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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:

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 ...

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 ...