All About Japanese Fashion and Clothing

From the conventional kimono to Tokyo avenue fashion, Japanese style has an extended records of specific and exquisite apparel. How has style modified in Japan? And what do Japanese human beings usually put on? Traditional Japanese Clothing—Wafuku Traditional Japanese apparel, or wafuku, frequently includes difficult gowns referred to as kimonos worn with a sash referred […]

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Japanese Man Recreates The Last Supper out of McDonald’s Wrappers

Key Points A Japanese man named Takaya has recreated Leonardo da Vinci’s classic The Last Supper entirely out of wrapping paper collected from 50 meals from McDonald’s Takaya used the ancient Japanese artistic technique called chigirie to create a torn paper collage, which often gives the impression of a watercolor when viewed at a distance […]

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Howl’s Moving Castle’s Heen the dog has been recreated as life-size model to decorate your home – grape Japan

Donguri Kyowakoku is known as Japan’s Studio Ghibli merch paradise for a reason. They stock all kinds of items inspired by the animation studio’s beloved movies, from jewellery, to clothes, to interior goods and tableware. One thing they particularly excel at is making this merchandise extra charming, with beautiful designs and impressive amounts of detail. […]

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Japanese chef shows off simple gourmet tofu recipe perfect for summer – grape Japan

Hiyayakko is a simple cold tofu dish with soy sauce and toppings enjoyed as a classic in Japan. It’s a perfect dish on a hot day or whenever you want something to freshen up your palate. Japanese chef Mugiraisu (@HG7654321) recently came up with a unique hiyayakko recipe that has been getting viral praise online. […]

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Pringles Japan takes on an American classic with the return of their cheeseburger flavour chips – grape Japan

Japan is home to plenty of exciting and interesting snack flavours, and inspiration for these creations can come from anywhere. In particular, Pringles have been exploring the various cuisines from around the world through their potato chips. In the past few years we’ve seen ‘Argentine BBQ Grill’ flavour, ‘Sichuan Stir-fried Chicken’, and even ‘London Fish […]

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First Institutional Solo Exhibition of Kazuko Miyamoto in New York – grape Japan

It’s still difficult to travel around Japan, but cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in many ways! By Tiffany Lambert, courtesy of JAPAN Forward Since 1971, Japan Society Gallery has been the premier institution in the United States for the display and interpretation of Japanese art and culture in a global context. Through groundbreaking exhibitions and […]

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Ancient Poop May Shed New Light on 7th Century Japan

Key Points Archeologists found evidence in the remains of our poop that sheds new light on a 7th Century capital city The 7th Century capital city of Fujiwara-kyo was home to the emperor and thousands of others At the remains of an early flushing toilet, archaeologist found evidence that foreigners may have lived in Fujiwara-kyo […]

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Japanese Men are Falling in Love with Characters in an A.I. Dating Game

Key Points In Japan, people are dating, marrying, and meeting each other less and less A new romance dating game called Plus Links: Thoughts of Connecting With You is going viral in Japan as users are falling in love with its virtual characters The game utilizes a new A.I. software that generates real responses to […]

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This Japanese Artist Brings Your Favorite Pokemon To Life!

Pokemon have always been fictional game monsters, but one artist is seeking to change that Artist “Clay Yoshirin” makes full-scale Pokemon out of clay and posts his work online Clay Yoshirin’s pictures of his work and YouTube videos of how he makes them have been going viral Creating Real Life Pokemon from Clay Clay Yoshirin […]

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Edo Period Fashion – What’s Old Is New Again

Key Points Japanese artist Rin Nadeshico (撫子凛) has published the Oedo Fashion Illustrated Field Guide (お江戸ファッション図鑑). It features highly detailed illustrations of kimono fashion popular during the Edo period (1603 ~ 1867). The book is laid out in four chapters in an easy-to-navigate format reminiscent of a modern clothing catalog. Each chapter is dedicated to […]

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The Best First Date Spot in Japan Goes to…

Key Points An online survey of Japanese women in their 20’s and 30’s found three popular date spots The most important factors in these womens decision seemed to be interior design and a calm atmosphere Privately owned places—not chain stores—were by far preferred by Japanese women First Impressions are Everything A first date comes with […]

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How COVID-19 Changed Japan’s Tattoo Culture

Key Points: Tattoos have long been considered taboo in Japan due to them being associated with the Yakuza. Despite a negative connotation, COVID-19 is helping to change the perception of tattoos and tattoo culture . Along with Japan’s preparations for the Olympics and the increased interest in the “private” segment of fashion, tattoo culture has […]

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Pro-Wrestler Saves 10-Year-Old Girl From Train Station Drunk

Key Points An elementary school student was grabbed by a drunk 61-year-old man in a Kanagawa train station Pro-wrestler, Great-O-Khan, heard the young girl crying for help and intervened The Kanagawa Prefectural Police awarded Great-O-Khan a letter of appreciation The Incident Around 8:50 PM at Musashi-Kosugi station, a drunk man (61 years old) grabbed a […]

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TV Show Izakaya Shinkansen Becomes Sleeper Hit

Key Points The late night TV show Izakaya Shinkansen (居酒屋新幹線) has become a sleeper hit in Japan. The story of a Japanese “salaryman” who often makes day trips to his firm’s various branch offices scattered across the countryside. On the return leg he transforms his seat on the bullet train into a private izakaya or […]

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Japan Is the Global Leader for Healthy Life Expectancy

Key Points The Japanese are revered for their long-life span, but, possibly even more astounding is how they lead the world in terms of healthy life expectancy or “HALE.” While on balance HALE tends to be relatively high throughout the country, there are regional variances within Japan. The #1 prefecture for women is Mie at […]

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Take It Easy in New Slowpoke-Themed Pokémon Hotel Rooms

Key Points: Pokemon Inc. has collaborated with Kagawa Prefecture to create Japan’s first Pokemon-themed hotels. Slowpoke is the official Pokemon mascot of Kagawa Prefecture. Four different hotels now feature Slowpoke-themed rooms. A Message to all Pokemon Fans! Your next vacation could look like this! Image sourced from Engadget. Are you a Pokemon fan?  Want to […]

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Hyper-realistic Paintings of Water Stun Fans

What’s new: Japanese artist Yas (@0_skyblue) has caused quite a Tweetstorm on Twitter after uploading several hyper-realistic paintings of water. Why it matters: At a point when we are all on the verge of entering the Metaverse where the lines between virtual and augmented reality can become blurred, Yas has reminded us how raw talent […]

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Major Japanese Retailers Step up Support for Ukrainian Refugees

Key Points Major Japanese retail brands such as Don Quijote and MUJI are offering temporary jobs and housing for refugees from Ukraine that have landed in Japan. AEON, Japan’s largest shopping mall developer and operator, was quick to sponsor a national campaign at all of its stores that raised approximately $2.3 million. In addition to […]

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