All About Japan

The Aritayaki Wristwatch

Japanese and Swiss craftsmanship come together to create the beautiful Aritayaki wristwatch.

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!

Cheap Kimono Rental & Dressing in Kyoto

Spice up a trip to Kyoto with this special set plan including a kimono, sash, bag and sandals. Choose from a variety of patterns and fabrics to fit your style!

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

Before heading out to an Japanese pub, you might want to read up on the infamous 'otoshi.'

How to Properly Wear 'Geta'

Do you know the real Japanese technique for wearing traditional footwear?

Obake in Japanese Popular Culture

Japanese ghosts and monsters have infiltrated everything from manga and anime to theater and movies—or maybe you'd just prefer to experience a good old haunted walk?

The History Behind Japan's 'Janken' Game

Whether resolving a dispute, deciding who pays the check for lunch, or simply passing the time, Japan’s “rock-paper-scissors” culture is simple, and a lot of fun.

Botan Doro: The Seductress Spirit

If you have a lover who only appears at night, you may want someone to check in on you!

A New Form of Japanese Traditional Art

Merging ‘kyogen’ comedy, ‘nihon buyo’ dance and ‘wadaiko’ drums, 'infinity' aims to merge Japan’s historical traditions and folk art into a new-age form of entertainment.

Spectacular Handheld Bamboo Fireworks Photos

This Aichi-area festival features geysers of light exploding from handheld bamboo cannons!

See Samurai Up Close—On Horseback!

Samurai aren't just in the movies! The spirit of the samurai lives on at the Soma-Nomaoi festival, featuring a horde of armored warriors on horseback!

3 Historic Fan Shops in Kyoto

Japanese fans are as much about fashion and art as they are about keeping cool, and these traditional shops have really mastered the craft!

3 Awesome Ways to Get Good Luck in Tottori

Head to Tottori for bunny-ear 'omamori'—or 'ema' plaques in the shape of spirits from 'GeGeGe no Kitaro'! And if you've got a memory you'd rather put in the past, why not just set it afloat? Find out how!

10 Scary Superstitions & Taboos in Japan

Why might Japanese people sometimes hide their thumbs? And which way should you avoid sleeping? For that matter, why is it bad to cut your nails at night? Find out!

A Guide To Hiroshima’s Best Hotels & Airbnb

We've prepared the perfect list of the best accommodations in Hiroshima, with recommendations of both Airbnb homes and modern hotels!

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.

3 Pottery Trips from Japan's Biggest Cities

We've lined up three famous pottery towns that make easy day trips from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo.

Experience the Fervor of High School Baseball!

The National High School Baseball Championship—better known as Koshien—isn't just a tournament for high school students. It's a nationally beloved summer tradition that can also open a direct door to the big leagues!

5 Creepy Japanese Children's Songs

Read on for a compilation of seemingly innocuous children songs that, according to urban legends, hide a quite different meaning…

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.

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