Venture further, deeper.

Japan can be a mysterious place, even to those living there. Traditions can be revived as new. What’s amazing to outsiders can be normal to the people within. From the rural to urban, from food to culture, we “venture further, deeper”― showing the hidden charm and character throughout Japan’s various locales.
These beachside Airbnb rentals in Japan have stunning ocean views
Tourists often visit Japan during summer to experience cultural traditions in major cities, like the Obon festival or firework festivals. But it’s ...
Tech meets tradition: Revitalizing a community with Nara’s Yoshino Cedar House
“Technology × Tradition.”  While it’s an oft-explored concept, the collaboration of “Airbnb × Yoshino Cedar” aspires not to merely pique interest, ...
35,000 candles light up one of Japan's most luminous festivals
While the memories from the Great Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 were still fresh, in April 2016 a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck right beneath the cit...
185-year-old roof tile maker’s exquisite handmade tableware
Traditional tableware from Japan can take on multiple forms, whether it’s the snowy white porcelain of Arita or Kutani, or the mottled finish stony...
The minimalist bath mat created by Japanese plasterers in construction
While the habits of how people use bath mats may differ, fundamentally most bathmats are the same—a it’s rectangular-shaped fabric that acts like a...
8 stunning mirror-like water destinations in Japan
Japan’s photogenic spots typically are more characterized by compact spaces than vast expanses, whether it’s capturing the neon city lights of Kabu...
Testing $70 vs $1 nail clippers: The obsessive dedication behind hand-crafted Suwada steel (video)
There’s a Japanese word for demand and passion for excellence that lacks a direct English translation—kodawari. While a difficult word to accuratel...
The largest Buddha statue nobody's heard of
Giant buddha, or daibutsu statues are a tourism favorite in Japan. Two of the most famous monuments are in the Todaiji Temple in Nara prefecture an...
140-year old Japanese factory still makes canvas shoes by hand
Years after Chuck Taylor went door-to-door selling his All-Star shoes, Converse is one of the most well-recognized iconic names for footwear. Yet t...
Budget souvenirs that don't suck at Shibuya's Maruara
Plastic katanas—the Japanese canary in the coal mine for kitsch souvenir shops.For years I’d walk down Inokashira street, one of the arteries of Sh...
Cutting-edge Fake Tokyo is both friend and foe of Shibuya fashion
Shibuya is ever-transforming as megaplexes like Shibuya Cast crowd out young, experimental fashion boutiques, and unique street styles like B-boys ...
Forget Ichiran—try ramen at these two popular local spots in Shibuya
Ichiran has become to ramen in Tokyo what Shake Shack is to burgers in New York City. The popularity of the ubiquitous chain has taken a life of it...
The dingy restaurant that serves some of the best yakiniku BBQ in Shibuya
Pictures speak a thousand words. And if you’re prone like myself to getting visually seduced, all the mouth-watering macro shots of marbled beef ou...
Standing bar with 135-year history hidden in plain sight in Shibuya
Even by Tokyo standards Shibuya is a city quick to move on, whether in continually rotating fast-fashion, or even with larger businesses that get l...
For all budgets: 12 restaurants to eat in Shibuya
Dining in Shibuya is a double-edged sword for visitors. On one hand, the scale and density of the city means there’s no shortage of restaurants, wh...
Raw Tokyo is a flea-market haven for vintage and recycled street fashion
While farmer’s markets have boomed in the Americas and Europe thanks to a swell in demand for locally sourced organic produce, flea markets haven’t...
Thousands go underground at this nightclub when clock hits midnight
From dingy dives in Roppongi to the random joints scattered in Shinjuku, it’s daunting to find the best clubs in Tokyo, let alone Shibuya, where th...
Michelin-rated affordable French bistro is buried in a Shibuya back alley
234: That’s the latest number of Michelin-rated restaurants in Tokyo according to the 2018 guide, more than doubling second-place Osaka and third-p...
Furniture line for cats reflects quirky passion of Japanese craftsmen
The first time I heard about cat furniture, I was puzzled. Expecting feline-themed textiles catering to crazy cat ladies, as I researched I discove...
The Japanese fortune-telling that uses mold to predict your future
Whether 2017 was a fantastic year or not, we’re all likely curious about our fortunes for 2018. While I'm an editor/writer, I also have a deep inte...