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TRUNK: Tokyo’s Newest Boutique Hotel


Wrapped in a cool monotone facade and balanced out by natural touches of wood is a new boutique hotel that recently emerged in the heart of Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

Imaginative Flower Vases Showcase the Beauty of Metal


In postwar Japan, numerous metal processing companies sprouted up in the port town of Yokohama. Their metal pipes, sheets, precision parts and torque hinges were the invisible backbones of industrial Japan, quietly but robustly supporting all types of industry.

Playing Cards Illustrate What It’s Like to be Arrested in Japan


Getting arrested is a scary experience in every country, but perhaps even more so in Japan, where the conviction rate is over 99%.

Joint Chopsticks Inspired by Japanese Joinery Techniques


Product designer Yuma Kano and Japanese carpenter Katsuhisa Toda collaborated to create a series of chopsticks inspired by traditional wood joinery techniques.

The Kaki Flower Vase Creates the Illusion of a Floating Flower


The Kaki Flower Vase was born from the simple idea of wanting to create a flower vase that could be attached to windows.

Tatsuya Tanaka’s Miniature Wonders Coming to Print


For the past 7 years Tatsuya Tanaka has been creating miniature dioramas out of everyday objects one might find around the house.

MUJI Hotel Coming to Ginza in 2019


the facade of the planned MUJI Hotel in Ginza, opening Spring 2018 MUJI, our favorite minimal lifestyle retailer, announced plans to open Japan’s first MUJI Hotel in Ginza.

Ukiyo-e Inspired Illustrations Capture the Relatable Moments of Modern Everyday Life


That disappointment when you spot a fancy cafe but it turns out to be a beauty salon. A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pseudonym Yamada Zenjidou, creates these simple yet adorable illustrations that we can’t get enough of.

Playful Stars & Stripes by Mizumaru Kawahara


You may have seen Japanese illustrator Mizumaru Kawahara and his comical-style illustrations on Japanese magazine covers, or illustrated film reviews.

Immerse Yourself in Cyberpunk Tokyo with this Visual Project by Cody Ellingham


Sit down in front of a large screen, dim the lights and turn the sound up. Them, dive into DERIVE, a visual project by Tokyo-based art director Cody Ellingham.

Music Monday: Special Favorite Music


Special Favorite Music is a 7-piece Japanese indie band that blends elements of folk and bluegrass (and sometimes even soul and R&B) to create upbeat pop.

Clever Packaging Design For Japanese Maekake Aprons


Maekake are a type of Japanese apron that, for hundreds of years, have been favored by the working men and women of rice shops, sake shops, miso shops and other stores that dot Japan’s many shopping streets.

Photos of Japanese Playground Equipment at Night by Kito Fujio


Daijuuji Park in Aichi (Map) In 2005 Kito Fujio quite his job as an office worker and became a freelance photographer.

Keep Cool This Summer With the Komorebi Uchiwa


Komorebi (木漏れ日) is one of those uniquely untranslatable Japanese words. It means “sunlight filtering through the tree leaves” and embodies a poetic appreciation for nature and its changing seasons.

T-Kimono: Scandinavian Style Meets Japanese Traditional Clothing


For years Westerners have experimented with wearing traditional Japanese clothing like the kimono and jinbei.

How Far Will You Go? An Exhibition of Grand Projects at 21_21 Design Sight


They did what? That’s right: they made a walkable floating pier from 100,000 sq meters of fabric; they’re building a church that’s 1.35 meters wide and 45 meters high; they made a cave entirely out of tape; they made an inflatable concert hall; he spent 96 hours creating a mural from mud.

World’s First Tatami-Style Starbucks to Open in Kyoto


a noren curtain hangs outside the new Kyoto Starbucks location Starbucks first international market outside of North America began in Tokyo in 1996 and now with 1,100 stores across the country, Japan is Starbucks 4th largest market globally.

A 160-Year Old Sake Brewery Gets a New Addition


Located in the middle of rice fields and situated at the foot of Mt. Sefuri in the Itoshima area of Fukuoka is the Shiraito Sake Brewery.

Handmade Storybook Cookies Made From Natural Dyes


all photos courtesy okashinokobito Anyone who questions baking as an art form should look no further than the cookies made by Okashi no Kobito.

Ribbonesia’s Animal and Plant Life Created Entirely by Ribbon


If you’re wrapping a gift or a present in Japan, surely you’re familiar with the multi-layered art of packaging.


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