Magical Bookends Transform Bookshelves into the Back Alleys of Japan

If you’ve ever wandered around Tokyo on foot you’ll know that it can sometimes be like a spider web of side streets and back alleys. It’s one of the things that makes Tokyo so unique and therein li...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 5 days, 15 hours ago | 0 comments

Kyoto University Signs Removed

Kyoto University has removed a number of signs put up by student groups around campus. But new ones protesting the removal were posted soon after.

University officials on Sunday removed signs from ...

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Timber volumes form live-work spaces for artist and architect in rural Japan

Japanese architect Makoto Suzuki has designed his own live-work space as a series of interlocking timber-clad buildings near Sapporo on Hokkaido island.

Suzuki created his own living and working sp...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 3 weeks, 5 days ago | 0 comments

A Kimono for Each Country

A project is underway to create kimonos representing the participating countries for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Denim Koi

Carp streamers featuring printed denim patterns are flying in Kurashiki City, the denim capital of Japan.

The streamers were made by a blue jeans company and a carp streamer maker in Okayama Prefec...

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The Sprawling Legacy of Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli

Isao Takahata, a master of Japanese animation who co-founded the beloved animation house Studio Ghibli with fellow titan Hayao Miyazaki, died following a battle with lung cancer at the Teikyo Unive...

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What Isle of Dogs Gets Right About Japan

A week ago, I saw Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” or “Inu-ga-shima.” I saw it as someone who, upon hearing that name, is forcibly reminded of Oni-ga-shima, the isle of demons where Peach Boy, a hero...

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Kengo Kuma designs Japan's first Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel chain is opening its first Japanese outpost in Kyoto this winter, in a former telephone exchange building overhauled by Kengo Kuma.

Japanese architect Kuma will convert the ShinPuhKan...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 month ago | 0 comments

In Japan, Samurai Cuisine Is Racking Up Michelin Stars

In the town of Shiogama in Miyagi Prefecture, there’s a residential neighborhood overlooking Matsushima Bay, the epicenter of Japan’s catastrophic March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. On a...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 month, 1 week ago | 0 comments

Samurai Parade

About 1,500 people dressed as samurai warriors in armor have paraded in central Japan to celebrate 16th-century warlord Takeda Shingen.

The parade on Saturday in the streets of Kofu, Yamanashi Pref...

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