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Jean Snow
A longtime resident of Tokyo, Jean Snow lives and breathes design, pop culture, and gaming, sustained by an unhealthy addiction to magazines and frequent visits to his favorites cafes. He has reported on these obsessions for various online and offline publications.
For Jean Snow's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Jun 27, 2006
PBJ's SmartCaddie, Kai's kitche shears, Dainippon Type Organization's writing accessories, Nussha Japanware
This month, we are turning the spotlight on another eclectic array of goods that have been popping up in some of Tokyo's best design and interior shops recently, and are just begging to be included in any aficionado's arsenal of stylish accouterments. From portable computers to kitchen accessories, here's a lovingly selected collection of objects that deserve your attention, and perhaps your yen.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
May 23, 2006
Hanabi light, Kai series of pots and kettles, 60VISION bags, Sharp cordless phones
Anyone who follows this column regularly might accuse me of being a slave to all that is white -- and with a name like "Snow," that criticism does seem justified. So in order to get it all out of my system (at least for a few months), this month I'm covering all things white. There is a zen-like satisfaction in a white product -- instead of imposing a particular chromatic texture that, in the end, has a great deal of influence on how the product is viewed, white lets the industrial design shine through.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Apr 25, 2006
Amadana appliances, Metaphys' Cyclone Cleaner, Jurgen Lehl furniture, Yukimasa Matsuda/Groovisions for Kokuyo
This month we go freestyle, working with our gut instinct about what we like right now. So whether it's adding a dash of design spice to the kitchen, or taking care of your basic cleaning needs, we guarantee that you'll be keeping house in style.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Mar 28, 2006
Offi's Zumi Stool, Tadao Hoshino's dresser drawers, the 'Shadow Series' chairs, Muji's Wagon Set
With the cherry blossoms finally blooming and spring-cleaning in the air, it's a good time to think about updating your home's interior. And it isn't only a few university students who will be looking for new furnishings to go with the new digs that they move into at the start of Japan's school year in April (though, apparently, Tokyo-born graduates tend to hang around a while longer at their parents' homes to take advantage of the free food and rent).
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Jan 24, 2006
DoCoMo's D902i phone, Signeo's MP3 player, Rooshopper tote bags, TEPCO's cooking heater, Stand Kamimakiki
It's the start of a new year and that often means making changes in your life. Want to be an eco-friendly shopper? Looking to make some much needed improvements in the household? Or maybe you just want to make the people around you exhibit signs of envy by sporting some new 2006 gear. Here are a few things to help brighten up the coming year.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Dec 27, 2005
Lighting brilliance from Kouichi Okamoto
Lighting is many things to many people. For many, it's simply a practical tool to combat darkness. For others, it plays the role of mood enhancer. Carefully calibrated lighting can transform a space both subtly and dramatically.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Nov 22, 2005
Spore's lighting solutions, Kenichiro Ohmori's Ice Partition, My Shade chair, Ryu Line Black Series, Metaphys' Factory
The Japan debut of 100% Design, an event held during Tokyo Design Week earlier this month, was a strong one, which emphasized cutting-edge interiors. The show already has a well-earned reputation in London as one of the top events on designers' calendars. Although most of the big manufacturers in the field were well represented, we're turning our spotlight on a few of our favorite picks from some of the smaller, mostly independent creators.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 27, 2005
An early look at Tokyo Design Week
Fall in Tokyo signals the arrival of festival season, and none has gained as much international praise as the annual gathering of all things contemporary and stylish known as Tokyo Design Week (Nov. 2-6). With four concurrent events -- Tokyo Designer's Week, Swedish Style, and new comers 100% Design Tokyo and Design Tide -- it's a massive undertaking, and one that lovers of design will truly enjoy.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Oct 25, 2005
Yamaha's electric cycles, Toshiba's 'Wearable Star' series, Naoto Fukasawa's Aroma Pot, AU's Penck, the Boing collection
When it comes to the promotion of design in Japan, there's hardly any honor more significant than the annual Good Design Award. Developed by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO), each year the Good Design Award heralds the best of the best. In its 49th year, and with over 30,000 rated products, the scope and authority of this annual event is beyond question -- it's coveted "G-Mark" is a true sign of quality and innovation (you'll come to recognize the slanted "G" logo -- we swear by it).
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Sep 27, 2005
Plusminuszero cordless phone, Nendo's Skiima, Toshi Iwai's Tenori-On, Monacca's Bag-Kaku
In the world of product design, we've finally come to a point where features have seemingly attained a certain level of parity. Gone are the days when detailed specs ruled, and bigger (brighter, louder, faster) was better. The focus has now shifted toward the promotion of an object's outward design -- functionality and stylishness are now trumping innards.

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