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Ginza Place: A New Stunning Building & Façade Made From 5315 Aluminum Panels


the new “Ginza Place” | photo by Atsushi Nakamichi / Nacasa & Partners On September 24, 2016, a new landmark building will open in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

Real Life Infographic of Over 100 Objects Integrated Into the iPhone


“What if the very act of designing is the act of unconsciously simulating the evolution of nature,” asks Eisuke Tachikawa, the founder of Japanese design firm Nosigner.

Japanese Fairy Tale Characters Fight Off an Evil Mickey Mouse in 1934 Propaganda Anime


Evil Mickey Mouse invades happy islanders and drops a scroll that reads “hand over the island” Mickey Mouse is one of the most popular cartoon characters in Japan, in line with beloved domestics like Totoro, Doraemon and Hello Kitty.

The Architects Renovating Rural Japanese Homes and Transforming Them Into Tech Startup Satellite Offices


“Kamiyama Blue Bear Office” renovation completed in 2010 | photos courtesy Kosuke Bando It’s a common story in rural Japan: low birth rates, an aging population and younger generations’ tendency to relocate to metropolitan areas have left many parts of the country deserted.

Turbulence: A Zine That Captures Metropolitan Protest and Serendipity in Tokyo


Gueorgui Tcherednitchenko is a Russian-French photographer who has been living and working in Tokyo since 2011.

Kengo Kuma’s $80K Silver Tea Set for Georg Jensen


Ever since David Chu took the reins of Danish silverware and jewelry heritage brand Georg Jensen in 2013, he’s tried to re-position the company away from a lifestyle brand and more towards art and design.

Kirin’s Site-Specific Beer Ad Celebrates the Jugoya Autumn Harvest Moon


Kirin’s ad for Izayoi no tsuki (moon of the 16th day) beer It’s well-known that Japanese culture values, and places much emphasis on, the four seasons.

Tatami mats: not just for the floor anymore


Tatami are a traditional Japanese flooring material made from tightly woven igusa (soft rush straw). To this day, even contemporary homes in Japan that are either carpeted or have wooden floors, will have a washitsu (Japanese room) that consists entirely of tatami mats.

This Tokyo Aquarium Will Transform into a Horror House at Night


“Don’t peer into the aquarium at night” Aquariums are typically reserved for family-friendly outings.

Vintage Fabrics from Around the World Transformed Into Clothing by Japanese Craftsmen


Inside the 2-story Sasaki Yohinten in Gunma, Japan Based out of Gunma, Japan, Sasaki Yohinten is a treasure trove of vintage textiles and objects.

Saya 2016: The New and Improved Computer-Generated Japanese Schoolgirl


Just when you thought the uncanny valley couldn’t get much uncannier, Saya’s parents released a new photo of our favorite not-so-typical Japanese schoolgirl.

also Soup Stock Tokyo now Open in Jiyugaoka


Soup Stock Tokyo opened their first shop in 1999. Their target customer has always been single women and men who want to grab a quick bite before or in-between work, but also eat healthy.

Kengo Kuma’s Origami-Inspired Vision for Shinagawa Station


Less than 1 year after being selected to design Tokyo’s National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has snagged another high-profile gig: designing the New Shinagawa Station in Tokyo.

Educators in Rural Japan Transform Their Home Into International Kindergarten


Siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara had been operating Clover International School out of their home. Located in the small town of Okazaki in Aichi prefecture, the school specializes in teaching kids English and Chinese from an early age.

Koya Bound: A Photobook Documenting a 1,000 Year Old Pilgrimage Walk


Earlier this year in March photographers Dan Rubin and Craig Mod spent 8 days walking 107 km (66 mi) Japan’s 1,000+ year old Kumano Kodo pilgrimage path.

Beautiful, Edible Compositions of Mosaic Sushi


photo by @natsuki_717 Variations on traditional Japanese sushi like temari-zushi and maki-zushi have inspired chefs and artists alike to create edible works of art that are meant to be devoured by our eyes as much as our mouths.

FamilyMart and UNY Merger Results in Fantastically Offensive Logo


FamilyMart, Japan’s 3rd largest convenience store chain, and UNY, the owner of fourth-ranked Circle K Sunkus, merged this week, creating the country’s second-largest convenience store chain.

Detailed Dragonball Fan Art Created by Ah Leung


“Son Goku” (2016) by Ah Leung | all photos courtesy the artist Hong Kong-based illustrator Ah Leung has created a fantastic tribute to Dragonball, one of the most iconic Japanese comics of the 1980s and 90s.

Miss Hokusai: an animated film that tells the story of an artist lost in her father’s shadow


Last year we wrote an article about Oei Katsushika, the daughter of the famed Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.

Retro Japanese Boomboxes and a Pocketbook


On the advent of hiphop, with their slick and dazzling chrome surfaces and deafening beats, boomboxes rapidly achieved widespread popularity in the 1980’s.


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