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Casdoce (カスドース), a confection made for lords & emperors

Traditional castella sponge cakes, introduced to Japan by Portuguese merchants circa 1550, are cut precisely into bite-sized pieces before they're soaked in bright yellow egg yolks and boiled in a sugar water syrup. T...

The art of carving, Haruya Abe

By carving simple yet elegant patterns into pottery, Japanese ceramicist Haruya Abe has created a beautiful line of handmade dishware and a large instagram following. His account features short videos of his diligent ...

A Japanese ‘Pythagoras Switch’ Rube Goldberg Machine for charity

This awesome Pythagora Switch / Pitagora Suitchi clip launches with a table tennis serve and takes off into chain reactions and table top engineering wonders galore. See ping pong balls, tape rolls, marbles, and metal...

A Circle Thief (まるどろぼう)

A subway rider diligently attempts to thwart the circle thief who is taking all of the useful round objects: A Circle Thief (まるどろぼう) by Tokyo-based art and design student Komoto.

Incredible Amezaiku candy animal sculptures by Shinri Tezuka

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes... all edible. In the art of Amezaiku (飴細工), artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures. D...

A speeding toy train plays the William Tell Overture on bottles

Enjoy this clip from Japanese television: Members of AKB48, a popular music group consisting of more than 130 young women, arrange bottles along a toy train track so that the speeding train will play the William Tell ...

The AgIC marker draws circuits with conductive ink

It's easy to doodle a circuit! Made with silver conductive nanoparticles, the ink in the AgIC Circuit Marker can conduct electricity, as shown in this pop-up book inspired Japanese commercial by Kandenko. Watch the LE...

Wooden toys by 80-year-old Japanese toymaker Masaaki Hiroi

Fourth generation toymaker Masaaki Hiroi handcrafts toys in his workshop at the age of 80. In this AJ+ profile, he talks about his work, his classic toys, and aging. He wants to live until he's 200 years old. An excer...

Pounding Mochi with the Fastest Mochi Maker in Japan

At the award-winning Nakatani-dou rice cake shop in Nara, Japan, the making of traditional Daifuku mochi is an event in itself. Owner Mitsuo Nakatani pounds the rice with his fist at breakneck speeds while a large woo...

A pop-up Himeji Castle made with LEGO

Building castle models out of LEGO can be impressive, but what if the LEGO castle model unfolds like a pop-up book? Behold this LEGO pop-up Himeji Castle, a wonder of Japanese architecture and history, created by YouT...

The Japanese handmade paper of Kyoto Kurotani

Observing the craftsmanship in 18 workshops around Kyoto, Japan, filmmaker Kuroyanagi Takashi recorded how Japanese washi -- Ganpishi, Kozogami, Mitsumatagami -- is made, an 800 year old art. From JapanesePaperPlace.c...

A hippo gets his teeth brushed

At the Tennoji Zoo in Osaka, Japan, hippo hygiene is important. Thanks to training and consistent routines, hippopotamus Tetsuo understands how to get his teeth brushed (and get a quick physical check-up) from the car...

Hikaru dorodango, handmade ‘shining mud dumplings’

Around 2001, Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education made news by bringing the Japanese art of hikaru dorodango (どろ だんご or 'shining mud dumpling') into preschool classrooms as a play activity, t...

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the best rock climbers in the world

A veteran rock climber at just 14 years old -- she started scaling boulders at the age of six -- New Yorker Ashima Shiraishi is considered to be one of the strongest and most talented climbers on the planet. The N...

How this Japanese town is working to produce no trash

Since 2003, the small town of Kamikatsu, Japan has worked to become a zero waste community by rigorously composting, reusing, and recycling their materials, and they are close to the goal: As of 2015, only 20% of thei...

Staffed by robots alone – The Henn-na Hotel in Japan

In Sasebo, Nagasaki in Japan, the Henn-na Hotel is using advanced robotics and environmentally friendly technologies to create an "efficient" hotel experience. Henn-na means 'strange', which may apply to the velocirap...

Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure – Pitagora Suitchi

Biisuke is a little red ball who must go on a big adventure to save his brothers Biita and Biigoro after they're imprisoned in the high tower of a Rube Goldberg Machine. "Here we go, Biisuke Ball, sneaking into the en...

The Diary of Ochibi – Moyoco Anno’s stop motion ode to the seasons

From comic book artist Moyoco Anno and writer/director Masashi Kawamura, this is The Diary of Ochibi, a delightful stop motion animation that follows Ochibi-san as he explores spring, summer, autumn, and winter. N...

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