All About Japan

5 Gorgeous Reasons to Visit Takayama

Takayama is a picturesque mountain town that's beautiful to visit all year round!

7 Incredible Activities in Minakami, Gunma

Minakami is one exciting gem of a Japanese countryside town!

Bowls, Plates & Cups Form Dishy Raised Floor

25,000 pieces of imperfect ceramics form an elevated base in this cool Saga store.

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.

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.

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.

Casting Craftmanship

NOUSAKU Corp. applies traditional Japanese casting techniques to contemporary designs to promote a unique, stylish lifestyle.

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.

10 Great Gifts from Japan

These original gifts represent the rich cultural heritage of this country—and tend to go down well with overseas visitors, too!

6 Foreigners Making Waves in the Countryside

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.

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!

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.

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!

Mount Fuji Envelope

Surprise your friends with a special letter or invitation using this delightful Mount Fuji envelope.

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