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Danielle Demetriou
Danielle Demetriou is a writer who swapped her native London for Tokyo in 2007. From art and design to business and fashion, she writes about all things Japan-related for international newspapers and magazines.
Since launching in 1961, the iconic Salone del Mobile furniture fair has firmly established Milan’s status as a leading force in the global design world
LIFE / Style & Design
Apr 18, 2024
Salone del Mobile’s Maria Porro: ‘Italy and Japan share many things’
Maria Porro became the leading global design fair's first female and youngest-ever president when she was named to the position in 2021.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 12, 2022
Sower: Crafting rural Lake Biwa into a culinary destination
'Eating is one of the most intimate ways you can share ideas with someone,' says chef Coleman Griffin. 'More than music, more than visual arts.'
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Oct 10, 2021
28 shades of aimai: Reinventing Japan’s traditional color wheel
Want to upholster your couch in a color that references “fog hanging above blue seas”? Now you can, with designer Teruhiro Yanagihara's lineup of textile shades for Kvadrat.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Aug 22, 2021
TeamLab targets little minds with art designed to stimulate
Looking for things to do with the kids? Fortunately for mini teamLab lovers (and parents), a growing number of child-focused experiences are open across Japan, from Tokyo to Fukuoka.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Jun 27, 2021
Ishinomaki Laboratory celebrates 10 years of DIY design
Ishinomaki Laboratory remains rooted in community empowerment, fusing quality design with social impact — locally as well as globally.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
May 30, 2021
Shuzo Matsuhashi: 'Respect traditional methods that are inherited and have evolved over centuries'
A Japanese designer living in Vienna, Shuzo Matsuhashi is getting a boost from the Swarovski Foundation to further his crafts-inspired vision of fashion.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
May 2, 2021
It’s open season for strawberries at Kawana Farm
It might not be strawberry fields forever, but this 30-minute, all-you-can-eat strawberry-picking experience is a sweet family excursion.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 10, 2021
A glimpse of Louis Vuitton’s luxe Le Cafe V Ginza
The French fashion house collaborated with chef Yosuke Suga to design the menu — and the world's first Louis Vuitton chocolates.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Mar 13, 2021
Iittala celebrates its 140th anniversary with a new Tokyo flagship store
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Finnish design brand's recently opened flagship store in Omotesando allows customers to immerse themselves in the Nordic way of life.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Jan 23, 2021
Every stay at Zenagi comes with a sprinkle of artistry
The luxury hotel located in Nagano Prefecture's Kiso Valley offers bespoke athletic and artistic workshops for guests, including kids.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Nov 15, 2020
Upgrade your kids’ home dance parties with a class at Studio Tron
For dance-loving children, Studio Tron is the stuff of dreams, with feel-good pop, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and kind, professional teachers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 12, 2020
Opening a hotel restaurant is about more than the menu
The challenges facing chefs opening hotel restaurants are as extensive as they are complex. Factor in a pandemic, and strategies must be rethought.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Sep 6, 2020
A serene kid’s cultural experience in the heart of Kamakura
“Kids” and “tea ceremony” don't often go together, but Modern Ryokan Kishi-ke has a one-day program that will engage all of your little one's senses.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Jul 5, 2020
Let your little farmers loose at this luxe agriculture-tourism resort in Nasu
Do you — and the kids — need a break from the city? A few days in Risonare Nasu's Agri-Garden will set everyone to rights.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Apr 26, 2020
How to spend a day (or a month) at home with the kids
Entertaining the kids while staying home is becoming easier for families across Japan as services normally confined to Tokyo begin putting themselves online.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Mar 9, 2020
Design innovations in Kyoto's textile industry pave the way forward
The contrasting worlds of contemporary designer Mae Engelgeer and Hosoo, a historical Japanese textile company, overlap to ethereal effect at 'Colortage,' an exhibition of new approaches to fabrics.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Feb 17, 2020
Purrfect: Kids, cats and cookies
Quiet green lanes, low-rise wooden houses, generations-old tofu stores, atmospheric temples, cycling grannies, small creative ateliers — and cats. Lots of cats.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Dec 16, 2019
Exercising can be fun with CrossFit for kids
Running around on all fours, jumping onto mattresses, lifting weights — CrossFit is a great way to for kids to expel excess energy.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Oct 20, 2019
Encourage the little Van Goghs of the family
It's one of the world's most iconic expressions of a night sky: a bold yellow moon, a milky expanse of stars and gradated shades of blue alongside the swirling silhouette of a cypress tree and a distant sleeping village.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Aug 18, 2019
Activities to keep the kids animated
Have a young budding animation director on your hands? 'The Science Behind Pixar' exhibition takes kids (and so-inclined adults) through the process from modeling and rigging to simulation and rendering.

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