Although we’ve traveled and lived all over the world, in exciting and exotic locations, Tokyo holds a special place in our hearts.

The hustle and bustle of Tokyo is intoxicating. It’s a fast-moving city with millions of inhabitants and yet there are moments throughout the day when it feels completely still and quiet. It’s difficult to explain.

Within hours of landing in Tokyo, I made it a personal life goal to one day be able concoct a reason to live in Tokyo even if it’s just for a while. Soon…

One of the most impressive and inspiring things about Japan is the art and design community that seems to permeate all aspects of life in Japan. Just like the greatest cultural meccas of the world (i.e. New York and London), Japanese art and design is unique and has a distinct style/ethos that is unmistakably Japanese.

Today, we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorite Japanese design blogs to keep you inspired.



Gurafiku is a great resource. Designer, Ryan Hageman collects and displays great examples of Japanese graphic design. Have a look and you’ll get a good sampling of what Japanese graphic design is all about.

50 Watts



While not strictly a Japanese design blog, 50 Watts does have an excellent collection of book covers from Japan. Will Schofield, the man behind 50 Watts, meticulously and carefully curates a truly fantastic collection of images that you’ll gladly give your time to peruse.

Spoon & Tamago


Spoon & Tamago is one of our true favorite Japanese Art and Design blogs. Their mission is simple: Show the world what’s going on in Japanese Art and Design and where it’s headed.

Storm From The East


Storm From The East is the design blog of a design firm in Tokyo. It’s a great collection of stories and “day-in-the-life” blog posts of designers in Tokyo.

Design Made in Japan


Design Made in Japan is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in Japanese design.

Hello Sandwich


Hello Sandwich contains some very interesting posts about designer, Ebony Bizys’, life as an artist living in Tokyo.

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Isaac is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Design Instruct. He has experience in various design and art related fields including design, illustration, and photography. He's in charge of making sure that Design Instruct publishes high quality content that professional designers and digital artists demand and expect. Get in touch via email and on Twitter as @designinstruct or @IAMTHEGUBE.