All About Japan

No Need for Electricity with These Speakers

After playing songs with bamboo instruments, one band moves on to bamboo audio delivery that works with your smartphone.

Traditional Japanese Footwear Reimagined

A modern, stylish twist on a Japanese classic, these shoes have been redesigned as indoor slippers to keep feet comfy and cool.

A Darker Version of 'The Little Mermaid'

Brought to life by legendary artist Yayoi Kusama, this collaboration brilliantly illustrates the original Hans Christian Andersen classic.

Outsu House: An Ode to Comfiness

A familyin Japan makes “comfy house” the keyword for the design of their new home.

Hang This Doll to Pray for Clear Skies

While many believe the tradition of making 'teru teru bozu' dolls can be traced back to a bald-headed monk, history suggests it may have begun with a small girl.

Design on a Dime: ¥100 Art Supplies

Being creative doesn't have to be costly thanks to the numerous ¥100 shops around Japan.

4 Ingenious Office Supplies from Japan

Make quick work of your office tasks with these modern and ergonomic tools—great for scrapbooking fans!

5 Unique Boutique Hotels In Tokyo

Find the best boutique hotels in Tokyo for the ultimate travel experience!

Dress Up Your Dreary Office

Tired of staring at dreary, drab walls and your boring, messy desk? Let these items transform your cubicle into a lawn or a library!

Turn Your Smartphone into a Pokédex

True trainers will want to get their hands on a new cell phone cover that not only protects your phone, but even looks like a Pokédex!

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

Beautifully Minimalist Ping Pong Ads

How do you advertise a simple yet satisfying sport? With simple yet satisfying art!

10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.

Light Up Paper Cities with the Stroke of a Pen

The special ink found in this pen conducts electricity, allowing you to draw circuits and create your own illuminated pop-up cities, houses or whatever else your creative mind can dream up!

6 Fantastic Fuji-Inspired Papers & Textiles

Mount Fuji is the ultimate symbol of Japan—so who wouldn't want to own a few bits of awesome and useful Fuji stationery? Worry not, we've got the goods!

Puddle: A Home Designed to Let in Rainwater

One family in Japan saw rainwater not as an unwanted intruder, but simply a part of life that, when controlled, can bring you and your home in tune with nature.

Get a Chance to Change Kyoto Tower's Color

For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice!

Soy Sauce Dishes Create 3-D Optical Illusions

With just a splash of soy sauce, Soy Shapes allow seemingly normal dishes to be rendered into M.C. Escher-style three-dimensional optical illusions.

Transform Tableware into a 5-Story Pagoda

What better way to dish out your homemade Japanese food than to serve it on dishes designed to look like Japanese-style architecture?

An Office Tailor-Made for a Fashion Giant

Get a peek inside the new, posh office of Start Today, one of the largest Japanese fashion companies. The bubble-like meeting rooms and indoor greenery are sure to inspire fresh new ideas!

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