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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:

Tokyo Design Week: The professionals

| Nov 5, 2016

Tokyo Design Week: The professionals

Tokyo Design Week (TDW) seemed a little pared down this year, with a notable absence of a handicrafts creators’ fair and only one awards exhibition. Nevertheless, it still offered the familiar lineup of products, interactive installations, architectural models, artworks and robots, as well as ...

Loosening and tightening the corset on women's liberation

Oct 11, 2016

Loosening and tightening the corset on women's liberation

When the historical significance of fashion is discussed, the multi-talented artist Jean Cocteau is often quoted as having said, “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” Many of the garments at the “Fashion and Interior Decoration in the 20th Century” exhibition, however, ...

Japan's architects are building a better future

Aug 20, 2016

Japan's architects are building a better future

Home-security AI cats; talking walls equipped with motion sensors; communal-living apartment blocks that promote harmonious relations; and outdoor living-room spaces powered by solar energy siphoned off hybrid cars — these previews of our future, currently on display at “House Vision 2,” sound like science ...

Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo

Aug 10, 2016

Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo

“What you need is a mediocre amount of sleep. It should be a good, short sleep from an exhausting, enriched experience. No time for sleep. Experience Tokyo.” This is part of the motto for Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo which opened last month in Hatchobori, ...

Designs on summer

| Aug 6, 2016

Designs on summer

The Japanese summer is not for everyone. Unbearable temperatures, clammy humidity and glaring sunshine can leave you a dripping, squinting, frizzy-haired, hot mess. We can't help you — but here's a few Japanese designs that may make summer a bit "cooler" for you.

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 ...