Mamiko Masumura’s art studio takes up her bedroom. She sleeps on the living room couch of the house she shares with her parents. She wakes up before they do so she isn’t…

Inspired by the cover artwork of The New Yorker, a group of talented illustrators pay homage to the Tokyo experience by creating covers for a hypothetical mag called The Tōkyōiter. We chat…

Thinking of going back to the drawing board? Or maybe you want to try your hand at being creative for the first time? A megalopolis like Tokyo offers countless online and in-person…

Pop culture has become increasingly gripped with Japanese contemporary art. Celebrities are splurging on Takashi Murakami originals. Yayoi Kusama’s dots are exhibited around the world. Yet things within Japan are distinctly quieter…

Kimekomi is a traditional technique that involves carving narrow grooves not much wider than a fingernail onto a surface such as soft wood or smooth foam, and then tucking fabric into these…

Yoshihiko Wada has been winning awards for his fine art photography since 2015. But he was still overwhelmed when, in April this year, he was named Discovery of the Year 2017 by…

Nao Yazawa, a manga industry professional with a career spanning decades, is best known for her work on Wedding Peach, a shojo manga-turned-anime from the early 1990s. Her current work includes Moon…

Born in Kyoto in 1969, Kazuhiro Tsuji had a difficult childhood. Brought up by an abusive mother and an alcoholic father, he spent much of his youth alone making things. In his…

A few years back, Ben Beech would often find himself pedaling past a ramshackle building on his daily commute through Tokyo. It was mostly nondescript, but the hand painted signs out front…

There’s an old Japanese proverb that says, “You can leave without your lunchbox, but never leave without your umbrella.” In Kanazawa (pictured above), a city where it rains about 160 days out…

In the early 1980s, street performers Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberte gathered together a troupe and set out to entertain passers-by in the charming village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Canada. Performing on stilts,…

Cherry blossom season is just around the corner, but art is always in full bloom in Tokyo. Here’s our pick of the city’s most interesting exhibits – and we’ve even included a…