The limitations of recycling and repurposing materials frees the imagination for unusual, amusing and clever design in Japan.
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:
The focus on traditional artisanship is still strong, as is the global obsession with minimalism, but what about sustainability and ethical consumption?
Mina Perhonen's emotive approach to fashion highlights artisanship, eco-friendliness and our natural desire to connect and remember the past.
From jet lag to local lodgings — the life of a travel journalist
The holiday season is closing in fast, and if you're looking to send gifts — especially to overseas — you likely only have a week or so at the most to get to the post office. Here are a few ideas that shouldn't need ...
Though unusual textile designs and traditional techniques, Robert Hamilton's kimono don't break rules — they just make them that little bit more flexible.
Now showcasing an impressive 300 designers and brands in over 100 locations, Designart Tokyo 2019 has branched out to include two new areas to it venues list — Shinjuku and Ginza — and introduces a slew of high-profile participants.
Nestled between the traditional buildings of Turkey's city of Eskisehir, Kengo Kuma & Associates' design of the new Odunpazari Modern Museum is a love letter to Seljuk, Ottoman and Turkish history.
Japanologist and product designer Zacher on Japanese design, gadgets and university scholarships.
From elegant bud vases to innovative color-changing vessels, ceramists in Japan prove you don't need an elaborate bouquet to highlight flowers in the home.