All About Japan

5 Temples & Shrines for Design Lovers

These stylish temples and shrines juxtapose the traditional and the modern.

NekoPOP’s Best J-Pop Album Covers 2015

Chosen by NekoPOP contributors David Cirone, Jen Wang, Nhu Nguyen and Greg Hignight, the full list of stylish selections includes AKB48, Kalafina, Capsule, Tomomi Itano, Perfume and many more!

2016 Designer New Year’s Cards

Each year Spoon & Tamago selects a handful of its favourite "nengajo," or New Year’s cards, created by Japanese designers, illustrators and other creatives.

400-Year-Old Bathhouse Gets a Facelift

Faced with a dwindling clientele, Gunma's Maruhon Inn asked KuboTsushima Architects to redesign its bathhouse. The result is welcoming space that invites guests to relax and rejuvenate.

This Sleek Tokyo House is Just 6 Feet Wide!

With four stories and dynamic interior design, it still offers 860 square feet (80 sqm) of living space.

8 Beautiful Bags from Around Japan

Here you'll find an environmental friendly corrugated cardboard bag, as well as the so-called "Bank Robber" bag, which would definitely work well in a big-budget Hollywood heist movie!

Origami-Style Lamp

Neither scissors nor glue are needed for this DIY project that can brighten up any room.

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2015

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album and single jackets for 2015, including Man With A Mission, Plastic Tree, Golden Bomber, The GazettE, and many more!

The Secrets in Japan's 2016 New Year's Cards

Can you spot the tiny crustaceans in this image? What else are Japan Post's 2016 "nengajo" hiding?

Personalize Your Stamp with Cats!

Whether you're signing for a package or opening a new bank account, you'll need a "hanko" in Japan. But why settle for drab when you can have kitty-fab!

The Top 8 Stationery from The Wonder 500™

These designs can make working at the office—or on your own pursuits at home—that much more enjoyable!

Finalists Announced for New 2020 Tokyo Stadium

Two competing groups have offered proposals coming in at just under ¥150 billion, which is about half of what the original Zaha Hadid stadium was going to cost.

5 Cool Products Merging Tech & Tradition

Possibly the best image of Japan is as a place where ultra-modern, high technology meets traditional principles and design.

6 Foreigners Making Waves in the Countryside

Most of the subjects of this story didn't see themselves where they are now—but all of them found something incredible in the Japanese countryside, leading each to develop a unique and indelible bond to the local community.

Japanese Cedar Stacking Blocks by Kengo Kuma

Architect Kengo Kuma, who was recently in the news for being selected to build Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium, has taken the fact that a triangle is the strongest geometric shape, and rendered it into a playful and interactive interior design building set.

An Algorithmic House in Saitama

This beautiful house looks like a maze!

Tokyo’s New Olympic Stadium Design Revealed

Architect Kengo Kuma's design is a marriage of wood and forestry, incorporating the surrounding trees of Jingu Shrine to create a stadium of wood and greenery.

Photos from Japan to You

Ranging from skin care and shoes to kimono and charms from shrines, blogger and model Matsu-you* introduces her favorite aspects of Japan for the G7 Japan 2016 Ise-Shima Photography Contest.

No Trees, No Kiyomizu-dera

What are the three most notable woody materials used in the construction of Kiyomizu-dera?

360° Book Lets You Own Mount Fuji

When designer Yusuke Ono submitted his 3-D book idea to the YouFab design contest in 2012, it was too labor intensive to be produced for sale. Not anymore.

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