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!
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).
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!
'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!
Transforming Washi to Meet Modern Needs
Would you wear a wedding dress made of paper?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Pocket-Sized Tatami Mats
These ingenious products give a fresh spin on traditional Japanese flooring.
Making Broken Pottery Look Like New
Handicrafts Kumamoto Earthquake
This volunteer craftsman is traveling to Kumamoto to help repair earthquake-damaged family heirlooms free of charge.
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.
Bonseki Rocks Our World!
You’re probably familiar with bonsai, but what exactly is its other traditional cousin, 'bonseki'?
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.
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.
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.
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.