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5 Distinctive Sake Cups

As the home of sake, Japan is also the home of the humble sake cup!

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.

A Historical Walk Through Japanese Tea

Take a stroll through Kyoto’s Yamashiro region, the historical nexus of Japanese tea production, with a history dating back some 800 years.

The Salt of Life

Salt from the sea and other essential goods were hauled along Salt Road from Japan’s coastal areas to the mountainous territories inland—and delivered even to mortal enemies in need.

Wonder at These 7 Exquisitely Designed Sweets!

Mastering the art of making perfectly crafted items is something synonymous with Japan. And here, even in sweets, that excellence continues.

Slice & Dice with a Personally Engraved Knife

Why settle for just a plain old generic knife when you can get one engraved with a personal message?

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.

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).

8 Japanese Sweets Too Beautiful to Eat!

Some Japanese sweets are so beautiful they can only be called 'art'!

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.

7 Premium Dashi Ingredients

’Dashi' soup stock comes in several flavors and varieties. Here's a great selection of ingredients to help you create the real taste of traditional Japanese soup in your own kitchen!

3 Top-Notch Plum Wines

For those with more of a sweet tooth when it comes to alcohol, plum wine is the liquor that can't be beat!

750 Years of Soy Sauce Tradition

With a tradition dating back more than seven centuries, Yuasa soy sauce has taken to the tables of Europe's finest restaurants.

Tokyo's 400-Year-Old Sake Brewery

Check out this gorgeous 4K video and take a look at what it means to have four centuries of passion for sake!

4 Notable Tokyo-Centric Omiyage

Tokyo is an international metropolis and the buzzing center of Japan. While there's lots to choose from, here are some interesting 'omiyage' (souvenir) ideas that exemplify the big city!

7 Next-Level Soy Sauce Options

Everybody knows Japanese soy sauce, but did you know there's more than Kikkoman? Here we take a look at seven premium options from all around Japan.

4 Beautiful Cutlery Sets

Here are some fantastic cutlery sets that show off Japan's exquisite workmanship.

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.

A Picturesque Glimpse into the Past

This collection of postcards, dating back to the early 1900s, provides a beautiful snapshot of Japanese history.

10 Historical Sweets from Hokuriku

Hokuriku has various wonderful 'omiyage' (souvenir) sweets for travelers. Here we outline 10 historical souvenirs you simply have to buy on your next Hokuriku trip!

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