Eat, sleep and shop at Muji Hotel

Jan 28, 2018

Eat, sleep and shop at Muji Hotel

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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, ...

Japanese fashion's great end to the year

Dec 24, 2017

Japanese fashion's great end to the year

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With the holidays upon us, it is a season for celebration. Japan's fashion industry has its own reason to enjoy the festivities, as the ceremony for the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix awards revealed some amazing talent on home turf. And then, we discover o-kaizome, ...

A modern answer to your home prayers

Dec 17, 2017

A modern answer to your home prayers

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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 ...

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

Nov 26, 2017

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

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As regular followers of Japanese fashion can attest, the industry can be seen as somewhat flirtatious, dallying with new debutantes, another sister brand, another collaboration, another short-term "limited shop" or another retail concept that makes the news but doesn't really change the game. It is ...

Tokyo welcomes Designart

| Nov 5, 2017

Tokyo welcomes Designart

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Last month saw the launch of Designart — the capital's new annual collection of exhibitions that bring together Japanese and overseas creators for collaborations on product design and objets d'art. Here are a few picks that showcase the inaugural event's embrace of color, versatility ...