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Uniholic: A New Tokyo Restaurant that Specializes in Sea Urchin

Sea urchin, or uni, is a delicacy in Japan. But it’s also an acquired taste. For uni lovers like ourselves, you’re probably accustomed to having it served on rice as sushi, or as sashimi.

89-Year Old Kimiko Nishimoto Loves Taking Humorous Self-Portraits

At the age of 72, Kimiko Nishimoto decided to do something she had never done before. She decided to take a beginners course in photography that was taught by her eldest son.

Spoon & Tamago’s 10-Year Anniversary

Last week we were in Tokyo to celebrate a very special milestone: 10 years of writing about Japanese art, design and culture on Spoon & Tamago.

Doraemon and Fine Art Collide in New Tokyo Exhibition

Ninety five years from today Doraemon, the amazing cat robot, will be born. At least that’s according to Fujiko Fujio’s imaginative comic.

Issui Enomoto Captures Double Exposure Photographs of Yokohama From His Taxi

Issui Enomoto is a taxi cab driver in Japan’s port city of Yokohama. But he’s also a photographer. And for Enomoto, these two go hand-in-hand, just like the relationship between a taxi and passenger.

The Handbook of Japanese Beans

Did you know that Japan has almost 200 different varieties of beans? Food writer Kiyomi Hasegawa traversed all of Japan to bring you this wonderfully laid out typology of Japanese beans.

Reimagining the Design Event at Tokyo’s ‘Designart’

Conveniently coinciding with Tokyo Fashion Week is Tokyo’s newest event celebrating contemporary art and design, aptly named ‘Designart.’ After its predecessor Tokyo Design Week permanently closed following the death of a five-year old at an exhibit in 2016, Designart’s creators sought to fill the void in Tokyo’s modern art and design scene.

Preserving the Art of Traditional Japanese Indigo Dyeing

Some things never go out of style; just ask the four artisans behind the group BUAISOU who still use natural centuries-old Japanese indigo dyeing techniques for their creations today.

Preserving the Art of Traditional Japanese Indigo Dyeing

Some things never go out of style; just ask the four artisans behind the group BUAISOU who still use natural centuries-old Japanese indigo dyeing techniques for their creations today. A recent mention in Vogue proves that this “Japan Blue” is still highly fashionable.

Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata

Armed with an Olympus digital camera and a bag full of cat toys, Japanese photographer Hiroyuki Hisakata ventures off to an island populated by stray cats to photograph his feline friends.

MinimLET: A Portable Toilet Kit Designed for Disaster Preparedness

In the event of a natural disaster, a person’s most basic needs — food, water, shelter, electricity — are often compromised.

Yokainoshima: Charles Fréger’s Photos of Monsters in Japanese Folklore

In Japanese folklore, yōkai are the various supernatural beings — most often malevolent — that inhabit the natural world and play tricks on unsuspecting humans.

Yokainoshima: Charles Fréger’s Photos of Monsters in Japanese Folklore

In Japanese folklore, yōkai are the various supernatural beings — most often malevolent — that inhabit the natural world and play tricks on unsuspecting humans.

Japanese Man Used Bonsai Techniques to Grow Marijuana

A 35-year old janitor living in Osaka was arrested at his home last month for growing and selling marijuana.

Mobile Lifestyle Products Inspired by Ancient Japanese Living

During Edo period Japan, fires frequently broke out, forcing citizens to quickly relocate their entire lives.

This Digital Greenhouse Just Sprouted Up in Central Tokyo

Twenty years ago you could walk through Tokyo and stumble across small plots of farmland. And a small stand would sell fresh vegetables that had just been harvested.

This Digital Greenhouse Just Sprouted Up in Central Tokyo

Twenty years ago you could walk through Tokyo and stumble across small plots of farmland. And a small stand would sell fresh vegetables that had just been harvested.

This Digital Greenhouse Just Sprouted Up in Central Tokyo

Twenty years ago you could walk through Tokyo and stumble across small plots of farmland. And a small stand would sell fresh vegetables that had just been harvested.

Wafrica: Japanese Kimonos Inspired by West African Culture

Tribal, animistic, sophisticated and codified. Although Japan and West Africa are oceans apart, these were some of the similarities that art director Serge Mouangue identified during his trip to Japan back in 2007.

Okawa City Launches Line of Miniature Cat Furniture

Okawa City in Fukuoka prefecture is known as one of Japan’s furniture capitals. The city is even home to Okawa Kagu, a consortium of over a dozen artisans that are steeped in the craft of furniture, tatami and lattice making.


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