Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

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A Ha-Ha 2015 runway show included models in wheelchairs Japanese fashion has never really been a successfully influential vehicle for protest movements and political statements. There have been attempts, such as the design collective Ha-Ha, which again became the enfant terrible of Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo in March with its ongoing targeted ...

The sweet  artworks of Tetsuya Nagata

Jul 2, 2017

The sweet artworks of Tetsuya Nagata

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Osaka-born artist Tetsuya Nagata has found a unique way to breathe new life into two time-honored crafts of Japan — washi (Japanese paper) and wagashi (Japanese sweets). By pressing Nishinouchi washi into carved wooden molds that were originally used for shaping sugar, he creates delicate ...

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

| Jul 2, 2017

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

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The Interior Lifestyle Tokyo trade fair, an annual event held in June at Tokyo Big Sight, always showcases an impressive number of Japanese participants. This year, On Design picks its favorites from the fair's "Wanted" special exhibition of designers looking for collaborators or ...

Fashion veterans make new moves

Jun 25, 2017

Fashion veterans make new moves

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They may be newcomers to Tokyo, but behind the fashion names picking up traction this summer is a wealth of experience combined with honed artisanal skills. Affordable minimalism The beauty of origami folds, pleats and twists in clothing is usually something that could only be appreciated ...

First Japan House opens in Brazil

Apr 30, 2017

First Japan House opens in Brazil

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London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo. There is little at first sight that seems to unite these three cities, which are diverse in geography and climate as well as architecture, cuisine and atmosphere. Yet these metropolitan hubs will soon be connected by one unexpectedly common thread ...