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.

For Danielle Demetriou's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Eat, sleep and shop at Muji Hotel

Jan 28, 2018

Eat, sleep and shop at Muji Hotel

It all feels faintly familiar. There are the neutral textiles, the pale wood furniture, the green plants, the clean-lined gadgets and an aesthetic that is as calming as it is minimal. In short, it's identical to the interior of a Muji store — except here, ...

A modern answer to your home prayers

Dec 17, 2017

A modern answer to your home prayers

With its white latticed facade, shiny walls of glass and monochrome interior lighting, passers-by could be forgiven for assuming that Wakabayashi Butsugu is a fashion flagship or contemporary interiors store. Yet the reality is a little different, for the minimal, clean-lined space, which opened in ...

Living it up at the Hilton — Disney style

| Dec 17, 2017

Living it up at the Hilton — Disney style

The seemingly simple act of checking into a hotel can be a recipe for disaster with tired young children: cue tackling mundane paperwork while trying to preempt high-volume meltdowns or contain hyperactive runarounds. So recently, it was something of a surprise to arrive at a ...

It has been a year of new museums, galleries and inventive renovations

Dec 12, 2017

It has been a year of new museums, galleries and inventive renovations

From polka-dot emporiums and oceanfront observatories to a new-generation castle museum, a raft of eclectic new cultural spaces have been showcased over the past year across Japan. Here are a few highlights that have either opened or been renovated across the country in recent ...

A crafty way to give the kids a creative workout

| Oct 15, 2017

A crafty way to give the kids a creative workout

It's one of those fleeting parenting moments when my normally nonstop high-volume children are awake, but silent. The reason for this? They are studiously poring over a table covered with a neatly aligned assortment of wood cutouts — a cat, a witch, a star, ...

Tokyo remodels the 'design event'

Oct 10, 2017

Tokyo remodels the 'design event'

If Akio Aoki had his way, there would be one new word included in dictionaries across the globe: "Designart." The Tokyo-based designer is one of a team of high-profile creators united in their desire to transcend the boundaries of all things art and design with ...