A Japanese Village’s Incredible Rice Paddy Art

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 tourist destination. Source: A Japanese Village's … Continue reading A Japanese Village’s Incredible Rice Paddy Art

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Kanso: The Japanese interior design concept that will help you achieve total zen

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 and movement of energy within a … Continue reading Kanso: The Japanese interior design concept that will help you achieve total zen

These Japanese Micro-Kitchens Make Me Want A Tiny Home

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, to tiny, modular, multipurpose units that … Continue reading These Japanese Micro-Kitchens Make Me Want A Tiny Home

Ikigai – having balance in work and life

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, and there are even more found … Continue reading Ikigai – having balance in work and life

Wandering in Kyoto

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: Wandering in Kyoto

Cracked Portraits by Taisuke Mohri

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 Mohri

Japanese Artist Creates Stunning Miniature Antique Dollhouse Furniture by Hand

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 by Hand   If you enjoyed … Continue reading Japanese Artist Creates Stunning Miniature Antique Dollhouse Furniture by Hand

Bringing an authentic Japanese tea house to Boston, by Suzumori architecture

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 better reception. in Japan, drinking tea … Continue reading Bringing an authentic Japanese tea house to Boston, by Suzumori architecture

Moonlit Owl - Takashi Kanazawa

Moonlit Owls, Tigers, and Dragons Set Against Ethereal Backgrounds in Paintings by 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: Moonlit Owls, Tigers, and Dragons … Continue reading Moonlit Owls, Tigers, and Dragons Set Against Ethereal Backgrounds in Paintings by Takashi Kanazawa

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A Japanese Fashion Designer Combines Traditional Kimonos With Modern Streetwear

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 get their hands on the Hanten … Continue reading A Japanese Fashion Designer Combines Traditional Kimonos With Modern Streetwear

Exhibition Poster: Where Will Art Go – Exploring the Future of…

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

A Meditative Look at a Japanese Artisanā€™s Quest to Save the Brilliant, Forgotten Colors of Japanā€™s Past

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€™s Quest to Save the Brilliant, … Continue reading A Meditative Look at a Japanese Artisanā€™s Quest to Save the Brilliant, Forgotten Colors of Japanā€™s Past

Sushi Bar Designs: 10 Restaurant Interiors Around the World

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 architecture to create the perfect space … Continue reading Sushi Bar Designs: 10 Restaurant Interiors Around the World

The Pavilion of the Sardine

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 construction projects, furnishing and furniture design, … Continue reading The Pavilion of the Sardine

Vudafieri-Saverino Partners New Kanpai Restaurant Brings Typical Japanese Izakaya Atmospheres In Milan

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, setting as an objective to re-stitch … Continue reading Vudafieri-Saverino Partners New Kanpai Restaurant Brings Typical Japanese Izakaya Atmospheres In Milan

The Pavilion of the Sardine

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 construction projects, furnishing and furniture design, … Continue reading The Pavilion of the Sardine

#25Project: Sendai, Japan!

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!The project took place on a farm … Continue reading #25Project: Sendai, Japan!

MURAKAMI HEADSā†”HEADS

Previews: Takashi Murakami ā€“ ā€œHEADSā†”HEADSā€ @ Galerie Perrotin (New York)

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 as well as Transcendent Attacking a … Continue reading Previews: Takashi Murakami ā€“ ā€œHEADSā†”HEADSā€ @ Galerie Perrotin (New York)

This Brilliant Japanese Labor-Saving Device Makes Farming WAY Easier

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. This is a great example … Continue reading This Brilliant Japanese Labor-Saving Device Makes Farming WAY Easier

Japanese Concert Poster: Ai Yoshimatsu Memorial. Washio Tomoyuki…

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