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Endlessly Changing Paintings Bring Art to Life

One artist's innovative techniques bring her paintings to life on the canvas.

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!

Sailor Moon & Senshi Squad to Grace Postcards

With gorgeous illustrations, we doubt these Sailor Moon postcards and stamps will be sent in the mail anytime soon.

Duty-Free Shopping as Soon as You Land

Travelers to Japan are now able shop duty free in the immediate arrival area of Narita Airport's Terminal 2, eliminating the need to carry heavy purchases on-board beforehand.

Glimpse the Artistic Side of Yokohama

One artistic taxi driver uses photography to capture the everyday poetry of his job.

Japanese Artist Gives Old Stones New Life

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

Must-See Art Festivals After Summer

Summer festival season is winding down, but there are still fantastic ways to appreciate art around the country through to New Year's!

Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life

Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.

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.

Cut Through Paper with Katana Scissors

Not only are these scissors in the shape of Japanese swords, but their designs are inspired by four famous samurai.

The Neo-Pop Kimono Art of Akira Times

One artist is pushing the envelope with his unique artist vision of Japanese kimono.

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.

Finding Beauty in the Crowd

Tokyo is one of the world's most densely populated metropolitan cities, and one artist is finding beauty in the everyday clutter.

These Stray Cats Have Serious Ninja Skills!

A Kyushu-based photographer is snapping shots of adorable strays while they demonstrate their purrfect form!

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!

Empty Vessels Full of Meaning

Japanese artist Norihiko Terayama's work explores what happens when decoration overtakes form and function.

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.

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!

Things to Do Around Hakone-Yumoto Station

Visitors to Hakone have to change trains at Hakone-Yumoto Station, meaning you always have a bit of time to kill. With temples, forest adventures, souvenir shopping and the Eva store, there's plenty to do while you wait!

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.

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