In 2009, Yuhaku Nakagaki launched yuhaku, a leather goods shop. Before this Nakagaki had studied architecture, evident in the sleek lines and elegance of his new works. His emphasis on color is…

Confession: on more than one occasion I’ve held up the line for softcream, indecisive among all of the flavors. In 1950, when softcream was introduced to Japan, indecisiveness was probably not an…

While the phrase “survival of the fittest” conjures up images of cutthroat competition and everyone fighting for themselves, the reality is that it’s the most clever and cooperative live on — both…

There is a phrase in Japanese, satoyama, that describes a mountain ecosystem where the fields and wooded slopes engage within the proximity of human settlements. Satoyama, however, is not only a type of…

“Location, location, location” used to be the mantra of most city dwellers when choosing a place to live. With work from home on the rise, the comfort of your living space is…

When it comes to making simple holidays convoluted, Japan takes the gold medal. Valentine’s Day in Japan is a two-day affair: February 14 is a day where women will gift chocolate to…

There’s a party, or several parties, happening tonight. But do you have an invitation? They’re also occurring all over the globe, are online and completely audio-based. Welcome to the booming world of…

Kicking off 2021 in great form, January was a particularly strong month for new Japanese music. As well as the tracks below, the very end of December saw the release of Keiichi…

February heralds the first fleeting signs of spring, and with that, perhaps, a subtle nudge towards a more positive outlook for the year ahead. Keeping that positive spirit in mind, here are…

Many of us ousted ogres from our apartment during Setsubun to ensure good luck for the new season. But how do we know these demon-faced entities are evil spirits? What if —…

Starting off the year with a bang (for Haru Nemuri, quite literally) there were some terrific new Japanese singles released in January. Beyond those below, there were other great tracks from Chai,…

Riko Monma is the talk of the Tokyo art scene with her first-ever solo exhibition, Slowscapes showcasing at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku. The 26-year-old New Zealand native spent years developing her style and is now pursuing a…