Building a Better Bakery
Check out this renovated Kyoto townhouse that was turned into a cheese tart shop and tech startup.
Meet Orizuru: the First Flying Origami Crane
This folded paper bird is geared up and ready for take off!
Hermès Opens New Pop-Up Shop in a Gion Machiya
Always stylish, a new pop-up shop from French high luxury fashion house Hermès opened up in a old-fashioned townhouse in the heart of Kyoto.
Of Love & Law: Japan’s First LGBT Law Firm
Filmmaker Hikaru Toda is working on an intriguing documentary about Fumi & Kazu, who run the first openly gay law firm in Japan.
6 Hokusai Watercolors Found in Netherlands?
In a stunning revelation, six Western-style watercolor paintings in the Netherlands have been suggested to be works of Katsushika Hokusai, the most famous 'ukiiyo-e' artist of Japan's Edo Period.
Masanori Aoyagi on Japan's World Heritage
When the sites of Japan’s Meiji industrial revolution were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, Highlighting Japan spoke with then-Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Masanori Aoyagi about the significance of World Heritage Sites in Japan.
5 Japanese Festivals in the US
Celebrating the incredible history and traditions of Japan—in America!
Take a Dip in Some Ramen Bath Salts
You may want to refrain from using these yummy-smelling bath powders when you’re hungry!
Kimuraya: Home of Anpan
With a history of over 140 years, Kimuraya still produces the first Japanese bread success—a bread confection called 'anpan.'
Legendary Art Director Turns a Bank into a Bar
Shuttered in 1945, the Kamakura Bank's legacy lived on as the building miraculously survived the war, as well Japan’s penchant for scrapping and building. And now, it's serving up drinks along with history.
This Map Just Might Change the World
This map of the world, which shows the globe more accurately as it is in 2016, just won Japan’s prestigious Design Award.
Sega’s Mega Drive/Genesis Lives Again!
This re-release of the classic 16-bit video game console won’t be manufactured by Sega, or even in Japan, but that won't stop us from buying one!
Magical Cloth Reverts Back to Origami Shape
No matter how much you stretch out this piece of cloth, it always comes back into its original crane form. See how!
Go 'Deep' in Osaka on an Amphibious Bus Tour
Not everyone can say they've seen Osaka Castle while inside of an amphibious vehicle. Here's your chance!
Gorgeous Tohoku Drawing Took 3.5 Years to Make
Artist Manabu Ikeda unveils a monumental pen and ink drawing, depicting scenes from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, that took nearly 3.5 years to complete.
Hot Spring Theme Park Might Become a Reality
This clip shows a number of jaw-dropping ideas for the spa-filled amusement park, including 'onsen' carousels and roller coasters filled with spring water.
Stick to Your Plans with New Calendar Tape
Japan is known for amusing, adorable and innovative stationery, and one Japanese company will help you get organized with rolls of tape that turn any notebook into a calendar or planner.
Amazing Japan in 20 Time-Lapse Videos at Night
Japan always looks gorgeous, day or night, and we present to you 20 incredible videos across the nation that show how it looks when the sun goes down, from the countryside to mountains and even major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
Get Creative with 5 Cool 'Irasuto-Pan' Recipes
Want to add a bit of character to your home-baked breads? Try out these 'irasuto-pan' recipes and create cuteness from crust to core.
Relive Your Childhood with Famicon Stationery
From clear folders and memo pads that can all fit snug into the tote bag, Famicon stationery is the perfect gift for your gaming friends this holiday season.