Cement Your Friendship With a Custom Seal
For the perfect birthday present, choose from a full array of 366 'hana komon' seals, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism.
The Neo-Pop Kimono Art of Akira Times
One artist is pushing the envelope with his unique artist vision of Japanese kimono.
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.
How to Draw Intimate 'Boys Love' Scenes
From hugs to piggybacks and intimate kisses, this reference manual is filled with romantic male-on-male BL scenarios.
Neko Box Delivering Spring to Your Doorstep
Neko Box is a subscription service that makes sure you get quality goods from Japan each month. Let's see what waiting for us this time in the Hanami Box!
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!
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!
Bonsai & Origami Combine in New Japanese Art
Folding paper into origami shapes is hard enough, but folding a less-than-half-inch piece of paper into a crane and placing it onto a bonsai tree branch takes some serious skills!
New Natural Objects Preserved in Acrylic Cubes
Ever stumble upon a beautiful leaf or flower and wish you could freeze it in time, keeping it forever without it withering away? That was the idea behind Sola Cubes! And there are even more objects available to beautify your home!
These Stray Cats Have Serious Ninja Skills!
A Kyushu-based photographer is snapping shots of adorable strays while they demonstrate their purrfect form!
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.
Endlessly Changing Paintings Bring Art to Life
One artist's innovative techniques bring her paintings to life on the canvas.
Touching Last Photos of Grandmother & Grandson
In 2011, Akihito Yoshida discovered a very special relationship between his younger cousin and his grandmother. He photographed the pair, which sadly captures the memories of two people no longer with us in this beautiful but tragic story.
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.
Glimpse the Artistic Side of Yokohama
One artistic taxi driver uses photography to capture the everyday poetry of his job.
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!
Otherworldly Art Explores the Duality of Life
Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates mesmerizing, contemplative wooden sculptures that ask big questions about our complicated world.
Tenjin-san Flea Market
If you're visiting Kyoto around the 25th of any month, be sure to stop by one of the largest shrine markets in the Kansai area and get yourself a souvenir! You'll be surprised at what's in store for you!
Japanese Paper Puppets Transform with a Tap
Check out these 'karakuri' puppets that are hiding something... until you tap or squeeze them.
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.