All About Japan

Keeping You Cool While Being Cute

This adorable seal is storing some secrets in its belly!

Hydrophobic Brollies Make Light of Heavy Rain

Don't let a soggy umbrella get you down! With these water-resistant umbrellas, both you and your brolly will be water-drop free!

Grab Hold of These Hanging Animal 'Furoshiki'

These fun, animal-print wrapping cloths can be used in a number of ways!

Flower Vases Made From Repurposed Wormy Wood

Wood is a subject of taste — from the beetles who enjoy eating it, to the designers who enjoy reusing it.

Wall Art Doubles as a Light-Emitting Lantern

Is it a lantern? Is it a photo of a lantern? Is it wall art? Well, it’s all of the above. And it’s the latest innovation from the mind-bending design duo YOY!

This Pencil Certainly Has a Green Thumb!

Once its life as a pencil is over, this innovative piece of stationery will color your garden by blooming into one of a variety of edible plants.

How About a Dome House?

While Japanese builders have had more than a millennium of practice in designing earthquake-resistant structures, the dome house presents a new option—using an unlikely building material.

Guardian of Travelers Now on Traffic Cones

These traffic cones are not only a sign of danger ahead, but will also protect you on your journey.

Bespectacled Rice Made by Farmers with Glasses

This product literally puts a face with a name!

Cones of Light Create Abstract Trees

Take a look at how this Japanese architect stages an immersive installation made up primarily of light for an interactive forest experience!

The Latest Addition to Japan’s 'Art Islands'

This new hotel development will amplify your urge to visit the Setouchi Art Islands!

Seek Shelter Under this 'Foliage Umbrella'

Rain or shine, this is the perfect umbrella for whatever the weather.

Garage Garden Designed by Landscape Artist

Home garages are often seen as an addition to a house, solely purposed to park a car. However, this unique landscape artist takes gardening one step further, by complimenting a homeowner's vehicle with his design!

Molecular Structure of Glass, Done in Glass

A Japanese design firm has recreated the molecular structure of glass—magnified one billion times—out of 5,000 pieces of glass.

Natural Disaster Survival Tube

This versatile emergency preparedness kit is smaller than a standard umbrella!

Gorgeous Fish Tank with Living Ferns Inside

Designer Haruka Misawa places an air bubble in a fish tank to stunning effect. It even helps feed the fish!

Wear Pandas & Space Cats on Your Back

From designs inspired by traditional 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints to pandas and space cats, these kimono jackets are sure to turn heads when you step out the door.

Treehouse Built Around 300-Year-Old Tree

A treehouse can be a sacred fortress for a kid, or even just a really fun piece of outdoor architecture for anyone who doesn't suffer from acrophobia. But if you plan to visit this treehouse, you'll have to make a reservation!

En-Gi Green Furniture by Mono Goen

This charming furniture design isn't just a place to sit and read a story, it IS the story!

7 Japanese Gadgets You Can't Live Without!

During your stay you may come in contact with these seven gadgets that help make life in Japan a little bit easier. But as soon as you leave, you'll be wishing you had one at home, too!

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