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:

Shonan complex offers a curated lifestyle

Dec 12, 2014

Shonan complex offers a curated lifestyle

A discreet black sign, concrete floors, industrial-style ceilings, wooden shelves filled with design toys and gourmet treats. This may sound like the minimal interior of an urban lifestyle store in some hip corner of Tokyo, but the reality is more surprising. It is, in fact, ...

'S' is for 'Starting to teach your kids ABC'

| Nov 7, 2014

'S' is for 'Starting to teach your kids ABC'

My toddler is hissing like a pantomime villain as she runs along an S-shaped snake made from sticky tape curled across the living room floor. This may appear to be just another freestyle game in her eclectic entertainment repertoire (and believe me, she has ...

For toddlers, Anpanman doesn't have a use-by date

| Sep 12, 2014

For toddlers, Anpanman doesn't have a use-by date

He has a big red nose, two rosy cheeks and an edible head that is regularly rebaked in his uncle’s oven. Yes, it’s Anpanman, one of Japan’s most iconic anime characters, whose heroic antics have seduced generations of children over the past three decades. ...

The Ritz-Carlton could be your kid's cup of tea

| Jul 11, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton could be your kid's cup of tea

There are bone-china teacups, tiered silver trays, rainbow-bright macaroons, suited waiting staff catering to every whim. So far, so afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton — apart from one anomaly. At center stage, the two pampered diners are not elegantly dressed ladies, suited salarymen or ...

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

| Jun 6, 2014

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

The art critic wanders purposefully around the gallery, passing instant, scathing judgment on the surrounding artworks. Full marks are allocated to a portrait photography collection, a hand-drawn anime on a screen and the coloring-in tables. But one definite no-no? A video installation in a ...

Deep feelings at high altitudes

Mar 19, 2014

Deep feelings at high altitudes

The photographs, taken by artist Naoya Hatakeyama, hint at both the beauty and dangers of a mountain, as reflected in the shades of light and darkness alongside textures of soft-edged snow and sharply lined rocks.

Go out for drinks and take the kids with you

| Mar 6, 2014

Go out for drinks and take the kids with you

With their “Kampai!“-bellowing salarymen, bible-sized menus and endless rounds of cheap beers, izakaya have long been an integral part of Japan’s nightlife. But unfortunately for parents with small kids, there seems to be an unwritten law dictating that for all their entertaining qualities, izakaya ...