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Moody Kiri-e Work from Musashino Arts Student

Musashino Arts University student Ayaka Chigira created this masterpiece by only cutting pieces from a single piece of paper!

Photographer's Creative Urban Building Cutouts

Photographer Ken Ohyama is highlighting his passion for urban environments with these cool cutouts of buildings across the country.

Salt Used to Create Stunning Sakura Artwork

Artist Motoi Yamamoto's latest work is a moving tribute to his family, the fallen petals in his life.

Art Student Turns Polished Stones into Sushi

Mistake these rocks for raw fish and you'll likely lose more than your appetite!

Stylish Library Nicknamed Forest of Aphorisms

Residents of Nasushiobara City as flocking to the new library built by hometown designer Mari Ito.

Toilet Wonders of the Architectural World

Head to Shibuya in Tokyo to experience toilets like you've never experienced them before.

250+ Free Pictograms All About Life in Japan

Graphic designer Kenya Hara and Nippon Design Center have created over 250 pictograms supporting tourism visually. And you can get them for free!

Haruki Murakami & Uniqlo's Very Unique Collabo

One of Japan's most prolific authors has something new for fans: a collaboration with Uniqlo!

Taro Award Winner Is Youngest Ever at 17

The incredibly bold paintings of Chifu Onishi took home the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, making her the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.

Book Designs for Ishiguro's New Novel Released

We've got the scoop on prolific author Kazuo Ishiguro's latest book cover designs. But why are they so dramatically different?

Colorful Couture Inspired by Jomon-Era Pottery

A fashion student is representing traditional Japanese pottery with his haute couture dressed that share more than a passing resemblance to ancient Jomon design.

Junya Ishigami's Sloping Plaza for Students

The youngest ever recipient of the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize has returned to the Kanagawa Institute of Technology to provide a unique space for students to unlock their creative potential.

Louis Vuitton's Water Design Shimmers in Ginza

Check out the awesome new storefront awaiting you at Ginza's Louis Vuitton.

Artist Onogawa's 1-Centimeter-Wide Origami

Naoki Onogawa is sending up a tribute to the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami with his incredibly tiny origami prayer cranes.

The Mesmerizing Art of Munakata Shiko

A major retrospective looks at how "time" and "place" shaped famous 20th c. printmaker Munakata Shiko.

Small Spaces, Part II: Japanese Ideas for Small and Tiny Homes

The second of a series on innovative, space-saving methods from traditional and modern Japanese architecture that can be used in any home, regardless of size.

Floating Concrete Block Hides Stylish Restroom

This new public restroom in Sendagaya, just steps away from the new Tokyo National Stadium, may look like a floating slab of cold concrete, but the inside is warm and welcoming with rich wood you have to see for yourself.

Small Spaces, Part IV: Japanese Ideas for Small and Tiny Homes

The fourth of a series on innovative, space-saving methods from traditional and modern Japanese architecture that can be used in any home, regardless of size.

Naohiko Shimoda's Creative Corner Kamidana

Kamidana are miniature altars that can be found in many Japanese homes. However, architect Naohiko Shimoda came up with one that highlights the corners of rooms, blending traditional and modern aesthetics.

New Library Dedicated to Haruki Murakami

Everything you want to know about author Haruki Murakami's new Kengo Kuma-designed, Uniqlo-funded library

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