All About Japan

5 Temples & Shrines for Design Lovers

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

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.

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.

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!

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!

Innovations in Japan Blue

'Ai' indigo dye, known as Japan Blue, has been in use since the year 1500, with new applications continuously being innovated over time.

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.

No Trees, No Kiyomizu-dera

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

This Company Certainly has a Green Thumb!

Temporary staffing company Pasona Group is giving a whole new meaning to the term 'green business.'

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.

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!

Beautifully Crafted 'Sakura' Glasses

With a bit of condensation, these gorgeous glasses will leave a 'sakura' outline wherever you choose to set your glass.

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!

The Wonder 500™ Takes New York City

A truly 'wondrous' exhibition in the Big Apple!

Tokyo Temple Renovated in Minimalist Concrete

An old, dilapidated temple in Tokyo looks to architect Satoru Harota for a modern makeover.

Palm-Sized Japanese Buildings & Furniture

Smaller than a thumbnail, but with tons of detail, these miniature dioramas would be perfect for Ghibli's Arrietty!

MOMA Exhibition Highlights Japanese Architect

This exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art presents a survey of Toyo Ito's architectural production since 2000.

Masashi Wakui's Vibrant Photographs of Tokyo

Highlighting Tokyo's vivid use of neon lighting, Masashi Wakui's photographs provide a breathtaking anime-style view of Tokyo life!

Mile-High Tower Proposed for Tokyo Bay in 2045

Global architecture firm KPF has proposed “Next Tokyo,” a vision for Tokyo in the year 2045 when a mile-high tower and eco-city floats on Tokyo Bay.

Architect Aims to Reclaim Neighborhood Beauty

K8 is an amazing eight-leveled Kyoto bar that's looking to reclaim the lost beauty of its neighborhood with its stylish wooden exterior and minimalist interior.

know-before-you-go