With mate-mono, Komatsu Matere is taking the inevitable quantities of leftover and cut-off fabric that come from manufacturing and creating stylish sustainability.
Mio Yamada is the Art, Life & Style editor of The Japan Times. A former magazine editor and trends researcher, when she's not perusing galleries you'll find her taking photos and being distracted by shiny objects. She's also surprisingly British.
For Mio Yamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Once standard workwear for tradespeople, Anything Co. Ltd.’s maekake feature contemporary graphic designs, iconic ukiyo-e prints, manga characters and sports team logos.
Today, tiles are an architectural staple. Many are still made using traditional techniques, and some manufacturers are finding creative ways to revamp their wares for a wider audience.
“On: Design” introduces innovative new products inspired by traditional bamboo and wood crafts.
Beautifully designed and reasonably priced, “On: Design” checks out four new hotels that offer out-of-the-ordinary stays.
Dozens of works are now on display in terminal buildings across Japan as part of a major media arts exhibition split between seven airports and one international cruise port.
As an associate professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design, Keisuke Sugiyama is using a wide array of tools to convey his love of art.
With Earth Day coming up next month, “On: Design” looks into a few initiatives that address Japan’s plastic waste problem.
A traditional confectionery, sweet Japanese "wagashi" pair exquisitely with green tea and are definitely a sight to behold.
As a way to promote manufacturing industries in Aichi Prefecture, Aichi Design Vision paired companies with up-and-coming designers to create brand new homeware products.