7 Incredible Activities in Minakami, Gunma
Minakami is one exciting gem of a Japanese countryside town!
The History of Japanese Cosmetic Brushes
These high quality, hand-made products carry a long history and unique manufacturing process that makes each and any one of them a true art work.
NOUSAKU Corp. applies traditional Japanese casting techniques to contemporary designs to promote a unique, stylish lifestyle.
4 Cool Things Made of Kurikyu Odate Bentwood
Kurikyu Bentwood is known for high-quality bentwood products emblematic of the city of Odate in Akita Prefecture.
7 Cool Traditional Japanese-Style Gifts
Looking for just the right gift during the holiday season? Why not give the gift of something unique you could only get from Japan!
Anatomy of a Traditional Fan
As a necessity amid the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, the Boshu uchiwa, or Japanese fan, is Chiba Prefecture’s one and only government-designated traditional craft.
3 Historical Crafts from Kanagawa
In addition to being home to the major port city of Yokohama and the famed hot springs of Hakone, Kanagawa has developed a number of distinctive crafts that are unique to the region.
Making the Old New Again
Got an old, rusty knife? Hand it over to Togitogi, the professional knife sharpener who smooths off the rust while making the blade razor-sharp!
Mount Fuji Envelope
Surprise your friends with a special letter or invitation using this delightful Mount Fuji envelope.
Modern-Style Calligraphy Gift Set
Want to really level-up your kanji skills? This authentic Japanese calligraphy set consists of artisanal writing tools selected by Shinseido, one of last makers of Suzuka Ink in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture.
6 Foreigners Making Waves in the Countryside
Japanese Countryside Deeper Japan
Most of the subjects of this story didn't see themselves where they are now—but all of them found something incredible in the Japanese countryside, leading each to develop a unique and indelible bond to the local community.
6 Great Innovations from Japan's Countryside
From urban planning and fish farming to food recycling and the re-invigoration of traditional techniques, a number of great ideas have come out of Japan's smaller towns and cities.
Bowls, Plates & Cups Form Dishy Raised Floor
25,000 pieces of imperfect ceramics form an elevated base in this cool Saga store.
The Most Expensive Fukubukuro Bags
How much would you be willing to spend on a New Year's grab bag?
A Kyoto-Lover's Guide to the Ancient Capital
Get tips and local knowledge from Kyoto-obsessed travelers, from must-see spots to unforgettable food.
5 Cool Crafts from Tokyo
Thought it was nothing but big city lights? These crafts from Tokyo are like no other!
5 Gorgeous Reasons to Visit Takayama
Takayama is a picturesque mountain town that's beautiful to visit all year round!
Yamagata Cast Iron Teapots
Yamagata cast iron boasts a 1,000-year tradition influenced by the Kyoto style.
Are You Ready for Yarn Ramen?!
Ramen is easy enough to make with a package of cup noodles, but knitting a bowl of hot soup takes a lot more skill.
5 Classic Cultural Activities in Saitama
Located just north of Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture has preserved beautiful pockets of traditional Japan. While there's much to see, there's just as much that you can try out first-hand!