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Soothing Summer Wind Chimes from Shinohara Furin

Shopping in Tokyo? Head to Shinohara Furin Honpo for some traditional glass wind chimes. Originally thought to ward off evil spirits, furin wind chimes can be made of glass or iron, and take the form of a bell of varied shapes which flutters gently...

Traditional Japanese Crafts in Osaka: Tenugui make great summer souvenirs

Osaka's "Nakani" shop creates the patterns on the tenugui hand towels using a technique called “chusen,” which is said to have been invented in Osaka in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Often just a simple...

Crafting Culture at Hida Folk Village

Looking to travel back in time during your stay in Takayama? Hida Folk Village is a quaint, serene and authentic look into Japan's craft history. Hida Folk Village is a little known gem hidden in the hills of...