Still searching for that special something? Need to surprise your friends and family? Don't worry, when it comes to unique gift items, Japan has you covered. Here is our selection of the 15 ...
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While Kyoto is usually the place in Japan best known for traditions and cultural heritage, visitors to Tokyo who want to experience this firsthand can enjoy a stay at hotel koé from February next ...
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Japanese electronic musical instrument manufacturer Roland has teamed up with Kodo, a taiko traditional drumming company, to provide the world's first electronic Japanese taiko. Although still in ...
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Somenova, a do-it-yourself dyeing workspace opening this month in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district, is as much a response to today's booming DIY movement as it is a reclamation of Japan's crafts ...
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The Star Wars villain like you've never seen him before!
The fundoshi revival continues now with this luxury update on the classic Japanese undergarment. Librement Kobe has created two 100% silk satin fundoshi lingerie items, one for men and one for ...
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In February, a Polish women became the first foreign female professional player of the Japanese strategic board game shogi. It's relatively rare for shogi to make the foreign-language news but the ...
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Japan is famous for its toilets. Japan is also famous for its crafts. So why not combine the two? Well, someone did. Japanese toilets are somewhat renowned for their technology ingenuity, from the ...
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It's almost time for the traditional festival of the Hinamatsuri, also known as Doll's Day or Girls' Day. This is when ornamental dolls representing the emperor and empress from the Heian period are ...
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The umbrella that might just get you arrested!
From traditional instruments to the National Theatre mascot, you've never seen Piko Taro done quite like this. The curiously attired Piko Taro recently returned with a follow-up to his global ...
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If you thought Piko Taro's "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" (PPAP) couldn't get any more "Japanese", think again. Adding to the countless numbers of adaptations and parodies already out there clogging up ...
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Japanese fashion brand Trove has created a series of what it calls Wa-Robe items ("wa" meaning Japanese). The most exciting of these are three Star Wars Hanten, coming in designs featuring Master ...
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This article by Adriana Mazza first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo. Photo by Adriana Mazza Boroichi Market: Intangible Folk Cultural Asset There’s something pretty magical about an intangible ...
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Japanese horror movie-inspired beauty masks
Always wondered about wabi-sabi but too embarrassed to ask? No problem, The School of Life has you covered in this 9-minute video. As the makers say, "At the heart of Japanese philosophy ...
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Searching for Hell is a new continent-crossing documentary covering humanity's universal curiosity about hell and the underworld. The film features five different teams telling stories and ...
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All year Japan has been going Star Wars crazy, not least because a certain film sequel is about to be unleashed on the world box office. This has lead to a slew of products and tie-ups. Some of ...
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