All About Japan

Social Media Motivates Paper Cutting Artist

Social media is motivating a paper cutting artist to continue creating incredibly intricate works of art out of a single piece of paper.

How Japanese Pearls Are Processed

How are pearls processed? Prized Akoya pearls are sorted in front of a north-facing window, where the low-angled natural light reveals any scratches and irregularities, and practiced artisans recognize flaws as slight as a tenth of a millimeter.

5 Japanese Activities to Do Indoors

Shake off the rainy season blues by taking up one or more of these 5 traditional Japanese activities!

Taking Denim Beyond the Jean Jacket

Hiroshima is known for its denim. But the denim being made here may not be the kind of denim you know!

For Custom Fabric Colors, Go to Sumida-ku

Place an order with a swatch or color chip, and shops in this Tokyo district will delve into a formidable databank of colors amassed over the history of the craft to instantly dye your fabric to the exact color of the sample.

Hyper-Realistic Cat Art Helps Cope with Loss

Wakuneco, a Japanese needle felting artist, works to help people cope with the loss of their beloved feline friends with incredibly realistic replicas made from felt.

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.

All About the Local Creators' Market

Launched by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Local Creators’ Market focuses on five Japanese locales noted for producing exquisite traditional handicrafts.

Stay in 'Real Japan' at this Traditional Home

If you want to set foot in 'real Japan,' the ideal accommodation is waiting for you in Inami, a small rustic town in Toyama Prefecture where more than 200 active carvers chisel wood.

Handmade Knives in Yamagata

See how Shimada Cutlery Works carries on a blade-making tradition dating back to the year 1365.

The Organic Beauty of Kaga Lacquerware

A mountainous land dotted with hot springs, Yamanaka in Ishikawa Prefecture is a major center of lacquerware production, thanks to woodturners who emigrated to this area 400 years ago.

Work-Life Balance Improves with Tiny Business

An increasing number of Japanese people are starting tiny businesses with small funds, and find that their work-life balance is improving without having to sacrifice their livelihoods.

The Ultimate Wedding Cake Knife

Swords have been forged in this Gifu Prefecture town since the late Kamakura Period. Now the same traditions are being applied to some of the best knives you can hope to find.

Untraveled Japan: Tokyo Day Trips & More

You don’t have to go far from Tokyo to experience Japan like no one has before!

2 Modern Masters of Woodwork & Lacquer

Working by hand at scales that can at times only be seen with a magnifying glass, these two artisans are heirs to a 400-year-old legacy of woodworking in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Sumida Textiles: Hand-Dyed in Tokyo

The Sumida Ward has long prospered as the center of Japan's fabric industry. Even today, it is capable of reproducing nearly any color on demand.

The Hand-Dyeing Specialists of Sumida-ku

If you're looking for custom, hand-dyed fabrics, these three specialists in Sumida-ku, Tokyo, are dyeing to set you up!

5 Places to Buy Traditional Crafts in Tokyo

When shopping for traditional crafts in Tokyo, the options can be dizzying (if not absolutely exhausting) to sort through. So to help you find what you’re looking for, we’ve put together a list of our favorite stores!

Rainy Season: Things to Know When You Go

Sure, rainy season comes with the occasional soaked pair of shoes, and it can feel hard to work up the motivation to leave the house. But here are a few tips to help you make the best of it!

The Secrets of Pearl Harvesting in Japan

Look closely through the translucent sheen of any Akoya pearl and you’ll see a rainbow of colors—a joint gift from the growers, the oysters, and the sea itself. But how are they produced?

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