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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:

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

Jun 25, 2014

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

Ghouls, monsters, specters, ghosts — all manner of the supernatural have long fascinated and frightened in all cultures, but the Japanese have historically enjoyed a particularly entertaining, and pictorial, relationship with the eerie and uncanny. Through a selection of around 250 yōkai (ghouls and ...

Old ways to break the mold of mass production

Dec 18, 2013

Old ways to break the mold of mass production

The simplicity of form and color on display at “Product Design Today: Creating ‘Made in Japan’ ” is undeniable. The ceramics are predominantly white, wooden items reveal natural grains, cast iron is kept jet black, contours are uncomplicated and there is not one single ...

Find art contained at affordable prices

Dec 12, 2013

Find art contained at affordable prices

The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo’s art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of “art for everyone” one step further with its latest show. Described as “shamelessly” manufacturing and retailing contemporary art ...

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

Dec 5, 2013

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

If you’re out of ideas for gifts this Christmas, photographic art specialists Subject Matter and creative agency UltraSuperNew’s Pop Up Gallery is worth a visit. Curated by Liezel Strauss, founder of Subject Matter Art & My Japan, items for sale range from limited-edition, framed ...