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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:

Sweet design, from Japan, with love

| Feb 6, 2016

Sweet design, from Japan, with love

As Valentine’s Day approaches, stores are always looking to promote unusual sweet ideas — making it a great excuse for designers to rethink candy and, of course, for the rest of us to enjoy the results. Nendo’s sweet connections Though Nendo is better known ...

The little things in life

| Jan 2, 2016

The little things in life

Now that the season of extravagance is over, it’s time to kick back and enjoy some of the little things in life. Match of the day Incense can seem a little overpowering at times, especially in a small room or shared space. So, Hibi’s ...

Bathed in good design

| Dec 5, 2015

Bathed in good design

The traditional Japanese end-of-year “spring clean” is usually when you discover that some of the home’s furnishings are a bit worse for wear. So why not look into some stylish investments now, before you get the broom out for the new year. Dip into ...

Otto Kunzli's real 'statement jewelry'

Dec 1, 2015

Otto Kunzli's real 'statement jewelry'

“Cozticteocuilatl is the Aztec term for gold and it literally translates into ‘the yellow feces of the gods,’ ” says Swiss artist Otto Kunzli, who is standing before his work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. “It’s the yellow poops of the gods,” ...

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

Nov 10, 2015

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

It’s undeniable that when designer Jun Takahashi founded Undercover — which celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first retrospective at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery — he was strongly influenced by the pioneers of deconstruction fashion Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. His first few ...

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

| Oct 31, 2015

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

Promoting Japan’s artisanal history and new design Established in 2005, Tokyo Design Week has done an admirable job of showcasing Japanese creators both major and minor. Unfortunately, this year has been a bit of a let-down from past years’ presentations. Much smaller in scale ...

Furniture that goes against the grain

| Oct 3, 2015

Furniture that goes against the grain

Seeing both the wood and the trees Moctave’s range of wooden furniture should get any hipster, nature-lover or slow-lifestyle design enthusiast excited. In short, it’s wood porn of the highest quality. Established last November, Moctave locally sources 30 kinds of wood from Gifu Prefecture ...

Smarten up the work day

| Sep 5, 2015

Smarten up the work day

As you rethink your wardrobe for the autumnal chill, why not smarten up your work style too? From pass cases to ties, here’s a few simple designs with twists. Give in to the fold In the past few years, flatpack designs employing the art ...

Art nouveau's jewels in the crown

Aug 4, 2015

Art nouveau's jewels in the crown

As Parisians of the late 19th century reveled in the heady optimism of economic prosperity and enjoyed the innovations spurred by the ongoing Industrial Revolution, Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress and muse of the time, became enamored by two trendsetters: Rene Lalique, then ...

Get creative and join the competition

| Aug 1, 2015

Get creative and join the competition

If you went to this past weekend’s Maker Faire at Tokyo Big Sight, chances are that all the new ideas — both innovative and kooky — have sparked your own creativity. The timing is good, since there are three upcoming design competitions that are ...