, with new applications continuously being innovated over time.

Low Pixel CG Ceramic Artwork by Toshiya Masuda

What happens when you mix digital art with ceramics? Explore an interesting art style known as 'image gap'!

Akiu Crafts Park in Miyagi

Get a hands-on experience with nine different tradition crafts from Miyagi Prefecture.

Ghibli in a Bottle?

These miniature models bear a striking resemblance to Ghibli's 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky' or the island of Merveille from 'One Piece.'

Take Your Shelves on the Plane

Japanese furniture designer creates 'tansu' luggage, innovating a unique and yet somehow traditional approach to travel.

Order Beautiful Japanese Calligraphy Online

Brushstock. offers almost 13,000 calligraphy motif products designed by professional calligraphers.

A Goth's Dream Doll

These porcelain figures would no doubt have been the go-to dolls for Emily Strange.

Netsuke: Ancient Pocket Charms from Edo Japan

Take a look inside the beautiful and historical world of Japanese 'netsuke.'

Hammering Out the Shinkansen's Face by Hand

Just one company in Japan, with a mere 40 employees, uses hand hammering techniques to produce many of the Shinkansen's distinctive shapes.

Tools with a Happy Twist

Yuma Kano wants to cover the world with smiley-faced screws.

Make Your Own Ninja Stars

You too can master the art of throwing ninja stars by practicing with homemade paper shuriken.

Iro Ken's Playful Paper Mobiles

When you're the son of comedians, your art tends to come out with a sense of humor.

Unique Lacquered Deerskin & Pac-Man Leather

Pac-Man is back and beautiful! Don't miss your chance to buy uniquely crafted leather products from Inden-ya.

3 Top-of-the-Line Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi are traditional Japanese dolls expertly carved from wood. You’ve probably seen them around Japan, and after reading this article, you may want to start your own collection!

Art Student Creates a 'Plock'

Tick tock, what's a plock? Check out this hand-carved wooden clock that has over 400 moving pieces!

Tour Miyazaki through 6 Incredible Videos

Ancient shrines, traditional crafts, horseback riding, surfing, golf, great food and more all crammed against some of the most picturesque coastline you could hope to see. This is Miyazaki!

Japanese Porcelain Prized by Chefs Overseas

With a 400-year tradition, Arita is the oldest among Japan's various porcelain-making regions, and Arita porcelain exported to Europe in the 17th century had a strong influence on what would become Germany's Meissen porcelain brand.

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