Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology
Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.
Stationery Supplies Look Good Enough to Eat!
Japan’s love for all things stationery can’t be denied. And their reputation as a nation of foodies also holds true. So it was only a matter of time before the two collided.
A Home Embracing the Art of Clutter
An Osaka-based designer created a house to showcase the beauty of having a personal hoard.
A Night in Prison Never Looked So Appealing
The historic, decommissioned Nara Prison in Nara Prefecture is scheduled to be renovated and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2020.
Explore an 'Underground Temple' Near Tokyo
Want to see another side of Japan? The world's largest storm drain is underneath the city of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture, just begging to be explored!
The Aerial Beauty of Japanese Highways
While they may seem perfectly mundane from ground level, Japanese highways are marvels of structural engineering, and look incredible from a bird's-eye view.
Riding in a Transformer Will Soon be a Reality
With help from the designer of the original Gundam, Japan now has a transforming giant robot/car that two full-sized adults can ride in. Seriously—it's kind of amazing.
Living Large in Tiny Japanese Houses
This latest trend in Japanese architecture sees people living in minimalist homes to minimize cost and maximize their time.
Designers Ring in the Year of the Dog in Style
New Year's cards are an important Japanese tradition, and our friends at Spoon & Tamago have compiled some of the most stylish cards from Japanese artists around the country.
Tokyo Tower 'Top Deck Tour' Now Open
Visitors to Tokyo Tower's new Top Deck viewing platform get to enjoy VIP treatment along with the stunning Tokyo skyline.
Classy, Custom-Fitted Pokémon Dress Shirts
There's a stylish new watch to catch 'em all—fans of the Pokémon series can now wear their favorite critters with these original designs for custom-fitted dress shirts.
Architect Designs 'Tree House' in Tokyo
Seeking respite from boring office spaces and stark building, a Japanese architect designed a building in harmony with nature.
A Look Behind the Yen Makeover
Japan's currency is getting a big makeover for 2024. Learn a little bit more about the reasoning and process behind the change!
Onitsuka Tiger: Shoes Running Around the World
Onitsuka Tiger is an iconic shoe brand produced by sporting goods company ASICS. Despite once disappearing from the market, it has been revived as a fashionable sneaker brand with global popularity.
Say 'I Choose You' & 'I Do' With Pikachu
These Pikachu wedding rings and engagement rings are so gorgeous you don't need to be a Pokémon fan to appreciate them... but it helps!
Tokyo's Bizarre Architectural Wonders
There's no doubt that Tokyo is an architectural marvel! But with so many buildings, there's bound to be a few that stand out for their unique design. Check out these five examples of Tokyo's most bizarre architectural wonders!
Canvas Comes Alive in Immersive Installation
Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa has created an incredible, immersive installation that truly brings canvas to life!
Limited-Time Redesign for Classic Snack, Pocky
For a limited time, Pocky, one of Japan’s most popular and well-known snacks, has tweaked its packaging design to be sleek and minimal.
Japanese Manholes: Art Under Your Feet
There is so much to see in Japan. You can look up at the skyscrapers of Tokyo, look in the distance to see the peak of Mount Fuji, look along every one of Kyoto's ancient cobbled streets. But did you know that there is a lot to see right under your feet?
Sharpen Your Look With Damascus Steel Watches
Wear a unique, exquisite timepiece filled with Japanese sword tradition on your wrist.