Follow design tips to the letter

Jun 12, 2014

Follow design tips to the letter

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Recently, letters of the alphabet have become popular decorations in interior design, whether as symbols of the homeowner’s inner thoughts or as simple motifs. They can add a modern and personal touch to a room, especially if hand-painted and self-designed — something that visitors ...

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

Jun 12, 2014

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

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Now a recognized subsection of culture abroad, manga has attracted people from all around the world. What may be less well known, however, is another interesting part of Japanese culture — ball-jointed dolls and the artists who make them. Gallery parabolica-bis in Tokyo’s Yanagibashi, ...

Getting crafty in Yokohama

Jun 5, 2014

Getting crafty in Yokohama

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These days, stores and even markets are filled with cheap, manufactured and mass-produced products. It’s no wonder that there appears to be a bit of a rebellious demand for original handcrafted goods. This weekend, Yokohama hosts one of the biggest craft fairs in Japan, ...

Light up the night with a firefly festival

Jun 5, 2014

Light up the night with a firefly festival

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Fireflies, known as hotaru in Japan, have inspired numerous artists and writers, including Haruki Murakami, whose short story “Firefly” was later adapted into the first part of his best-seller “Norwegian Wood.” In the real world, however, fireflies are sadly in decline, as their natural ...

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

Jun 5, 2014

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

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Making electronic music can be incredibly intimidating for beginners: What’s the best hardware to buy? How do you use it? And all those cables! To give budding musicians a little guidance, this weekend’s Tokyo Festival of Modular at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi offers an opportunity ...

EU Film Days unfreezes movie options

May 30, 2014

EU Film Days unfreezes movie options

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Though it might not seem like it right now, films and animation other than “Frozen” do exist, and the EU Film Days 2014 festival could be a good way to explore some alternatives. This weekend, 30 films reflecting different cultural preferences in film aesthetics ...