All About Japan

5 Tools for Getting Started with 'Sumi-e'

Japanese 'sumi-e' ink wash painting is a great hobby to pick up—it's cheap and easy to get started!

Masterful Memo Blocks & Drawing Pads

These memo blocks and drawing pads are so good they garnered a Good Design Award and have been featured in the UK's Monocle Magazine.

4 Best Spots for Cheap Souvenirs in Tokyo

Don't let Tokyo prices deter you from coming home with souvenirs—you just need to know where to look!

7 Prime Presents from the ¥100 Shop

These great items may only be ¥108 after tax, but your friends and family don't need to know that! And the quality's so good, they probably won't be able to tell!

Dustless Chalk & Erasable Window Crayons

Make playtime a little cleaner with dustless chalk made from scallop shells, and crayons that can draw on windows and then wash off like the art was never there!

Design on a Dime: ¥100 Art Supplies

Being creative doesn't have to be costly thanks to the numerous ¥100 shops around Japan.

10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.

Have a Cuppa in Kanazawa’s Old Town

While traveling in Kanazawa, be sure to stop for a nice, fresh cup of tea from a tea shop dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868)!

Perfectly Equipped Tablecloth for Craft Fairs

Check out this tablecloth specifically designed for fair booths, and how it makes all the difference in staying organized!

Painted Imaginary Camouflaged Leaf Insects

To avoid becoming prey, leaf insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings. But what happens when the insect's natural environment has been completely destroyed?

A Clever New Way to Display Your Figurines

Keep your figurines dust-free and set up in beautiful environments with this easy idea from Japan!

3 Historic Fan Shops in Kyoto

Japanese fans are as much about fashion and art as they are about keeping cool, and these traditional shops have really mastered the craft!

12 Things Every ALT Needs from the ¥100 Shop

Being an ALT is a resource-intensive profession. The ¥100 shop has almost everything you need to be ready for the classroom!

New Akihabara Animate for Your Ikemen Needs

Opened on June 16, 2016, Akiba Girls Station is a massive, seven-floor shopping center dedicated entirely to anime/manga for the female audience.

Dive into a Daiso

Take a four-minute tour through all the weird and wonderful stuff at Daiso, Japan's largest ¥100 chain.

4 Ingenious Office Supplies from Japan

Make quick work of your office tasks with these modern and ergonomic tools—great for scrapbooking fans!

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.

¥100 Shop Stationery

From basic writing tools to adorable character goods, ¥100 shops are the choice for getting papered in style—without breaking the bank!

Baby Keepsake Calligraphy Brushes

The concept of saving your baby's hair after their first haircut isn't uncommon, but families in Japan can opt to turn those shorn locks into unique calligraphy brushes!

Looking for a Next-Level Sharpener?

Made in Osaka, these next-level pencil and makeup sharpeners boast of being 'light as an apple peel, sharp as a samurai sword.' Try them out to be sure!

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