Danielle Demetriou

Danielle Demetriou is a writer who swapped her native London for Tokyo in 2007. From art and design to business and fashion, she writes about all things Japan-related for international newspapers and magazines.

For Danielle Demetriou's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

Oct 29, 2016

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

Be it a dress, a teacup or a chair, there is something instantly recognizable about a Mina Perhonen creation. Perhaps it’s the natural motifs, exquisite textiles and unexpected color combinations. Or maybe it’s the nostalgia-tinged atmosphere paired with clean-lined contemporary silhouettes. Akira Minagawa | ...

'Peanuts' can be a treat for adults, too

| Aug 13, 2016

'Peanuts' can be a treat for adults, too

There is one precise moment when I question the wisdom of taking my two young daughters to visit the Snoopy Museum in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. It comes as my 2-year-old kicks her shoes off and makes a barefoot beeline for a fire extinguisher in ...

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Aug 2, 2016

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Colorful and cluttered, the office bursts with paraphernalia, from stacked bicycles and piles of books on designer chairs to an apple-green iMac, a futuristic record player and a red Snoopy phone on the rosewood desk. This is, of course, no ordinary office — it’s ...

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views ...

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

| Jun 11, 2016

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

Maybe it is Nasty’s electric blue hair, cascading in braids around her doll-like face. Perhaps it is the gothic-style black lipstick of her friend Candy. Or the surreal fabric limbs sewn onto the dress of lilac-haired Baby. Whatever the reason, my 1-year-old daughter stares ...

Minimalist family 'camping' in the foothills of Mount Fuji

Apr 16, 2016

Minimalist family 'camping' in the foothills of Mount Fuji

The birds are singing, the wind is rustling in the forest and sunlight is filtering through the treetops. So far, so idyllic — until my 3-year-old releases a primal bird-scattering shriek as she thrusts an axe into a piece of wood. This may sound ...

Time to let the kids get on their bikes

| Apr 9, 2016

Time to let the kids get on their bikes

Like many Tokyo mothers, there is one ingenious invention that I can absolutely not live without: our much-loved electric mama chari bicycle. The list of things I love about Tokyo biking is endless, from being allowed to cycle on sidewalks to the fact I ...

Trust robots to keep the kids occupied

| Feb 13, 2016

Trust robots to keep the kids occupied

‘Can we go to the park?” In our household, this refrain is heard almost as frequently as “I want ice cream” and “I don’t want to go to bed.” It is a question asked on a near-daily basis, regardless of weather, season or time ...

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

| Dec 12, 2015

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

For some parents (or maybe it’s just me), there is one particular festive word that causes instant anxiety: “craft.” The seemingly innocuous “c” word conjures instant images of The Ideal Parents, sitting down patiently with their children, sprinkling glitter on freshly gathered pine cones ...