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Makoto Azuma Plunges Bonsai into the Depths of the Sea


For the past several years, Japanese botanical artist Makoto Azuma has been experimenting with flowers in a way that delicately balances the natural and unnatural.

Kanban: The Exquisite Art of Historic Japanese Store Signs


Before department stores and convenient stores became one-stop shopping destinations, a highly fragmented industry of local, family run shops thrived throughout Japan.

Historical Photos of Japan Brought to Life Using Artificial Intelligence Colorization


For all their charm and nostalgia, black and white photos do create a certain disconnect between the past and present.

The Radical Pop Kimonos of Akira Times


With a mohawk and thick black beard, Akira doesn’t immediately come off as a proponent of the Kimono – the traditional Japanese garment worn for over a 1000 years.

Upcycled One-of-a-Kind Garments Featuring Studio Ghibli Characters


Now you can dress your kids in adorable garments featuring their favorite Studio Ghibli characters, and also be environmentally conscious while doing so, thanks to Anofuku (meaning, “that garment”), a new Japanese brand of kids clothes.

World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Arrives in Tokyo


In 2013, renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor teamed up to create the world’s first inflatable concert hall.

An Immersive Installation that Celebrates the Life of NASA’s Cassini Satellite


abstract visuals, crated by Japanese visual design studio WOW, are based on the satellite’s achievements For 13 years the Cassini satellite has explored Saturn and its moons.

A Gorgeous Wooden Cabin in the Mountains of Japan


Every now and then we come across a work of architecture that makes us desperately want to uproot our city dwellings and relocate into the mountains.

Illuminating Lamps Made From Real Bread by Yukiko Morita


Japanese artist Yukiko Morita always loved bread. Not only was it delicious but there was something about that special combination of flour and yeast that produced wonderful flavors, beautiful tones, and adorable shapes that make people feel warm inside.

Turn Any Package into a Comic Strip with Manga Tape


With a little bit of creativity and a strip of this new Japanese packaging tape, you can personalize any package with your very own comic strip!

A New Children’s Book Illustrates the Life and Career of Yayoi Kusama


Yayoi Kusama is having, what you might call, a moment. Then again, it seems as though the older she gets the more energy she has.

Japanese Stationery Lets You Send a Specimen From Your Travels


Did you go anywhere fun and inspiring this summer? Did you wish you could share the experience with someone?

Kenji Toma’s Tribute to The Most Beautiful Flowers


Peony, Raspberry Charm In 1827 the French artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté published his seminal work Choix des plus belles fleurs (The most beautiful flowers), a series of 144 watercolor paintings of flowers.

Music Monday: Nulbarich


A relative newcomer to the Japanese music scene, Nulbarich appeared rather suddenly, and with a splash, in May of 2016 when they released their 1st single “Hometown.” The fluid 5-7 piece band, which revolves around singer and songwriter JQ, quickly followed up with their 1st album “Guess Who” 3 months later.

The Duality of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Wooden Sculptures


“Tayuta Capris” Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki wants you to know that the world is more complicated than we can ever comprehend.

The Japanese Art Festivals to See in the 2nd Half of 2017


Summer might be coming to an end but Japan’s many art festivals are just kicking into high-gear. There’s a lot of them, we know, so we’re here to share some of the highlights, and help you decide which are worth your time.

Tohoku Standard: a Beautiful Gift Shop Designed by Keiji Ashizawa


all photos by Takumi Ota On our recent trip to Tohoku, one place we were able to stop by is the gorgeous Tohoku Standard, a souvenir shop specializing in local crafts and handmade goods.

Ukiyo-e Come to Life in New Animated Gifs by Atsuki Segawa


Doc and Marty travel back to 1885 Japan’s Tokaido in their DeLorean. Original print: “Fujikawa” by Utagawa Hiroshige, from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.

A Spoon & Tamago Guide To Matsushima


Matsushima, a port town in Miyagi Prefecture, has one of the most picturesque bays in all of Japan. But don’t just take our word for it.

The Yayoi Kusama Museum to Open in Shinjuku in October


photo by Masahiro Tsuchido ©YAYOI KUSAMA Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan’s most prolific and successful artists, is opening her own museum in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward.


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