All About Japan

Stationery Supplies Look Good Enough to Eat!

Japan’s love for all things stationery can’t be denied. And their reputation as a nation of foodies also holds true. So it was only a matter of time before the two collided.

Kengo Kuma Redesigns Kenzo Takada's Paris Home

Designer Kenzo Takada’s former Paris residence was skillfully renovated by world renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

A Night in Prison Never Looked So Appealing

The historic, decommissioned Nara Prison in Nara Prefecture is scheduled to be renovated and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2020.

Riding in a Transformer Will Soon be a Reality

With help from the designer of the original Gundam, Japan now has a transforming giant robot/car that two full-sized adults can ride in. Seriously—it's kind of amazing.

Onitsuka Tiger: Shoes Running Around the World

Onitsuka Tiger is an iconic shoe brand produced by sporting goods company ASICS. Despite once disappearing from the market, it has been revived as a fashionable sneaker brand with global popularity.

Architect Designs 'Tree House' in Tokyo

Seeking respite from boring office spaces and stark building, a Japanese architect designed a building in harmony with nature.

Say 'I Choose You' & 'I Do' With Pikachu

These Pikachu wedding rings and engagement rings are so gorgeous you don't need to be a Pokémon fan to appreciate them... but it helps!

Explore an 'Underground Temple' Near Tokyo

Want to see another side of Japan? The world's largest storm drain is underneath the city of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture, just begging to be explored!

Japanese Manholes: Art Under Your Feet

There is so much to see in Japan. You can look up at the skyscrapers of Tokyo, look in the distance to see the peak of Mount Fuji, look along every one of Kyoto's ancient cobbled streets. But did you know that there is a lot to see right under your feet?

Limited-Time Redesign for Classic Snack, Pocky

For a limited time, Pocky, one of Japan’s most popular and well-known snacks, has tweaked its packaging design to be sleek and minimal.

The Aerial Beauty of Japanese Highways

While they may seem perfectly mundane from ground level, Japanese highways are marvels of structural engineering, and look incredible from a bird's-eye view.

Eerie, Abstract Japanese Portraits

Japanese artist Teppei Takeda creates otherworldly portraits that are composed of intense, gestural brushstrokes.

Tokyo's Bizarre Architectural Wonders

There's no doubt that Tokyo is an architectural marvel! But with so many buildings, there's bound to be a few that stand out for their unique design. Check out these five examples of Tokyo's most bizarre architectural wonders!

Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology

Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.

A Home Embracing the Art of Clutter

An Osaka-based designer created a house to showcase the beauty of having a personal hoard.

Living Large in Tiny Japanese Houses

This latest trend in Japanese architecture sees people living in minimalist homes to minimize cost and maximize their time.

Classy, Custom-Fitted Pokémon Dress Shirts

There's a stylish new watch to catch 'em all—fans of the Pokémon series can now wear their favorite critters with these original designs for custom-fitted dress shirts.

Tokyo Tower 'Top Deck Tour' Now Open

Visitors to Tokyo Tower's new Top Deck viewing platform get to enjoy VIP treatment along with the stunning Tokyo skyline.

Canvas Comes Alive in Immersive Installation

Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa has created an incredible, immersive installation that truly brings canvas to life!

A Look Behind the Yen Makeover

Japan's currency is getting a big makeover for 2024. Learn a little bit more about the reasoning and process behind the change!

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