“With Japanese, the arrangement of cut flowers in vessels of various kinds has become a decorative art of considerable refinement, compared to which Western methods of floral composition have the appearance merely…

“Sometimes you need these pandemics to rethink society and how things work.” Andrea Terceros’ words stayed with me long after I had ended our Zoom meeting. Instead of looking into the future with an anxious…

The career of Icelandic and Chinese painter Eirdís was just taking off in Beijing when the city was brought to a halt in January due to the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic. Quarantined, and…

The internet is what’s keeping us together right now. It’s how we’re still managing to produce Tokyo Weekender magazine while working from home and it’s how we’re keeping in contact with our loved…

In 2016 photographer Paule Saviano began working on a new series of portraits exploring gender identity and the lives of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The ongoing photo project, entitled “Embrace,” celebrates the…

Photography is a powerful tool. It can be used to both terrify and inspire. Over the years, we’ve covered our fair share of photo stories, documenting everything from haunting shots of post-2011 Fukushima…

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,…