All About Japan

The Tokyo Home with a 360° Mezzanine

Splitting the first and second floor of this Tokyo home is a 360-degree mezzanine surrounded by raised windows that circle around the house.

City Hall Gets More Visitors than Theme Parks

Aore City Hall was envisioned as a place where people would want to congregate. And it worked.

A Preschool Built for Puddles

Dai-ichi Yochien's new courtyard is designed to accumulate rain water to create a gigantic, pool-like puddle for the kids to play in.

Timber Slats Catch the Light on Awaji Island

The IZUE architecture firm, powered by three talented architects, decided to construct the perfect island getaway on the Seto Inland Sea.

6 Designer Public Restrooms

While the public restroom has largely been shunned as an architectural subject in the Western world, in Japan it stands as its own archetype.

Innovations in Early Education Design

The incredible architectural work of Youji no Shiro.

Shared Office Designed Around Food & Community

STOCK offers a 15-meter kitchen, two floors of storage and a community vibe starting from ¥18,000 per month.

Public Toilet Looks Like a Mountain of Dessert

Artist Minako Nishiyama conceived of the project as part of the 2015 Oita Toilennale, perhaps the world’s first art festival dedicated to toilets.

Live Simply

Thinking of relying on the bare necessities when it comes to putting a roof over your head? Well, Muji has got you covered.

A Modern Twist for Lacquer

Once used for salad bowls and decorative plates, lacquerware has found a new shape to wrap its sleek exterior around—iPhones.

A Revolutionary & Stylish Footwear Redesign

YaCHAIKA shoes maintain a chic profile while taking the pain out of walking in heels.

Mountainside Embedded with Geothermal Homes

Explore this undulating, seven-unit residential building inserted into the side of a mountain in Kagawa Prefecture.

Incredible Bamboo Grove Office in Nagoya

Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio’s new office space in Nagoya City is an elegant homage to the postmodern aesthetic.

Hand-made Cat Bags Fur-storm Twitter

Twitter user @picopoco08 describes herself as cat-loving housewife who also enjoys “making cats”—as in, stuffed cat toys and bags.

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