All About Japan

Masking Tape 'Paintings' Reproduce Famous Work

Japanese artist Nasa Funahara creates stunning recreations of classic art using a beautiful traditional form of masking tape.

Interactive Map of Real Life Ukiyo-e Locations

Ever been curious about where in Japan your favorite iconic ukiyo-e print is actually depicting? Wonder no more!

Early Morning Trains with a Side of Soba

In an attempt to alleviate the crush of morning rush hour, Tokyo Metro has started to offer people a tasty noodle breakfast to encourage passengers to ride earlier trains to work.

Hokusai's "Great Wave" Splashes in Moscow

Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is perhaps one of the most iconic images that Japan has ever exported. And it’s now emerged as a giant mural on the facade of a new development in Moscow.

Cleaning Up with the Help of Ceramics

Water pollution is a serious problem affecting many parts of the world. Researchers in Japan have come up with a natural solution—custom-made ceramic rocks. Let’s take a look at how plant-based pebbles are cleaning up ponds and seawater in Nagasaki

Immersive Exhibit Shows Night View of Earth

Japanese designer Eisuke Tachikawa created a technological art installation inspired by the illuminating statement of a Japanese astronaut who viewed the world from space.

Limited-Time Redesign for Classic Snack, Pocky

For a limited time, Pocky, one of Japan’s most popular and well-known snacks, has tweaked its packaging design to be sleek and minimal.

Onitsuka Tiger: Shoes Running Around the World

Onitsuka Tiger is an iconic shoe brand produced by sporting goods company ASICS. Despite once disappearing from the market, it has been revived as a fashionable sneaker brand with global popularity.

"Fall" for this Incredible Coloring Technique

Japanese artist and Twitter user Kotetsu combines illustration, photography, and the Japanese art of kirie to create breathtakingly beautiful artwork.

Word Magic & Flights of the Imagination

Children’s author Eiko Kadono, who won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018, discusses her creative environment and behind-the-scenes stories related to writing works such as her most famous book, "Kiki’s Delivery Service."

Zoo Hopes to Help Japan's Traditional Dogs

A zoo in Wakayama Prefecture will be showcasing traditional Japanese Kishu Inu in hopes of increasing owners, and keeping the breed strong.

Battling Child Poverty One Offering at a Time

Nearly 1,000 temples throughout Japan are banding together to help combat child poverty thanks to devotional offerings and the charitable organization, the 'Otera Oyatsu Club.'

The Origins of the Tough G-SHOCK Watch

Over a hundred million G-SHOCK wristwatches have been shipped for sale to customers around the world since the brand debuted in 1983. This shockproof line of timepieces is a prime example of Japan’s high-quality manufacturing.

Check Out a Tricky New Sign at Haneda Airport

A train operator gets creative using optical illusions in the hopes of enhancing safety of passengers from Haneda Airport.

Bread Artists Creations Look Too Good to Eat!

One Japanese artist has been heating up the bread community with her adorable toast art.

Universal Cool Japan 2019 Spring Attractions!

Universal Studio's Japan revealed its newest attractions, all of which are inspired by icons from the world of Japanese pop-culture. We got an exclusive sneak peek just ahead of the official unveiling on Friday, January 18!

A Country Town Open to Diversity & Possibility

In the town of Kamiyama, tucked away in a valley of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, the population is about a quarter of what it was six decades ago. But Shinya Ominami wants to make the town a place where diverse groups can gather.

Memory Game Uses Japanese Manhole Art

A Japanese design firm has developed a distinctly Japanese version of the classic memory game, Concentration, using the awesome art found on manhole covers throughout the country!

Super Mario to Help Punch Up Your Baked Goods

Now you can whip up some chocolates your gamer sweetheart will want more than any super mushroom! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo has released two silicone cooking trays inspired by its flagship franchise.

Photographs of Snow Covered Tokyo

Japanese photographer Yusuke Komatsu's "Snow in Tokyo" series shows the beauty of Japan's huge metropolis on the rare occasions it receives snowfall.

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