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It’s different from what you expected – Design Ah! (デザインあ)

A slow-building set up and then a surprising twist: "It’s different from what you expected" is a series of perception-bending short clips by Tokyo-based director Daihei Shibata. They were created for Design Ah! (デザ...

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...

Daifuku Mochi: Making Japanese rice cakes at Nakatani-dou

In Nara, Japan, the award-winning Nakatani-dou rice cake shop makes traditional Daifuku mochi, Japanese rice cakes, in a big way: They dramatically knead the dough with large wooden hammers until it's completely mixed...

Design Ah! (デザインあ) introduces kids to design concepts

In 2011, Japan's NHK television network began broadcasting Design Ah!, a Peabody award-winning children's educational program that explores different types of creative thinking for viewers of all ages. With an "Ah" th...

How Daruma dolls are made + Make an origami Daruma doll

Daruma dolls are paper mache Japanese dolls that represent perseverance, patience, protection, prosperity, achievement, and good luck in the New Year. In this video from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the do...

Making a traditional Japanese wooden Kokeshi Doll

Watch as Kokeshi artisan Yasuo Okazaki carves and paints a traditional, one-of-a-kind Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll in the “Naruko” style from a spinning block of wood. The video was filmed by Te to Te to Te (Hand and ...

Sampuru – How is Japanese fake food made?

Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort ...

How to make Totoro Steamed Buns – Every Happy Thing

How to make Totoro Steamed Buns using a frying pan by YouTuber Hockie at Every Happy Thing. Even if you're not going to make them, the video is fascinating and detail-filled. Also: Totoro, which we highly recommen...

Every Happy Thing: How to make macarons with cute faces

Let's travel to a kitchen in Tokyo, Japan to learn how to make ridiculously adorable macarons with YouTuber and mom Hockie of Every Happy Thing. Yum! (*´ڡ`* )

Kintsugi & kintsukuroi – The art of pottery mending with gold

The 400+ year old Japanese art of kintsugi (golden repair) or kintsukuroi (golden joinery) is a pottery repair method that honors the artifact's unique history by emphasizing, not hiding, the break. An art form born f...

How to make a rolled Japanese omelette

How to make a rolled Japanese omelette, Dashimaki Tamago, with a square frying pan. In related news, my kids want a square frying pan. In the archives: more eggs. via swissmiss.

How to wrap presents Japanese-style

For you last minute gift-givers out there, try wrapping the presents Japanese style! And if this video is too fast to follow (it is), here’s a whole bunch of video tutorials that are at a...

How are Japanese Kokeshi Dolls made?

Handmade from wood, traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls are carved and painted by artisans in this rhythmic video by JapanStoreTV: Kokeshi Dolls originated in North-East Japan as wooden toys for children. They beg...

The Swordmaker: A last Japanese swordsmith forges a sword

One of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths uses all of his skills and knowledge to make Koto, a mythical samurai sword dating back to 794-1333 AD. From Etsy.tv, Korehira Watanabe is The Swordmaker. In the archi...