This is one of those bizarrely creative things that I’d only expect to see come out of Japan. In the early ’90s, the country village of Inakadate watched as their population continued moving to the cities, and the local council began brainstorming ways to turn the village into a touristRead More →

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

We live in the era of tiny homes and micro-apartments, a global trend thatā€™s only growing in urban areas as we all search for affordable housing. In turn, the American kitchen as we know it is poised for a makeoverā€“from the giant, steel-clad, HGTV-approved wonderlands of the McMansion era, toRead More →

Ikigai , a Japanese word that means ā€œpurposeā€ or ā€œreason for being,ā€ has been adopted in American society to mean having balance in work and in life. In a recent trip to Barnes and Noble, I found five books on the ā€œmust readā€ shelf with ikigai in the title, andRead More →

Japan Highlight Video Here is a copy of our Japanese highlight video from early in the year ā€“ enjoy! Daily Photo ā€“ Wandering in Kyoto I donā€™t think I would ever get tired when wandering around streets in Japan. I canā€™t quite figure out my fascination with it. Source: WanderingRead More →

ā€˜Cracked Portraitsā€™ is an ongoing series of illustrations by Japanese artist Taisuke Mohri. The realistic hand-drawn portraits are overlaid with a pane of cracked glass, which contributes to the ethereal, surrealistic aspect of these artworks. Source: Cracked Portraits by Taisuke MohriRead More →

If you like all things small, then Japanese artist Kiyomi (aka @chiisanashiawase2015 ) is for you. A mother of two, Kiyomi brings interior design chic to the world of dollhouses, with a range of handmade miniature antique furniture and accessories. Source: Japanese Artist Creates Stunning Miniature Antique Dollhouse Furniture byRead More →

gen sou en, the tea company, has opened a new location in Boston. this tea house gives the bustling Coolidge corner a little taste of Japanese culture. while the city has a bad reputation when it comes to tea, itā€™s clear that this authentic cafe will receive a much betterRead More →

Moonlit Owl - Takashi Kanazawa

Japanese artist Takashi Kanazawa paints animals such as tigers, owls, cranes, and dragons set against minimal backdrops which are lit by large waning moons. The scenes are painted on washi paper, a Japanese material produced by hand with local fibre, and are a twist on traditional Japanese painting, orĀ Nihonga. Source:Read More →

Japanese Fashion Hanten Parka

From bushido pants to samurai sword umbrella sheaths, weā€™ve seen a lot of hybrid fashion ideas come out of Japan in recent years. Now, as the weather begins to cool, itā€™s time for a new range of garments to make their appearance, and this year everyone is scrambling to getRead More →

Exhibition Poster: Where Will Art Go – Exploring the Future of Art and Society. Yuma Harada (UMA / design farm). 2015  Read More →

We might assume that 21st-century technology enables us to produce fabric in all imaginable colors, most of them totally unknown to our ancestors. Yet none of it has ever quite replicated the striking hues achieved by dyers of centuries and centuries ago. Source: A Meditative Look at a Japanese Artisanā€™sRead More →

Ā© Leonardo Finotti Sushi, one of Japanā€™s most popular and traditional dishes has now established itself as a worldwide favorite for people all around the globe and (indeed) for architects, especially. Many countries have established sushi culture into their menus and restaurants from Spain to Dubai have adapted Japanese architectureRead More →

Mikan Gumi is an anomaly within the panorama of contemporary Japanese architecture: it is organized as a collective and not around a single figure; the partners are Japanese (Kikawo Kamo, Masashi Sogabe, and Masayoshi Takeuchi) and foreign (Manuel Tardits, who is French); and most importantly, it alternates between conventional constructionRead More →

Located in Porta Venezia, one ofĀ Milanā€™s historical neighborhoods,Ā KanpaiĀ restaurantĀ by local studioĀ Vudafieri-Saverino PartnersĀ proposes the Izakaya rites and atmosphere ā€“ the equivalent of our hostelries, where sakĆØ is informally drunk, accompanied by dishes from popular Japanese cuisine. With this restaurant,Ā Claudio SaverinoĀ andĀ Tiziano VudafieriĀ faceĀ the theme of popular memories which animate the post-work Tokyo evenings, settingRead More →

Mikan Gumi is an anomaly within the panorama of contemporary Japanese architecture: it is organized as a collective and not around a single figure; the partners are Japanese (Kikawo Kamo, Masashi Sogabe, and Masayoshi Takeuchi) and foreign (Manuel Tardits, who is French); and most importantly, it alternates between conventional constructionRead More →

Here is something special now, a 25 Project all the way from Japan! When I visited this extraordinary country in 2015, I was welcomed with open arms and came away with the most wonderful memories, so it was such a thrill to see these photos land in my inbox! TheRead More →

MURAKAMI HEADSā†”HEADS

Coming up on April 28th, Galerie Perrotin’s New York location will be hosting the opening of HEADSā†”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 →

This is the best of what good industrial design has to offer. The Paperpot Transplanter, a Japanese invention for farmers, lets one person do in minutes what ordinarily takes an hour: As cool as that tool is, what’s even more impressive is how the designers thought through the loading process.Read More →

Japanese Concert Poster: Ai Yoshimatsu Memorial. Washio Tomoyuki (Washington Studio). 2015Read More →