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Imari Porcelain Jewelry is a Handmade Dream

Created by Japanese designer Haruka Okabe, HiN combines contemporary design with Saga Prefecture's special Imari porcelain.

7 Superb Festivals in Nara

Try and catch one of these fantastic events on your trip to this picturesque and historic city!

PM Abe Helps Explain the Name of the New Era

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives his take on naming the Imperial era that starts next month, the Reiwa era.

An Avant Garde Twist on Traditional Culture

Two Japanese artists have been making humorous art that subverts Japanese traditions for an astounding 25 years!

A Gourmet Train Journey to Sample Shinshu

Rokumon is a sightseeing train run by the Shinano Railway that puts you in touch with the Shinshu region’s culture and cuisine. Take a ride and spend a leisurely time enjoying stunning scenery and delicious dishes.

Asakusa's Sanja Matsuri Carrying on Tradition

Join a party of 1.8 million people in this giant festival in the third week of May that parades through the streets of Asakusa.

Fushimi: Come to the Shrine, Stay for the Sake

Most famous for the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto’s Fushimi district is also one of Japan’s top sake-producing regions. Be sure to make the most of your visit by taking a look around its historic brewing district. Kanpai!

15 Awesome Festivals in Japan

Plan your trip in advance and make sure that you catch all of the festivals (known as 'matsuri’) in your area. Let’s take a closer look at the best 15 festivals in Japan.

Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit

Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!

From Tokyo to Okayama with Zooming Japan

Join Jasmine from Zooming Japan as she does what she best—travels to locales around the country, getting up close and personal with local sights, food and culture!

Ringing in Reiwa

See how people from across the country rang in the new Reiwa Era.

Stay at a Machiya-Style Hostel in Kyoto

Utsuwa is a designer hostel in Kyoto that provides visitors with an affordable way to get an authentic, local experience in Japan's ancient capital!

Social Media Motivates Paper Cutting Artist

Social media is motivating a paper cutting artist to continue creating incredibly intricate works of art out of a single piece of paper.

Tourists Flock for a Glimpse of Old Japan

Townscapes that preserve the atmosphere of Japan's yesteryear are attracting more international visitors than ever before.

The Ephemeral Art of Japanese Bathhouses

The artists who specialize in painting Japanese bathhouses are few in number, but their enduring artistic spirit ensures the profession lives on.

Japan's First Foreign Female Shogi Pro

A chat with Karolina Styczynska, Japan's first professional foreign-born female shogi player.

Hiking Japan’s Ancient Roads

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, samurai and royalty on these historic Japanese highways.

Calligraphy Artist Speaks with Her Brush

Japanese calligrapher Nobuko Obata has pursued her lifelong passion for calligraphy, despite an accident that left her without hands from a young age.

Telling the Tales Behind Historical Sites

World Heritage Site listings and the designation of Cultural Properties are primarily intended to protect sites. But Japan Heritage introduces the stories and historical context behind local Tangible and Intangible Cultural Properties.

Meet the Second Gen Pokémon Personal Seals

These personal seals can be personalized with names in Japanese or English, and now include 100 characters from the Johto region of Pokémon!

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