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:

Weekend drama can be great for the kids

| May 14, 2017

Weekend drama can be great for the kids

My two daughters rub the backs of their ears to retrieve some magic dust, which they then use to summon a pile of pizza and ice cream, before tucking into the newly created feast with arm-waving gusto. This sounds like the stuff of dreams ...

First Japan House opens in Brazil

Apr 30, 2017

First Japan House opens in Brazil

London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo. There is little at first sight that seems to unite these three cities, which are diverse in geography and climate as well as architecture, cuisine and atmosphere. Yet these metropolitan hubs will soon be connected by one unexpectedly common ...

Sao Paulo, the Japanese cultural hub of Latin America

Apr 30, 2017

Sao Paulo, the Japanese cultural hub of Latin America

Marcello Dantas, a renowned Brazilian curator celebrated not only for producing exhibitions, but also involved in filmmaking and opera production, talks about Japan House Sao Paulo and his plans as its director of programming and chief curator. In a nutshell, what is Japan House? ...

Let kids seize the day, and an opponent

| Feb 11, 2017

Let kids seize the day, and an opponent

It’s an all too familiar sight: my two young children, exhausted after a long day at nursery, return home and proceed to jump up and down, bounce off walls and throw toys at each other’s heads in a rush of post-containment energy. For a ...

Dominique Ansel offers sweet Ginza-only confections

Jan 27, 2017

Dominique Ansel offers sweet Ginza-only confections

It is one of the pastry sensations of recent years — an alchemic fusion of croissant and doughnut, unified to create the much-celebrated Cronut. Now Dominique Ansel, the New York pastry chef who invented (and trademarked) the globally popular Cronut treat, is expanding his ...

Sonya Park: The styling of Arts & Science

Dec 17, 2016

Sonya Park: The styling of Arts & Science

Pajamas may sound like an unlikely creative catalyst for a business. For Sonya Park, however, it made perfect sense: She was determined to create a pair of comfortable, luxurious pajamas that she would want to wear herself. It was in 2003 that former fashion ...

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 ...