All About Japan

Totoro Washi Paper for All 4 Seasons

Whether you're into origami, scrapbooking or decorating, this Japanese paper will bring the magic of Studio Ghibli to all your favorite projects.

Monopoly Gets a Crafty Makeover

Learn about traditional Japanese crafts, toys and accessories all while trying to buy up as many products as possible in this version of Monopoly.

Transforming Washi to Meet Modern Needs

Would you wear a wedding dress made of paper?

Dyeing Technique Originated with Edo Lords

Along with Kyoto and Kanazawa, Tokyo is one of Japan’s three major traditional kimono-dyeing regions. Find out how the technique Tokyo Some Komon been passed down from the Edo Period to the present day.

Hammering Out the Shinkansen's Face by Hand

Just one company in Japan, with a mere 40 employees, uses hand hammering techniques to produce many of the Shinkansen's distinctive shapes.

This Lobster Gundam Rocks!

One of the coolest Gundam we've ever seen, a custom (and organic) MSN-4 Sazabi Mobile Suit! You'll be shell-shocked when you see how it was created!

Iro Ken's Playful Paper Mobiles

When you're the son of comedians, your art tends to come out with a sense of humor.

3 Classic Souvenirs from Toyama

When shopping for souvenirs on your first tour of Toyama, you may not be able to make a quick decision about which to select. Here are three representative Toyama souvenirs that can help you make your choice!

Spinning Synthetic Silk

What gives silk its sheen, and just how did a Japanese company replicate it synthetically?

See How Momotaro Jeans are Made

Momotaro Jeans' craftspeople have dedicated their lives to denim. See how they produce a pair of jeans, from start to finish.

Modern Designs Update Ancient Traditions

SOU SOU's patterns and styling remain sufficiently Japanese to intrigue visitors from abroad, yet they are contemporary enough to appeal to Japanese shoppers.

Create Your Very Own Anime Film!

The same animation software that created the wonderful Ghibli film 'Princess Mononoke' will be available to download for free!

Kyoto's 1,000-Year-Old Hand Embroidery

This shop in Kyoto carries on a tradition of silk embroidery that dates back to the Asuka Period (592-710).

5 Expert-Level Chopstick Sets

Chopsticks, or 'ohashi' as they are locally known, are synonymous with Japanese cuisine, and the nation has long loved crafting its own smooth, attractive sets. Here are five of the best!

'Omiyage' You Can't Buy Anywhere Else in Japan

You'll never guess where a secret treasure trove of one-of-a-kind souvenirs is sold!

How Japanese Textiles Enable Global Fashions

Nobuyuki Ota, the CEO of the Cool Japan Fund and an expert on fashions both domestic and overseas, expounds on the history and appeal of Japanese textiles.

Go Treasure Hunting in a Porcelain Warehouse

Ready for a memorable shopping spree? Try a 90-minute treasure hunt for as much Japanese pottery as you can carry!

300-Year-Old Hemp Makes a Modern Comeback

Founded in Nara in 1716, Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is finding new ways to bring its traditional textiles to a modern market, both domestically and overseas.

Embarrassed Engineer Invents 'Selfie Arms'

Who needs a selfie stick, when you can use 'selfie arms'!

A Humidifier with No Electricity Required

Keep your home humidified with this simple and eco-friendly humidifier that doesn't need an outlet to work.

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