Sachiko Tamashige

For Sachiko Tamashige's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Naoto Fukasawa: Between craft and design

Feb 25, 2017

Naoto Fukasawa: Between craft and design

Naoto Fukasawa is probably best known internationally for his designs for Muji, in particular for the wall-mounted CD player he created in 1999, which was featured in Gary Hustwit’s popular 2009 documentary “Objectified.” Now he remains a creative adviser for Muji, while still designing ...

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

Dec 20, 2016

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

At the opening of “The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family” at The National Museum of Modern Art, in Kyoto, the current head of the Raku family, Kichizaemon XV (b. 1949), explained that the event ...

Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

Oct 4, 2016

Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

“When I visited Todaiji Temple in Nara, just after I arrived as a Chinese student in Japan about 30 years ago, I felt somehow nostalgic as it had an atmosphere of old China,” says Cai Guo-Qiang, as he explains his work for Culture City ...

Hiroshi Sambuichi: The nature of architecture

Sep 24, 2016

Hiroshi Sambuichi: The nature of architecture

What is most remarkable about Hiroshi Sambuichi’s work is the sensation of air and wind movement that the shapes of the architect’s buildings encourage. The experience is testament to Sambuichi’s philosophy that architecture should work in harmony with the environment surrounding it so that ...

Kou-an glass teahouse gives tradition clarity

Jun 27, 2015

Kou-an glass teahouse gives tradition clarity

Tokujin Yoshioka is a familiar name in the design world, but it’s hard to say which discipline he belongs to. His oeuvre spans products, including a mobile phone, watch and chandelier; architecture and interiors, such as his Rainbow Church (2010, 2013) and Swarovski Ginza ...

Just one collector can make all the difference

Jun 16, 2015

Just one collector can make all the difference

When Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery opened “Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron,” it was packed with people keen to see Ryutaro Takahashi’s selection of 140 contemporary artworks by 52 artists. It’s only the second major showing of pieces owned by Takahashi, a psychiatrist and one ...

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

May 5, 2015

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

One of the joys of visiting Tokyo’s Nezu Museum in early May, is to catch the annual showing of one of the museum’s most famous works, Ogata Korin’s “Irises,” before stepping outside to appreciate the real irises blooming in its garden. This spring, Korin’s ...

Building social change after the earthquake

Jan 30, 2015

Building social change after the earthquake

In 2011, the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami forced Japanese architects to rethink their understanding of architecture at a fundamental level — to consider closely society’s systems and the affect buildings had on not only the life of, but also ...

Toyo Ito literally connects architecture to the people

Nov 27, 2014

Toyo Ito literally connects architecture to the people

“For the past nine years, it’s been a struggling journey — groping toward an unseen goal. Nobody could tell how and when this building would settle into the right shape within the budget,” architect Toyo Ito said at the Oct. 16 opening of “Toyo ...

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

Oct 16, 2014

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

Kyoto is at its most brilliant and beautiful in autumn, with its World Heritage scenery colored in red and golden leaves. This year, it’s also a time when visitors have the rare opportunity to learn about the essence of Kyoto culture at the Kyoto ...