Shorter pieces shedding light on the creativity underlying Japanese culture and technology and on lives and lifestyles in Japan.

Japan’s Popular Tourist Destinations

Japan has tourist spots appealing to many different kinds of visitor, whether they are looking for natural beauty, historical sites, contemporary architecture and shops, or the latest attractions. This series takes you to some of the most interesting places around Japan.

Cormorant Fishing: An Ancient Tradition to Mark Each New Summer
Inns and Outs: Five “Ryokan” in Tokyo
Mount Takao: A Natural Treasure Nestled in Western Tokyo
Japan’s Christmas Lights for 2016 (Photo Gallery)
Umeda Sky Building (Photo Gallery)
Dramatic Architecture and Views at Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building

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Japan’s Ancient Giants of the Forest

Japan’s woodlands account for 70% of the nation’s land area and boast a rich diversity of trees that have grown over the centuries to awe-inspiring height and girth. In this series we visit several of the Japan’s most famous "kyoju"—the ancient giants of the forest.

Deepening Summer: Ancient Trees in the Season of Heat
Early Summer Dew: Three Ancient Trees in the Season of Rain
Spring Immemorial: Ancient Trees in a New Season of Green
Venerable Blossoms: Daigozakura in Okayama
Venerable Blossoms: The Yoshitaka Sakura in Chiba
Venerable Blossoms: Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima
Venerable Blossoms: Three of Japan’s Most Revered “Sakura”

Photo City Tokyo

When it comes to great cities for photography, Tokyo ranks alongside New York and Paris. Japan's capital is Asia's top location in terms of the availability of photography-related information, with hundreds of collections being printed each year and a dazzling array of galleries and specialty stores for the photo lover. In this series we explore Tokyo through its photo culture.

Photogenic Places to Visit: TOP, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Photo Curator Itō Takahiro on the Photography of the Heisei Era
So Books: The Thrill of the Rare Photo Book Find
Photography as Problem-Solver: Talking with T3 Photo Festival Cofounder Hayami Ihiro
A Feast for the Eyes and Stomach: Megutama, the Photography Book Café
Talking About Japan’s Photo Culture with Photography Critic Iizawa Kōtarō

Manga and Anime in Japan Today

Japan's manga and anime creators are increasingly finding a global audience for their works. Here we examine the rising stars of these creative industries, along with the masters of the past whose work continues to influence the output of artists today and fire the imaginations of the artists of tomorrow.

Endless Experimentation: Independent Animation Master Yamamura Kōji
Deciphering the Universality of Oshii Mamoru’s “Ghost in the Shell”
A Treasure Trove of Early Japanese Animation
Frederik Schodt’s Four Decades as a Manga Ambassador to the World
The Independent Vision of Anime Filmmaker Shinkai Makoto
The Classic Storytelling of Anime Director Hosoda Mamoru

“Cool Traditions” Stay in Tune with Modern Life

Traditional art forms and aesthetics can be infused with new creativity as they are passed along from generation to generation. This series looks at some of these “cool traditions” that remain relevant by perfectly suiting contemporary sensibilities.

Beyond the Great Wave: Hokusai’s “Deep Old Age” at the British Museum
The Sash Tying Japan to the West Bank: Palestinian Embroidery Inspires a Cultural Entrepreneur
Mikimoto Kōkichi: The Pearl King and His Museum
A Peek into the Pearl Culture of Mie Prefecture
Keeping the “Ama” Tradition Alive in the Seas of Mie
Nishioka Fumio: An Armorer Bringing National Treasures Back to Life
The Nippon Bunraku Project Brings Barrier-Free Performances of Classical Puppet Theater to Ise Shrine
Digitally Mastered: The Ceramic Artwork of Masuda Toshiya
The Avant-Garde in Raku Ware
Keeping Japan’s Traditional Music Alive: Koto Player Curtis Patterson
The Deep Stillness of a Raku Tea Bowl
Listening to the Voices of Trees: The Bonsai World of Kawabe Takeo
Outdoor Performances Bring Bunraku Back to Its Popular Roots
New Hokusai Museum Showcases Japan’s Most Celebrated Artist
Wood, Mold, and Japanese Architecture
Cai Guo-Qiang Makes a “Homecoming” to Japan
Tsuchiya Bag and the Art of the “Randoseru”: The Making of a Timeless Backpack
“Randoseru” Backpacks Shed Childish Image as They Win Global Fans
Craftsman Robert Soanes: Restorer of Samurai Armor
Fireworks by “Hanabishi” Masters Blossom in the Night Sky
Modern-day Artisans Carry On the “Ukiyo-e” Tradition
Glorious Fireworks Color the Autumn Sky
Ukiyo-e Prints Reflect the Popular Culture of Edo
Ōmagari Fireworks Bedazzle the World
Shunga: Japanese Erotic Art Takes London by Storm
Mining the Past for New Gold: Artist Yamaguchi Akira
Bonsai: Nature in the Palm of Your Hand

Shapers of Japanese History

Look back on the lives of the people who have influenced Japan and its culture over the years.

Sakamoto Ryōma: The Samurai Who Dreamed of a Modern Japan
Natsume Sōseki: Japan’s Foremost Modern Novelist

The Simple Joys of Japanese Stationery

Stationery makers in Japan offer a dazzling lineup of innovative and trendy products, including customizable notebooks, masking tape in a rainbow of colors and designs, and imaginatively shaped erasers. Whether for a gift or personal use, there is something to meet almost any taste. In this series we delve into the remarkable world of writing materials to explore the ideas behind some of Japan’s most creative stationery items.

Hit the Road in Japan and Abroad with the Traveler’s Notebook

Tools for the Japanese Table

Healthy and delicious, Japan’s traditional cuisine is winning followers around the world. Japanese tableware and cooking utensils are one factor supporting this unique culinary culture. From the traditional crafts that make eating more fun to the master craftsmen themselves and their innovative technologies, we introduce the backstories and the workplaces where culinary masterpieces are born.

Bjorn Heiberg, the “Savior of the Japanese Knife”

Tokyo Toward 2020

Tokyo is changing its appearance with a flurry of construction in the runup to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. In this series, we take a close look at the projects reshaping the metropolis.

Revamping Shibuya: A Massive Redevelopment Project Gives the Station Area a New Look

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