Sashaying through the lobby of At-home Café’s newest and largest outpost in Akiba Culture Zone seems like the only appropriate way of moving through the space. It’s rare that I would feel…

Akemi Lucas, who goes by her shodo (calligraphy) master name Koshu, meaning “crimson autumn,” has been living in the UK for over 20 years now. Practicing the traditional art since the tender…

The 94th Academy Awards take place on Sunday (Monday morning Japan time) with Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car nominated in four categories, including Best Picture. There’s no doubt that the three-hour drama is deserving of…

Fashion is many things to many people. It can be liberating but also oppressive. Fashion is empowering and feminist but also discriminatory and sexist. All things considered, fashion is absurd and contradictory…

Art often imitates life, so naturally, many books, films, manga and anime are set in real places all across Japan. Perhaps most iconic of all, Japan’s capital is popping up in countless…

For the past 17 years, Daniel Patterson has enjoyed a quiet life in Japan. Hailing from the east coast of Canada, he initially split his time between teaching, taking care of his…

In the past couple of years, the sauna has seen a surge in punters, with even art collectives such as teamLab taking note. The creative group’s recent Rinkan Sauna, which gave “saunners” (people…

Imagine a dainty bracelet with a pattern of bird’s feathers, a jungle gym ball pendant and a ring inspired by daikon peelings. These descriptions are a far cry from what one would…

It’s been 11 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated the region of Tohoku. Almost 20,000 died in the disaster as the waves wreaked havoc in towns, reaching heights of up…

Japan has made a name for itself in the latte art sphere. In the World Latte Art Championship, Japanese baristas have consistently placed in the top six and claimed two victories. There…

Umoja, (stylized as UMOJA), is Tokyo Poetry Journal‘s latest publication and Japan’s first anthology in English of art, poetry and prose by artists of the Black diaspora. Meaning “unity” in Swahili, Umoja is a testament…

Latin food is a broad topic that can encompass completely distinct cuisines. For instance, specific beverages like Cuban coffee or dining styles such as the all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrasco, both of which you…