People in Tiny Rooms, Tokyo.

We’ve all heard about Japan’s extraordinary ‘capsule hotels,’ but photographer Won Kim’s intimate photos give us a personal look at another set of tight living quarters – a hidden hotel in Tokyo that was designed as a guesthouse for backpackers. Kim stumbled across the hotel when backpacking across Japan, and returned two years later to […]

The Back Alleys of Tokyo.

Japanese photographer Masashi Wakui has a great eye in terms of picking out everyday scenes that are rich in details and conveys something about daily life in Japan. He takes photos of Tokyo’s back alleys at night and manipulates them by boosting the colors and playing with hazes that adds depth to the images. Though […]

Mount Fuji at Sunset.

Japanese photographer Hidenobu Suzuki offers an immersion in his native country. He freezes colourful landscapes from the Land of the Rising Sun. For example, the colours of Mount Fuji during sunset. See more images via Japan Immersion Photography – Fubiz Media.

Lost in the Beauty Of Tokyo.

My name is Liam Wong, and I work in the video games industry as Graphic Design Director at Ubisoft, where I direct the ‘look and feel’ / visual identity for games. Originally from Scotland, two and a half years into my career I moved to Canada. Since then I have been lucky enough to travel […]

Polychrome Woodblock of Itō Jakuchū Birds.

Golden Pheasant in the Snow This beautiful polychrome woodblock print is a Meiji era copy (ca. 1900) of original designs (ca. 1771). by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), A Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period notable for his striking modern aesthetic. Born in Kyoto, Jakuchū was strongly influenced by Zen Buddhist ideals throughout his life and his […]

The Plastic Food of Japan.

About a dozen fake food factories operate in Japan making plastic food replicas for restaurants and collectors alike. One of the first pioneers of the replica food industry was the businessman Ryuzo Iwasaki, who began selling his creations in Osaka in 1932. After achieving initial success in the big city, he moved back to his […]

The Oji New Year Fox Parade, Tokyo.

A participant wearing a fox mask takes part in the Oji Fox Parade to mark the new year on 1 January, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. The Oji Fox Parade was established in 1993 as a modern-day, living re-creation of an artwork that depicts the legend of how foxes from all over the Kanto region would […]

B/W shot of Ladies in the Rain.

Image Credit: © Megan Kennedy. All rights reserved. Rain in the streets of Tokyo Three women make their way home in the rain, laughing to each other beneath their umbrellas. Source: Rain in the streets of Tokyo | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

The World’s Oldest Surviving Pair of Glasses, c. 1475.

via Erik Kwakell The On-Line Museum and Encyclopedia of Vision Aids believes the Glasses above are the world’s oldest surviving pair of glasses. Dating back to the 15th century, the glasses belonged to the Eighth Shogun, Yoshimasa Ashikaga, who reigned from 1449 to 1473, during the Muromachi period of Japanese history. Both the glasses and […]

Tashirojima, ‘Cat Island’.

On the island of Tashirojima, the cats outnumber people, and the people like it that way and it’s no accident. The cats n Tashirojima, or what has become known as “Cat Island,” in Japan have come to be the island’s primary residents. Cats have long been thought by the locals to represent luck and good fortune, […]