All About Japan

An Old Spin on Some Modern Characters

From Disney's Frozen to One Piece, these animated classics are getting an 'ukiyo-e'-style makeover!

Top Photogenic Spots in Shikoku, Japan

One of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku is full of charm. Being a remote island, it has a lot of unique attractions that you simply cannot see anywhere else. Get ready with your camera and take shots of these picturesque spots!

7+ Kinds of Calligraphy Brushes

The kind of calligraphy brush you need depends on the kind of lines you want to draw. Here are seven-plus options from a historic shop in Toyohashi that you can order from anywhere!

Ukiyo-e Isn't Just Skin Deep

This collection of ukiyo-e prints illustrates what's going on deep inside the body.

Autumn is for the Arts in Japan

As the heat and humidity drop and the leaves start to change color in Japan, there’s almost poetry in the air. Autumn is the season of the arts!

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!

A Darker Version of 'The Little Mermaid'

Brought to life by legendary artist Yayoi Kusama, this collaboration brilliantly illustrates the original Hans Christian Andersen classic.

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!

How to Use Manga Pens

Learn how to get started with the most essential manga tools right here!

Light Up Paper Cities with the Stroke of a Pen

The special ink found in this pen conducts electricity, allowing you to draw circuits and create your own illuminated pop-up cities, houses or whatever else your creative mind can dream up!

Otherworldly Transformation of Simple Ceramics

This ceramic artist takes utilitarian vessels and transforms them into otherworldly objects.

A Ghibli Land We'd Love to See in Real Life

While the Ghibli Museum is wonderful, if only it could be built, who wouldn't pay through the nose to visit this incredible, full-blown Ghibli theme park?

The 5 Top-Searched Hotels in Tokyo

From movie and Japanese pop-culture fans to those who just want a simple room, these 5 top-searched Tokyo hotels will provide you with excitement, comfort, and definitely a good night’s rest.

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!

What Would Cities Look Like “Tokyo-ized”!

What would your city look like if it became a sister city of Tokyo?!

Ghibli Celebrates 30 Years of Filmmaking

Studio Ghibli celebrates 30 years of filmmaking with a Roppongi exhibition filled with tons of memorabilia, Ghibli-themed food and limited-edition toys!

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?

Japanese Baker Reveals Beautiful Bread Art

Using a combination of all-natural ingredients, this talented creator colors beautiful and intricate illustrations for loaves that are as cute as they are delicious!

Umi Hashi: Chopsticks Made from Ocean Plastic

See how this graduate turns ocean waist into useful tools for eating!

Surreal Acrylic Paintings of Animals as Bonsai

Check out these mosaic acrylic paintings by Japanese artist Takumi Kama.

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