Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a peaceful start to 2019. We kicked off the year of the boar by getting sick, which was hopefully the last illness of this year. And it’s delayed us from publishing some of our favorite Japanese designer New Year’s cards, or nengajo, asRead More →


If you’re looking to freshen up your home and inject it with some positive energy then you might want to explore the tenets of kanso – a Japanese interior design concept that’s all about minimalism. Similar to feng shui, kanso – which means simplicity – focuses on the flow andRead More →

Interior of Yufu Tourist Information Center

Tourist information center “YUFUiNFO” designed by Shigeru Ban was built next to Yufuin Station in Oita, Japan. Yufuin train station was designed by architect Arata Isozaki, who is originally from Oita, Japan. Ban was asked to design something that keeps the continuity with the symbolic design of Arata Isozaki. Source:Read More →

Like most things in Japan, the country’s take on coffee culture is an exquisite display of precision, beauty and craft. Rather than be intimidated, the Californian purveyor Blue Bottle Coffee opened a café in Kyoto this month, its eighth outpost in Japan and the first outside of Tokyo . Source:Read More →

Japanese air vases

Speciality paper company Takeo based in Tokyo and Torafu architects collaborated and created “airvase” by using a single piece of paper. It was exhibited at Japan House in London. Related This entry was posted in Industrial design, Product design. Source: Airvase by Takeo and Torafu ArchitectsRead More →

Not surprisingly, Tokyo is one of the most photographed cities in the world. But it’s the often unexpected fringes that offer a different perspective – the small villages and towns that are far from the stereotypes often associated with contemporary Japan. Source: Photographs of “small town” Japan that reveal aRead More →

Oyu onsen is a famous hot spring in Kazuno, Akita. We designed a community centre here incorporating a shop, café, open-air theatre, park, footbath, and biotope under one large roof. Source: YUNOEKI OYU by Kengo Kuma & AssociatesRead More →


Coming up on April 28th, Galerie Perrotin’s New York location will be hosting the opening of HEADS↔HEADS, the latest solo from Takashi Murakami. Spanning three floors of the space, the exhibition from the Japanese artist will include a new series of paintings inspired by the work of Francis Bacon asRead More →