All About Japan

'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!

The Origin of the Maneki Neko

The Maneki Neko, literally the "beckoning cat,"is a very common Japanese figurine. Although there are several possible stories behind its origin, the one revolving around Gotokuji Temple probably has the most veracity to it.

Transforming Washi to Meet Modern Needs

Would you wear a wedding dress made of paper?

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!

Where Studio Ghibli's Paint Comes From

Founded in 1950, this 17-person paint company has colored the works of anime geniuses from Osamu Tezuka to Hayao Miyazaki.

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.

4 Cool & Classic Souvenirs from Japan

‘Cool Japan’ is a government-sponsored campaign to promote Japan internationally through local products. And we've got our own ideas for some 'cool' and classic souvenirs!

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!

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!

The New Classics: Culture Experiences in Tokyo

Traditional Japanese experiences have been receiving a revamp, with visitors and locals alike flocking to try new versions of old favorites!

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.

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!

Bonseki Rocks Our World!

You’re probably familiar with bonsai, but what exactly is its other traditional cousin, 'bonseki'?

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).

Making Broken Pottery Look Like New

This volunteer craftsman is traveling to Kumamoto to help repair earthquake-damaged family heirlooms free of charge.

Pocket-Sized Tatami Mats

These ingenious products give a fresh spin on traditional Japanese flooring.

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.

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.

Top 6 Souvenirs to Take Home from Kyoto

Kyoto's deep history makes it one of the best places in Japan to find old-fashioned crafts and handmade goods you won't find anywhere else.

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.

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