Kitagawara shapes a new Kobuchizawa Station

Aug 29, 2015

Kitagawara shapes a new Kobuchizawa Station

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Since 2011, Tokyo University of the Arts and the city of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture have been working together to redesign its Kobuchizawa Station building as part of an initiative to breathe new life into the rural area. Local citizens were involved through numerous ...

Kaoru Mende's bright ideas on darkness

Aug 22, 2015

Kaoru Mende's bright ideas on darkness

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‘Whenever I see the alcove of a tastefully built Japanese room, I marvel at our comprehension of the secrets of shadows, our sensitive use of shadow and light,” wrote the prominent modern novelist Junichiro Tanizaki in his 1933 essay on Japanese aesthetics, “In Praise ...

Aug 19, 2015

China fashion exhibition is New York smash hit

A New York exhibition exploring Chinese influence on Western fashion has become a summer smash hit, attracting a record 670,000 visitors in a sign of China’s growing clout in America. Spread across 16 galleries, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” is the most visited show ...

Tokyo's cool beasts of fashion

| Aug 8, 2015

Tokyo's cool beasts of fashion

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Monstrously cute dining in Harajuku On Aug. 1, creative director Sebastian Masuda opened the Kawaii Monster Cafe, a curious place that brings Harajuku to life in storybook style. Designed to look like you’re entering the belly of a beast that “swallowed Harajuku whole,” the ...