When the first section of Yamanote Line was built in 1885 it served as a freight line that connected Shinagawa and Akabane stations, completing the route that led all the way from…

Though it can be easy to mindlessly scroll through Instagram for hours without ever landing on anything remotely interesting, when you find yourself on the japan_playback account, you are instantly propelled into…

This month, we embrace a mix of traditional and contemporary art of all shapes and sizes. Surround yourself in an space-like installation, dive into the intricacies of watch-making or study the evolution…

Bending and shaping light itself to the form of a cloud Tokujin Yoshioka, a Japanese artist, and designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch, has engulfed the high-end department store Ginza Six with his grand…

Bun Hashizume was 14 years old when the atomic bomb devastated Hiroshima in 1945. Growing up as a survivor, suffering severe injuries from the blast and the consequences of unfathomable trauma, Hashizume’s…

The Art Deco movement of the 1920s and ‘30s came at the height of the French colonial empire when 10 percent of the world was under the control of France, and goods,…

When imagining a bouquet of flowers that would represent a bouncing new baby you think pastel colors – pink carnations for girls and blue irises for boys. For Tokyo-based floral artist Akiko…

For over 20 years, veteran photographer Kyu Furumi has been exploring the beauty of oceanic life all over the world, documenting a hidden world of magic through his underwater photography. And in…

The 18th-19th century ukiyoe master Katsushika Hokusai is primarily known in the West for his The Great Wave off Kanagawa, a seminal piece of Edo period art. But while Hokusai has produced…

In his quest to give a voice to the natural world, sculptor Keiji Ujiie’s decades-long career has taken him from his native Gunma Prefecture to places as far-flung as the pyramids of…

After years of working in cities across Europe, trying to capture the images in his mind’s eye on film, renowned photographer Kiyotaka Morooka is returning to Japan with an upcoming exhibition titled…

Tokyo is a magnetic city with a vibrant nightlife that covers everything from clubbing and live music to stand-up comedy and traditional performances. There are hundreds of events going on every week. However, trying to book gigs (usually in…