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Mio Yamada

Mio Yamada is the Art, Life & Style editor of The Japan Times. A former magazine editor and trends researcher, when she’s not perusing galleries you’ll find her taking photos and being distracted by shiny objects. She’s also surprisingly British.

For Mio Yamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

| Jul 21, 2016

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

New to the Spiral building in Omotesando is Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience, which has relocated from its original Nishi-Azabu location to a spot directly next door to Mina Perhonen’s newly opened Call. This is no ordinary tea house. Sakurai’s extensive menu comprises top-quality Japanese ...

Call: Mina Perhonen's new store has it all

| Jul 15, 2016

Call: Mina Perhonen's new store has it all

Mina Perhonen’s new Call store is a one-stop shop in Omotesando for anyone who loves Nordic-inspired fashion and interiors. Filled with simple, soft-hued ceramics, rolls of irregular geometrically patterned textiles, racks of floaty cotton garments and displays of elegant hand-crafted goods, Call takes its ...

The woman who spent seven years 'locked' in Issey Miyake's wardrobe

May 14, 2016

The woman who spent seven years 'locked' in Issey Miyake's wardrobe

“I’m so sorry I’m late,” Midori Kitamura says as she settles into her chair. “OK, let’s take a break.” “But we haven’t even started,” says one of her colleagues. “My break!” insists Kitamura. “I need a break. Let’s eat.” As we are served tea, ...

Our picks from Salone del Mobile Milano 2016

| Apr 30, 2016

Our picks from Salone del Mobile Milano 2016

As always, Japan was well-represented at Salone del Mobile Milano last month, with Sou Fujimoto creating a forest of spotlights for clothing retailer H&M’s COS brand, Panasonic’s “Kukan — The Invention of Space” installation, as well as separate exhibitions, including the Experimental Creations showcase ...

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

Mar 29, 2016

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

All artistic practices inevitably borrow from the past, but fashion, in particular, seems to revel in revivals. Whether skillfully appropriated or brazenly duplicated, the familiar frequently finds its way back to the runway, be it in 1940s wide pants, ’50s flared skirts, ’60s babydoll ...

Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten sells the story of Japanese crafts

Mar 26, 2016

Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten sells the story of Japanese crafts

“I can’t ask a craftsperson to make something cheaply, or to produce 1,000 items. I have to find 10 artisans to each create 100 quality items,” says Jun Nakagawa, president of the crafts-revitalization business Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten. “That’s what makes it tricky.” Nakagawa, seated ...