Shokkiri: The Comedy Routine that Portrays Illegal Sumo Moves

Sumo wrestling is a Japanese sport that, in its current form, dates back to the 16th century. Steeped in history and tradition, the sport is highly ritualistic and parts are often associated with Shintoism. However, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it lacks a sense of humor. In fact, there is an entire ritual called […]

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Toshizo Hirose’s Stamps Highlight the Unique Charms of Japan’s Public Bath Houses

What better reprieve is there from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life than a trip to the local public bath house (sento)? Such is the focus of Toshizo Hirose, who has made it his life’s work to depict the unique characteristics of bath houses all across Japan in an equally unique medium: stamps. Each of […]

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Japan to Build 350-Meter Wooden Skyscraper

Despite being a sustainable resource that can be harvested from perennials, the use of wood in cities and high-rises has long been avoided. Wood has been thought of as structurally unsafe, susceptible to rotting, and flammable. But thanks to advances in technology that has enabled the engineering of mega-strong, fire-resistant timber, wood is now slowly […]

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The Birds of Tokyo Beautifully Illustrated by Ryo Takemasa

Last year the commercial complex Tokyo Midtown invited illustrator Ryo Takemasa to illustrate some of the most common birds in Tokyo. By teaming up with graphic design studio Tawarasha, they created a wonderful little pamphlet of 25 of the most common birds in Tokyo. They’re all there, from the common swallow and turtle dove to […]

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Photographs of Transparent Acrylic Perfectly Sandwiched Between Stacked Stones

Born in 1989, Takuma Sato is a Japanese photographer who studied architecture in school. His work tends to be highly conceptual and his approach to photography is one that highlights the architectural relationship between objects. One of his most eye-capturing, thought-provoking and just overall satisfying series is WYSASSS. The acronym stands for – you’ll never […]

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Photographs of Transparent Acrylic Perfectly Sandwiched Between Stacked Stones

Born in 1989, Takuma Sato is a Japanese photographer who studied architecture in school. His work tends to be highly conceptual and his approach to photography is one that highlights the architectural relationship between objects. One of his most eye-capturing, thought-provoking and just overall satisfying series is WYSASSS. The acronym stands for – you’ll never […]

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Green Tea-Inspired Hotels Coming to Tokyo

In recent years green tea has appeared to follow the very same trajectory as coffee from 1st wave and 2nd wave to now 3rd wave. For better or for worse, green tea is no longer considered an old person’s beverage. It’s hip, it’s healthy and it’s everywhere. Cafes in Japan (and all over the world, […]

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8-Bit Mini Puppy by Shinji Murakami

Inspired by the ancient yet versatile 8-bit technology, NY-based Japanese artist Shinji Murakami has been creating works that harken back to the original Dragon Quest, Zelda and other video games of his childhood. So it’s not surprising that much of his work takes after the nostalgic, 8-bit aesthetic of pixelated bumpiness. One of his latest […]

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