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:

If the kids get bored, let them bake cake

| May 9, 2015

If the kids get bored, let them bake cake

The oven is pre-heating, the flour mix is being stirred, the cupcake holders are laid out and a team of diminutive chefs, in white hats and flowered smocks, are running amok. Except this is no ordinary baking session: for the cake mix is made ...

Versace makes return to Tokyo

Apr 30, 2015

Versace makes return to Tokyo

It is a fashion house that has long been the sartorial antithesis of subtle — as reflected in its bold designs, sexy silhouettes, splashes of hot colors and abundance of gold. So it may come as some surprise to learn that the Italian luxury ...

Kids can benefit from a little community spirit

| Jan 9, 2015

Kids can benefit from a little community spirit

Frowning with concentration at a low table, a clutch of overall-clad toddlers set about their task: stamping potatoes into paints to create rainbow-bright artworks. As is to be expected, among them are several grown-ups, their job being to keep the peace and generally make ...

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.