The Oldest Paper Company in Japan
Founded in 771, Genda Shigyo makes 'mizuhiki,' the multicolored cords used to decorate envelopes for weddings, funerals and other major life events.
DIY Origami Bookmark
We’ll show you how to never again lose a page number to the dreaded 'bookmark slip.'
Unfolding the Mysteries of Origami
Learn all about origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, at Tokyo's Origami Center.
12 Things Every ALT Needs from the ¥100 Shop
Being an ALT is a resource-intensive profession. The ¥100 shop has almost everything you need to be ready for the classroom!
17 (Non-Otaku) Presents to Buy a Japan Fan
Looking for something for that Japan fan who's already got it all? We've got 17 suggestions!
Relive Your Childhood with Famicon Stationery
From clear folders and memo pads that can all fit snug into the tote bag, Famicon stationery is the perfect gift for your gaming friends this holiday season.
Baby Keepsake Calligraphy Brushes
The concept of saving your baby's hair after their first haircut isn't uncommon, but families in Japan can opt to turn those shorn locks into unique calligraphy brushes!
7 Oddly Useful Items from the ¥100 Shop
These hot items, remarkably only ¥100, are sure to improve the quality of your life—or at least make it a little more interesting!
Light Up Paper Cities with the Stroke of a Pen
The special ink found in this pen conducts electricity, allowing you to draw circuits and create your own illuminated pop-up cities, houses or whatever else your creative mind can dream up!
Mechanical Pencil Lead Sculptures Defy the Eye
Simply titled "Lines," this series of minimal, geometric sculptures created by art student Maho Takahashi only uses two materials, lead and paper, to create three-dimensional shapes along with two-dimension lines.
Stick to Your Plans with New Calendar Tape
Japan is known for amusing, adorable and innovative stationery, and one Japanese company will help you get organized with rolls of tape that turn any notebook into a calendar or planner.
Following Japan's Paper Trail
From money to sliding doors, traditional Japanese paper can be seen all over the country. And one company in Tottori Prefecture has been a leader in making beautiful, natural and even eco-friendly materials.
8 Original Pokémon Origami Tutorials
Gotta Craft 'Em All!
10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto
Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.
5 Tools for Getting Started with 'Sumi-e'
Japanese 'sumi-e' ink wash painting is a great hobby to pick up—it's cheap and easy to get started!
The Cat's out of the Bag... or Box!
Come along with us as we take a look inside Neko Box, a subscription service that delivers quality goods from Japan monthly to your doorstep. What mysteries lie within? Let's find out.
Masterful Memo Blocks & Drawing Pads
These memo blocks and drawing pads are so good they garnered a Good Design Award and have been featured in the UK's Monocle Magazine.
Light up the Night with These Paper Lanterns
From the creative design team of Yuruliku comes the 'Washi Torch', a paper pendant lamp inspired by the streets of Mino.
Traditional Meets Modernity at Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts is a renowned resort group in Japan, creating a luxurious Japanese vacation experience. After a century, Hoshino Resorts continues its tradition of providing a blend of the premium with the decor of the past.
Make Your Very Own Japanese Paper
‘Washi’ (Japanese traditional paper) is made from wood fiber, making it stronger than today’s common paper made of wood pulp. And the Uchiyama style of ‘washi’ made in northern Nagano’s Iiyama City is especially durable!