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A Musical Scale to Maintain Social Distance

A mural by Eisuke Tachikawa is helping visitors to the Minato Mirai Hall stay socially distant while possibly getting the first few notes of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie stuck in their head.

Tokyo Building Shaded by Hinoki Wood Curtain

Witness the cool and cooling wood-curtain collaboration made by the team of Tsukagoshi Miyashita Architects and structural engineer Yasuhiro Kaneda.

Stylish Library Nicknamed Forest of Aphorisms

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

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.

The Great Wave of Lego Bricks

Japan’s only certified professional Lego block builder pays homage to one of Japan's most influential woodblock prints with this epic Lego masterpiece.

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.

Artist Makes 3D Sculptures of Strange Pet Pics

For one artist, scrolling past cute viral pics of animals is enough to inspire crafting sculptures that imagine new creatures.

Ceramics Workshop Designed by Kengo Kuma

Star architect Kengo Kuma puts his signature stamp on yet another building with this ceramics museum and workshop in Komatsu.

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.

Bake Up Some Yummy Bricks This Holiday

Give the architect in your family a chance to make bricks in the kitchen. Edible ones of course!

Eye-Catching Pieces from ArtKyoto 2020

ArtKyoto is back and we've got the scoop on some of the coolest artworks on exhibit this year.

Worship Your Feline Friend with Its Own Shrine

Your cat already walks around like a god of the house, so why not get a cardboard shrine to show your true devotion.

Do You Want to Bring a Snowman?

If your snowperson wants to see more than just the front yard, we've found the perfect carrying case you never knew you needed.

Turning Fashion Trash to Functioning Treasure

A Japanese designer has created a stunning, yet functioning chair that's made entirely from excess fabric from the fast fashion industry.

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.

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!

Now You Can Stay in Arata Endo's 1928 Villa

If you're a fan of the prairie-style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, you have to check out the works he inspired under the talented hands of Japanese architect Arata Endo. One villa in particular, just outside of Tokyo, is ready for short-term stays.

Get Yours Hands on Some Handcrafted Pottery

Our friends at Spoon & Tamago are bringing you the best of the best in design across Japan. And the first featured artisan in the S&T shop has been announced. Click through to learn more about the chosen craftsperson.

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.

Celebrities Pose for Playful, Stylized Photos

Welcome to the imaginative world of art director Yuni Yoshida, who has been using celebs to create magical images that play with the way we see reality.

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