As a struggling art student with no money to buy a replacement for his worn-out wallet, Fuyuki Shimazu decided it was time to improvize. Spotting a discarded but stylish-looking cardboard box used…

From June 8, the Eki museum in Kyoto will display the works of famous Japanese photographer Anju focusing on Heian-kyo. Literally translating to “the capital of peace and tranquility,” it’s the old…

In May 2018, Stasia Matsumoto launched her photography project #TattooGirlsJP on Instagram. Already a skilled photographer – who also runs a business offering personalized kimono experiences and photo shoots – she wanted…

Tokyo is home to the world’s most impressive museums from Roppongi’s modern Mori Art Museum to The National Art Center, Tokyo, the architectural marvel designed by Kisho Kurokowa. Beyond these internationally acclaimed institutions, Tokyo is…

Riyo Mori caught the dancing bug when she was just four years old. Practicing jazz and tap dance at her mother’s studio, she pictured herself one day performing in front of large…

Calligraphy brushes, loaded with unforgiving black ink, are hovering nervously over clean white paper in Atsushi Miyazaki’s studio. After a brief introduction to the history of shodo and proper brush technique, it’s…

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, a disaster that not only left more than 19,000 people either dead or missing, but also triggered the world’s…

One of the most respected and recognizable faces of British sportscasting, Gabby Logan has been in the media industry for more than two decades. During that time, she’s covered some of the…

There’s a difference between the kind of photographer who simply captures pretty images and the kind who spends months, even years, concentrating on peeling back the layers of a subject to expose…

Just under a decade ago Hiroki Morimoto was involved in a near-fatal traffic accident that had a profound impact not only on his life but also the lives of those closest to…

Legendary war photographer Robert Capa once said, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Tokyo-based street photographer Deandre Scott points his camera so close to people that viewers can…

Often associated with otaku culture, Japanese manga has slipped into the mainstream in South America across Europe in the last fifteen years, and in the last decade in North America. Though still slightly overshadowed…