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Realistic Miniature Animals Painted onto Found Stones by Akie Nakata

Nature has a funny way of imitating itself. Have you ever picked up a stone and thought it resembled an animal?

Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used

Leave it to the stationery-loving Japanese to come up with a new way to enjoy writing notes. The Omoshiro Block (loosely translated as ‘fun block’) utilizes laser-cutting technology to create what is, at first, just a seemingly normal square cube of paper note cards.

Yuni Yoshida’s Innovative Visuals for Comedian Naomi Watanabe

Naomi Watanabe is huge in Japan. With 7.5 million Instagram followers, the comedian is a distant 1st; at least 2.5 million ahead of any of her Japanese Instagram peers.

Japanese Designer New Year’s Cards of 2018

Happy New Year of the Dog! Many readers will be familiar with our annual tradition here at Spoon & Tamago of choosing some of our favorite designer New Year’s cards of 2018.

Spoon & Tamago’s Most Popular Products of 2017

2017 marked the 4th-year of running our little shop alongside our blog, which this year turned 10. Both continue to be entirely bootstrapped and operated internally for both quality and experience control perspectives.

Spoon & Tamago’s Most Popular Posts of 2017

2017 marked Spoon & Tamago’s 10-year anniversary. We celebrated it in Japan, surrounded by 100 of our favorite artists.

This Sculptural Neko Cat Tree is Beautiful, Costs 1 Million Yen

Do you have a million yen to blow on your cat? Well boy do we have the cat tree for you. Reconsidered and redesigned from the bottom up, the Neko Cat Tree looks like a modernist architectural sculpture that wouldn’t appear out of place in a museum or gallery.

Gigantic Sculptures of Cats Wearing Helmets by Kenji Yanobe

The Japanese sculptor Kenji Yanobe is known for his large-scale robotic and nightmarish toys. But animals too have always played an important role in Yanobe’s work too.

Fujisan World Heritage Center by Shigeru Ban Now Open

Amongst a group of finalists who had submitted proposals for a world heritage center to be built at the foot of Japan’s Mt.

The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

The Microsoft Excel program, which comes pre-installed on most PCs, is typically reserved for financial analysis, or bookkeeping.

Edo-Ball: Ukiyo-e Prints Inspired by NBA Culture

Ukiyo-e has inspired countless numbers of spinoffs that have riffed on everything from Star Wars and Nintendo characters to animated gifs.

Photographing Factories Against a Mt. Fuji Backdrop

In a previous series on Mt. Fuji we talked about the many niche subcategories of photographing Mt. There’s Mt.

A Display of 8000 Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind.

Shiba-inu Geoglyph Made Entirely From Natural Materials

With just about 2 weeks before Japan welcomes in 2019, the new year of the dog, Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture has unveiled an enormous geoglyph of a Shiba-inu and 2 pups.

Colored Pencils Modeled After Traditional Japanese Flowers

Japan has a rich appreciation for flowers like sakura (cherry blossoms) and kiku (chrysanthemums), which are practically national symbols.

Dense Tokyo as Seen Through the Lens of Tatsuto

It’s well-documented that Tokyo is amongst the world’s most densely-populated cities. And you don’t have to look to far for visual confirmation of this: simply board a train headed for central Tokyo during rush hour, or walk around Shibuya almost any day of the week.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Mascot Candidates Unveiled

The many decision-making processes for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been a bumpy ride, to say the least.

Winners of the 2017 Kansai Photojournalism Awards

The 2017 Kansai Photojournalism Awards were announced last week. Exceptional photojournalism and videography from this year was recognized in various categories like News and Sports.

Torietsu: Yakitori and Japanese Whisky Come Together in this Tokyo Eatery

I’ve been on a Yakitori kick these days. Sure it’s just chicken, but it’s also so much more! There’s nothing quite like sitting at the counter, watching the chef roast your skewer over hot coals as he fans the flames and smoke rises from the cinders.

Japanese Home Designed Around a Climbable Bookshelf

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are lovely, and can act as a robust focal point in any home. But accessing the high shelves can be a problem.


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