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Kou-an glass teahouse gives tradition clarity

by Sachiko Tamashige

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 (2008) display; even artworks like his ...

A few ideas that may ring your bell

| Jun 6, 2015

A few ideas that may ring your bell

by Mio Yamada

Someone in your way? You can ring your bell If you’ve seen that YouTube video (bit.ly/bicyclebell) of someone ringing a handheld bicycle bell at random places in Japan, and then watching with amusement as people automatically jump out of his way, you’ll appreciate the ...

3-D printing throws ceramics into a spin

Jun 4, 2015

3-D printing throws ceramics into a spin

by Su Xincheng

Cutting-edge 3-D printing technology is changing the dynamics of Japanese ceramics as designers merge the traditional craft with a digital framework in pursuit of aesthetic refinement — and drastically reduce the time needed to create their artwork by ditching the potter’s wheel. Yuichi Yanai ...

Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

May 30, 2015

Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In the 1960s, architect Kazuo Shinohara made a famous comment in Shinkenchiku magazine: “Residence is art. … Residence should be outside of what is believed as architecture, it should rather be considered as a form of art, like paintings and sculptures.” A bold statement ...

Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end

May 30, 2015

Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end

by John L. Tran

You may not know the name, but there is a good chance you know the face. As Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Twiggy were iconic of their times, Sayoko Yamaguchi was everywhere in the 1970s. Even if you weren’t a dedicated follower of fashion, ...

Versace makes return to Tokyo

Apr 30, 2015

Versace makes return to Tokyo

by Danielle Demetriou

It is a fashion house that has long been the sartorial antithesis of subtle — as reflected in its bold designs, sexy silhouettes, splashes of hot colors and abundance of gold. So it may come as some surprise to learn that the Italian luxury ...

Something old, something new, something blue

| Apr 4, 2015

Something old, something new, something blue

by Mio Yamada

Traditional craftsmanship is in the bag When it comes to finding an elegant way to employ traditional crafts for contemporary products, Yosuke Inui has got it in the bag. A combination of attractive textiles with centuries-old woodcrafting techniques, Inui’s Wappa Bag retains just enough ...