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Japan has some of the most versatile art in the world, expanding through time and adapting from nearly major artistic movement. Historically Japanese art is known for its ability to adapt the artistic styles of others, especially the ancient Chinese arts. Even still, Japan has found its own voice among the crown. Come see what wonders the unique mixture of tradition and modernity has to offer.

Training Through Tohoku (4): Traditional Crafts

The Tohoku Traditional Crafts List A cute hand-carved figurine or hand-stitched gift makes for a great keepsake in your living room display case or for daily use, and there's no lack of such creative crafts...

Nakamura Keith Haring Collection: New York pop art in Yamanashi

Universal art meets Japanese blending The Japanese are masters in blending their ancient culture with foreign and modern influences. Majestic shrines next to towering skyscrapers, tatami rooms with plasma screen televisions, manga-themed kabuki performances, anything seems...

Nishimura Yuzen-Chokoku

About Nishimura Yuzen Chokoku: From kimono dyeing to iPad case design From kimono dyeing to iPad case design Takeshi Nishimura from Kyoto is a living legend in the world of yuzen-chokoku, which is the craft of...

Café Crawl: Meikyoku Kissa Lion

A sip of Showa in modern Shibuya Step inside Meikyoku Kissa Lion, and for a moment you might think you’ve mistakenly entered a church or an aged music theatre. But at this 89-year old iconic...

Nostalgic Pottering in Yanesen Part 2

Shitamachi roaming by bicycle Last time we left off at the Nennekoya. Get on your Tokyo bike as it's time to potter on! (For part 1, see "Nostalgic Pottering in Yanasen Part 1") Nezu Shrine With a history of...

Asagaya Tanabata Festival, larger than life

How a traditional Chinese festival became Japanese street art Orihime and Hikoboshi are two lovers that represent the Vega and Altair star respectively. Normally the Milky Way separates them, but only once a year, on the...

Editor’s Pick: One Piece’s theme park in the heart of Tokyo

  The Straw Hat Crew Takes Over Tokyo Tower! Experience an exhilarating adventure with Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew at the Tokyo One Piece Tower, located at the base of Tokyo Tower. Spanning three floors...

The Japan Subculture Cheat Sheet

From Atom Boy to Akihabara – everything you need to know about Subculture in Japan It’s not too far off to say that every Japanese grows up on a diet of anime and manga, differing...

Osaka’s Over-The-Top Billboards

From Deep Sea Creatures to Cheese Puff s' Uncle Karl In Osaka, people are loud and things tend to get larger than life - especially their billboards. These flamboyant and extravagant advertisements show how Osaka has always been a city...

Where does this ghost train bring us?

A visit to ghost town, Sakaiminato