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Back in 2012 we came across something we had never seen before: a palm-sized book that opens up 360-degrees to tell a story in a 3-dimensional world.
‘Stepping on the Shimanto River’ by Kyoko Nakamura, Kazuko Nomoto and Kaori Hashimoto, in the 1st Ex-formation theme, ‘River’.
In a changing retail landscape, a rare breed of shop has opened in Tokyo. “Over 4200 colors of pigments, more than 200 antique ink sticks and 50 kinds of animal glues.” Represented in numbers, that’s Pigment, a new art supply store that has unexpectedly set up shop in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
all photos by Takumi Ota | click to enlarge Welcome to Kyoto’s newest gift store, Today’s Special, where you can embark on a mini treasure hunt to find unique souvenirs.
all photos by Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners This 120-year old storehouse, aptly named the Rebirth House, survived the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake to be reborn as a stunning living space.
What do fruit and toilet paper have in common? The answer — I hope you didn’t say ‘both are used in the bathroom’ — is that they are common gifts in Japan.
all photos by Toshihiro Sobajima courtesy the architects | click to enlarge If you take an island no larger than the size of Montana and put half of the US population on 17% of it, then you’ve got a good grasp of the size of Japan.
The area of Tokyo is just 0.6% of Japan’s total but is home to 10% of the population. It’s the densest city in the world where real estate comes at a premium and architects spend their time coming up with creative ways to squeeze living space into every last nook and cranny.
all photos by spoon & tamago (taken with iphone 5) The Dainippon Type Organization sounds bigger than it is.
In 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry steamed four warships into the bay at Edo and demanded that Japan open trade with the West.
Chiyoko Todaka (Japan), Yamanaka Zutsumi Spiral Works, 2006. Photo by Hisao Ogose Every three years in Japan an exciting event kicks off; one that invites visitors to enjoy the great outdoors while simultaneously visiting the largest art gallery in the world.
Not all rumours are true. Growing up, the general consensus was that Yoko Ono was the woman who had interrupted one of the greatest musical movements.
Awaji Island, located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, is renowned for its bountiful flowers, sandy beaches, and aromatic incense.
Enjoy simple pleasures. That, in essence, is the idea behind Japanese minimal retailer MUJI’s new project: MUJI HUT.
all photos by Yousuke Takeda | click to enlarge People will always find creative uses for unconventional materials.
”Where I dream” (2015) by Noritake Kinashi. Acrylic on woodboard. According to the artist Takashi Murakami, the most respectable artist in Japan is the comedian.
Kenya Hara’s proposal for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo. The rings of the Olympics symbol and and Tokyo 2020 have been obscured to avoid copyright claims In September the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Committee announced that they would scrap Kenjiro Sano’s logo amid plagiarism claims and redo the entire process.
all images by Toshiyuki Yano | click to enlarge If big American businesses like Google, Amazon, and Yahoo have invested in insane offices for their employees, how can the modern Japan office compare?
In our world full of man-made structures there’s no shortage of decaying, decrepit urban spaces. And the inherent dangers and legalities of infiltrating these spaces have increasingly enticed explores.
Noriyoshi Ohrai’s 1980 poster for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back We were saddened to learn that yesterday, on October 27, 2015, Japanese illustrator and oil painter Noriyoshi Ohrai passed away from pneumonia.