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The Comfort of Glass Art to Those Passing Through a StructureNew!


KANAGAWA – Mari Noguchi’s Works of Architectural Glass Art Capture Ephemerality. Art sometimes presents us with unconventional ideas that strike in unexpected ways; sometimes it even enables us to access an old memory. Mari Noguchi, a pioneer o…


What Makes Katsuobushi Dried Bonito Invaluable -2

TOKYO – So what exactly is dried bonito, anyway? Most Japanese people know shavings of dried b…

What Makes Katsuobushi Dried Bonito Invaluable -1

TOKYO – Until about 40 years ago in Japan, every family had a dried bonito (katsuobushi) shave…

Why are They Turning Back to Traditional Japanese Food? -2

CHIBA – Tohoku University conducted an interesting experiment in 2016 that indicates a notable…

Symmetrical Sliding Doors Lure Natural Light


KANAGAWA – This methodical view was taken from inside the main building of Daiyuzan Saijoji te…

Offbeat Wajima Lacquerware to Benefit Today’s Users-2


ISHIKAWA – A New Series of Wajima-nuri Lacquerware “Urushi-Coated Cloth Plate” (Continued from…

Offbeat Wajima Lacquerware to Benefit Today’s Users -1


ISHIKAWA – What if it rains all day, every day? Wouldn’t you feel depressed? But to those who …

Mr. Fuji Appears Unusually Modest in the Background


KANAGAWA – Can you see Mt. Fuji far in the distance? On a beautiful, sunny summer day, you can…

Why is This Hiroshima Guy’s Glass of Beer So Superb?


HIROSHIMA – Yutaka Shigetomi is the owner of a small liquor store in Hiroshima, Japan. The cit…

A Young Maple Leaf Makes a Detour


TOKYO – A ray of sunshine filtered through leaves caught the fresh green maple leaf on an earl…

Angel’s Promenade Looms Out of the Sea on an Island.


KAGAWA – When the tide recedes, a long narrow road will emerge in the middle of the sea. This is the…

Water Under the Kappabashi Bridge


NAGANO – “Water under the bridge” is a beautiful English phrase meaning forgiveness. Here at K…

Skinny Red Poppies Enjoy Being Themselves


IBARAKI – Two tiny red poppies are looking up into the sky from an entirely-blue carpet of Nem…

Cherry Blossoms are Open in April’s Kenrokuen


ISHIKAWA – In April, the cherry blossoms are almost all gone in Tokyo. But in the Hokuriku Dis…

Rising Bamboo Entertains Visitors in Memory of Busho


KYOTO – When we think of bamboo woods in Kyoto, the Arashiyama and Sagano districts are probably at …

Wind Chime’s Cute Sounds Bring Summer Reminiscence


NARA – Japan’s summer is almost over. When the temperature goes below 30 Celsius, we begin to feel t…

The Mood of the 18th-Century Streets Attract Visitors


CHIBA – There are several towns and streets that maintain the traditional feel of the Edo peri…

Noh Masks Infused with the Spirit of Craftsmanship


TOKYO – When you say “it looks like a Noh mask” in Japanese, it means “expressionlessness.” On…

Hydrangeas, a Splash of Vitality in the Rainy Gloominess


KANAGAWA – Until early July, Japan is typically in the rainy season. At these times the high h…

Soaring Creativity of Byobu Folding Screens -2


TOKYO – In this part, more unconventional works will be introduced. This byobu uses a stole th…

Soaring Creativity of Byobu Folding Screens -1


TOKYO – What do you imagine when you hear the word “byobu?” If you are Japanese, you will prob…

Onarutokyo Shows Up in Pale-Pink Chiffon Skies


TOKUSHIMA – Onarutokyo bridge, seen from the side of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island. T…

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