‘Zakka: Goods and Things’



Staff Writer

Feb. 26-June 5

During Japan’s postwar economic boom, the term “zakka,” which literally means “uncategorizable things,” was usually used for mundane everyday tools and objects such as kettles, brooms and buckets. Since then, it has evolved to mean miscellaneous goods of a much broader range and is often used by stores for toys, housewares and even groceries.

Through the works of artists Shinya Aota and Phillipe Weisbecker, and various objects selected by professionals of various fields — including stylist Miyoko Okao, art director Naomi Hirabayashi and Morioka Shoten bookstore owner Yoshiyuki Morioka — this exhibition explores the culture of zakka, the variety of things it encompasses and the role it plays in our lives.

21_21 Design Sight; 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. ¥1,100. Closed Tue. 03-3475-2121;