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When asked how his design process works, Teruhiro Yanagihara, creative director of the ceramics collaboration project 1616/Arita, says, “My brain is initially ‘where I create.'”

Yanagihara’s comment in “Where They Create: Japan,” Paul Barbera and Kanae Hasegawa’s photographic compendium of creative workspaces, is a reference to how his studio — then a beautifully preserved old house in a remote forested area of Kyoto — was a space for the “final” stages of his projects. The actual “designing,” he says, takes place in his mind while traveling and meeting people.

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