All About Japan

Hakone Yosegi Zaiku: World of Woodcraft

Hakone 'yosegi zaiku' is a kind of woodworking technique typically used to make puzzle boxes with elaborate opening mechanisms. Not only do they make a great gift—at the Hakone Trick Museum you can even make one of your own!

Kitchen-Haven Kappabashi Has More Than Knives

Previously, we've published articles about buying knives in Kappabashi, but this 'shotengai' has more on offer than just cutlery! Let's take a tour together and see a sharper side of this shopping street.

A Toast to Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the beloved game's 30th anniversary with this 30 year old whiskey! Pre-orders are being accepted by Japanese liquor retailer Shinanoya for the commemorative Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary whiskey.

Try Amazing Food at Tanabata Matsuri in Sendai

It was very hot when we went to Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, to see this gorgeous Tanabata Masturi, but nothing can stop us from having fun!

The Historical Stores of Ginza

Ginza has been associated with wealth ever since a silver coin mint was established here early in the Edo Period. Quite a few old shops got their start here, making Ginza a great center for some historical shopping!

Global Stars Shine Light on Tohoku-Made Goods

Yamagata casting is considered one of the national treasures among traditional Japanese crafts, as seen on the TV program 'Streets to Tohoku and Hokkaido, Japan.' But thanks to online shopping, you don't have to fly to Japan to own a piece of history.

Pixel Puppies Might Be the Perfect Pet

One Japanese artist combines cuteness and nostalgia in his latest line of colorful sculptures. Plus, they're already housebroken!

How to Get the Most out of Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo, and an essential part of any visit. But it's easy to feel a little underwhelmed—like you're just scratching the surface. Here's how to make sure you get the most out of this hot tourist spot!

Innovative Aichi Illumination Made by Plumber

In a small town in Aichi Prefecture, a plumber and his family have created an icy winter illumination to warm the hearts of visitors.

Get Ready for Summer with Sailor Moon Yukata

Experience your own 'miracle romance' in one of these Sailor Moon summer kimono sets.

Sharpen Your Look With Damascus Steel Watches

Wear a unique, exquisite timepiece filled with Japanese sword tradition on your wrist.

Cuddle Up with Your Very Own Lapras!

Recreate Ash’s voyage around the Orange Archipelago without ever leaving your living room.

5 Must-Visit Department Stores in Japan

Department stores in Japan have a lot to offer, from brand name to local products, all under one roof. This article will introduce five must-visit stores in Japan that achieved fame through high consumer satisfaction in a nationwide survey.

Designers Ring in the Year of the Dog in Style

New Year's cards are an important Japanese tradition, and our friends at Spoon & Tamago have compiled some of the most stylish cards from Japanese artists around the country.

Katamachi: The Oldest Shopping Street in Japan

Kanazawa has attracted a vast amount of international tourists since the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. It has lots of scenic sites including Katamachi, the oldest shopping street in Japan.

Giant Cat Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind!

One Japanese artist combines an obscure part of Japanese history with his iconic aesthetic to create incredible, large-scale cat sculptures.

Taking Denim Beyond the Jean Jacket

Hiroshima is known for its denim. But the denim being made here may not be the kind of denim you know!

Beautify Your Skin with Star Wars Face Masks

These face packs transform you into 'Star Wars' heroes and villains; just the thing to re-moisturize your skin from too much time on dry Tatooine.

Use a Japanese 'Hottie' to Keep Warm in Winter

Survive the harsh Japanese winter by cuddling up in bed with this hot little number.

Japanese Artist Gives Old Stones New Life

This artist from Saitama Prefecture gives new meaning to the old phrase 'art imitates life!'