/ Sep 10, 2014

Man held for allegedly extorting cigarettes from store owner

A 39-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly extorting cigarette cartons from a convenience store owner, police said Wednesday. The man allegedly posted video footage of himself threatening the store owner on the Internet. According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, Go Nakamura, from the city ...

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

Jun 27, 2013

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

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"Mingei" translates as "folk art" and is connected to objects that are made or used by ordinary people on an everyday basis. Usually this evokes hand-crafted objects, such as ceramics, baskets, items of woodwork, etc. As such, the term is evocative of the era ...