All About Japan

Every Animator's Dream Desk

This DIY project by a Japanese animator is complete with an embedded graphics tablet!

An 8-Day Journey Through the 'Rising Dragon'

Travel through the 'Rising Dragon' region of Japan, where you'll find ancient shrines, exquisite gold leaf, top-ranked gardens, incredible festivals, panoramic mountain views, plus markets, museums, kabuki and more!

The Darker Side: 'Star Wars' Ink Portraits

'Bujin-ga' artist Masayuki Kojo captures characters from 'Star Wars,' creating versions of Darth Vader and the storm troopers like never before.

Make Summer-Inspired Pottery in Kamakura

How about making your own ceramic dish as a special souvenir of your visit to Kamakura? The cool blue and white glazes are perfect complements to the summer season, and beginners are welcome!

Stunning Artworks Made with One Sheet of Paper

Japanese 'kiri-e' master SouMa doesn’t believe paper-cutting needs to be so two-dimensional.

A Beautiful Blend of Japanese Artistry

One skilled Japanese artist creates intricate cut-paper origami cranes that are so finely detailed, you'll have to see it to believe it.

Pokémon Art with a Traditional Twist

Pokémon look more distinguished than ever in authentic 'ukiyo-e' that pay homage to a pair of feudal Japan’s greatest artists.

These Aren't Your Average Origami

This Japanese Twitter user stunned us with his amazing origami skills by using only one single piece of paper to create elaborate animals and historical figures.

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.

A Traditional Twist on Nintendo Characters

Mario, Pokémon, Link, Star Fox and more are brought to life artistically through the same process used 200 years ago.

UNESCO Sites in the Tokyo Area

Tokyo is great for food, shopping and relaxation. But you should know there are also a handful of stellar World Heritage Sites right in the area!

A Jack-o'-Lantern That Bridges Cultures

Jack-o'-lanterns might have originated in Ireland, but this pumpkin uses motifs such as flowers, vegetables and fruits that are reminiscent of traditional Thai carvings.

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.

Incredible Rolled Newspaper Animal Sculptures

Inspired by her encounter with a rhino in Africa, artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly lifelike sculptures of animals—out of newspaper!

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.

5 Fantastic Character Bread Recipes

Find out how to make fluffy, edible versions of Totoro, Baymax, Winnie the Pooh and more!

Beauty Inside & Out: World Heritage Art Museum

Of the 17 World Heritage buildings that make up 'The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement,' Tokyo boasts the only one in East Asia.

Turn Rough Sketches into Digital Art

With just a push of a button you can transform any hand-drawn sketches into digital artworks.

Japan's 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Every traveler to Japan should be sure to visit at least a few of the nation's stellar World Heritage Sites, ranging from 1,000-year-old temples and shrines to breathtaking natural biospheres.

Imaginative Artist Shows What Lies Beneath

The amazing and hyper-realistic works of artist Hikaru Cho will be on display in early October. Get the details here!

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