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Bending towards the future

Learn how magewappa artisan Yoshimasa Shibata is keeping Akita woodcraft tradition alive in everyday modern life. If you’ve travelled to Japan, chances are you’ve seen the uncoated cedar wood b...

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  • Say It with Tomatoes

    Designer and producer Michiyo Koyama adds an unusual, colourful twist to standard bouquets—by using fresh vegetables and other edible plants instead. You may be familiar with floral garlands and fr...

  • Shime like a Star

    Parfaits are eaten all over Japan and are very popular for their decadent toppings and elaborate designs. But this iconic frozen dessert is growing in popularity across Japan thanks to a cool new tren...

  • Koi Aspirations

    Japan’s tipple of choice gets a fresh look from Osaka-born graphic designer, Aya Codama. Her quirky designs have even earned her numerous international accolades! Four years ago, I set up a graphic...

  • A Kamaboko Reinvention

    The Kawachiya Company has transformed a Japanese staple into stunning works of art that keep up with the times. Kamaboko, otherwise known as fishcake, is made from finely blended fish meat. It is t...

  • Reinventing The Sweet

    More than just a sweet treat, this Japanese company has revived an age-old candy by transforming it into a mode of communication. Kumiame (assembled candy) is a traditional Japanese sweet with a ...

  • Playing with Food

    Imagine walking through a chocolate mine and “mining” for sweet treats. Or whispering your troubles into a cocktail glass and getting a bespoke concoction. These are the sort of whimsical ideas the te...

  • Fields of Artistic Gold

    With the paddy field as a canvas, what can you create? Koyu Suzuki, village chief of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture, shares the story behind his quaint town’s incredible invention: Tanbo art. ...

  • Going Bananas!

    We all know fruit is good for us, but for artist Inazuma Akai, bananas are more than just a good source of potassium – they are a medium for his art. As an artist, I get my inspiration from many p...

  • Candy Crush

    The intricate candy craft from Ameshin is made using only a pair of scissors and bare hands. Shinri Tezuka, a self-taught amezaiku craftsman, tells us why he decided to pick up this rare Japanese art ...

  • When Food Meets Fashion

    My family has long been in the food replica business, creating food replicas to cater to restaurants and the F&B industry. Unfortunately, when the economy went down, the restaurant industry went o...

  • BentoDreaming

    We’ve been told not to play with our food, but bento artist Keisuke Umeda breaks these rules by creating beautiful, yet whimsical works of art that are just as edible. And while bento sets may be a co...

  • Sweet, Sweet Success

    One could argue that Japanese food is an art form in itself, with chefs taking exceptional pride in food presentation. However, sweets artist Junichi Mitsubori elevates this art form by channeling his...