All About Japan

Mashikaku: Japan’s Edo-Era Typography Returns

In Edo-era Japan, several lettering styles known as 'Edomoji' were invented for advertising purposes. One design team wants to bring these characters back.

Photo Book Documents Ancient Pilgrimage Path

Witness the awe-inspiring shots captured by two photographers who spent eight days wandering ancient routes crisscrossing Japan's largest peninsula.

Mario Runs on a New Platform

Nintendo's newest game Mario game won't be available on a console, but rather on iOS devices!

Infographic Depicts Evolution of Technology

Designer Eisuke Tachikawa presents the evolution of technology as one, astounding, real-life infographic that visually lays out over 100 objects that have been integrated into the iPhone.

Mizuno Volleyball Gear Is Getting High Scores

If you know anything about volleyball, you likely know the name Mizuno. Find out how they ended up being long-time supporters of the U.S. volleyball team.

Get a Chance to Change Kyoto Tower's Color

For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice!

The New PlayStation VR Comes With a Mini PS4

The PlayStation VR Processor Unit acts as a middle man between the headset and the PS4 console itself.

Industrial World Heritage in Kyushu

Of the 23 sites in Japan recognized by UNESCO for contributing to the nation's Meiji Era industrial revolution, 16 are located in Kyushu.

A Great Way to Start Your Day

Get off on the right foot as soon as you step out of bed with a wake up call from 'Re:Zero's' Emilia or Ren.

A Traditional Twist on Nintendo Characters

Mario, Pokémon, Link, Star Fox and more are brought to life artistically through the same process used 200 years ago.

Ichinoyu Ryokan: The Hot Choice for Hakone

The Ichinoyu Group's Japanese-style inns, or 'ryokan,' can be found throughout the Hakone area, offering half a dozen luxuriously different ways to experience this famed hot spring region. Find out why they're hot, and which one suits you best!

A Cat's Eye View of Takehara

Forget about catching Pokémon, in the town of Takehara you can explore the streets and collect cats through the town's interactive website.

These Workers Put the Pro in Professsional

This video of Japanese professionals displaying some amazing feats will make your jaw drop!

Tatami Mats: Not Just for the Floor Anymore

If you've ever been to a traditional Japanese home, you've likely seen tatami mats on the floor. But have you ever seen it on furniture?!

Game Boy-ify Your Pictures with This Cool App

We take a look at a Japanese website that lets you transform your photos into 8-bit, Gameboy-style works of art!

Imaginative Artist Shows What Lies Beneath

The amazing and hyper-realistic works of artist Hikaru Cho will be on display in early October. Get the details here!

Turn Rough Sketches into Digital Art

With just a push of a button you can transform any hand-drawn sketches into digital artworks.

7 Nifty Knick-Knacks to Keep Around the House

Once again, Japan’s ¥100 shops prove that they're truly on the next level.

New Items from 3 Best-Selling Skincare Brands

Check out these new beauty products from some of Japan's best-selling brands!

7 Oddly Useful Items from the ¥100 Shop

These hot items, remarkably only ¥100, are sure to improve the quality of your life—or at least make it a little more interesting!

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