In 2018, art came via many anniversaries in Japan

Art Dec 12, 2018

In 2018, art came via many anniversaries in Japan

by John L. Tran

This year saw a lot of anniversaries in Japan. It was 1868 when Crown Prince Mutsuhito became the Emperor Meiji, the official policy of national isolation ended and the country was set on a course to become a modern industrialized nation-state. This birthday seems ...

Takaoka crafts a new tourism industry

Lifestyle Jun 9, 2018

Takaoka crafts a new tourism industry

by Mio Yamada

In the entrance of Nousaku in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, a group of schoolchildren skip by and point excitedly at an eclectic display of hundreds of brightly colored objects. Other visitors, meanwhile, look down in wonder toward the concrete floor, where a huge golden silhouette ...

Reconstructing the Japanese house

Lifestyle Aug 13, 2017

Reconstructing the Japanese house

by John L. Tran

After very successful runs in Rome and London, "The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945," an exhibition of maquettes, photographs, plans and drawings, is now in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. For providing an extensive look at varied and eclectic forms that ...

Designer Yuri Suzuki chases his dreams through sound

People | WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN? May 13, 2017

Designer Yuri Suzuki chases his dreams through sound

by Irma Nunez

As a boy in the 1980s, Yuri Suzuki fell under the spell of video games and his father's record collection. The family home was in bustling Shibuya Ward, near the border with Shinjuku, and the influence of global cultures within its walls was strong. Both parents were in publishing — his mother editor in chief of Soen, the seminal fashion magazine — and their tastes broad. Imports ranged from the classics to the avant-garde, with a tilt toward American popular culture. So young Yuri took indirect life lessons watching videotapes of "Saturday Night Live" as well as "MTV." His touchstones included both U.S. TV personality Mister Rogers and Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder. You could say he didn't fit in at school. ...

DIY — a power tool for distracting kids

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Dec 10, 2016

DIY — a power tool for distracting kids

My 4-year-old daughter's eyes light up when she spies something sitting on the work table. Unlike her normal playtime preferences, it is not a rainbow-haired unicorn, felt tip pens or a plastic doll that has caught her attention — it's an industrial looking electric ...

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Style & Design Aug 2, 2016

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

by Danielle Demetriou

Colorful and cluttered, the office bursts with paraphernalia, from stacked bicycles and piles of books on designer chairs to an apple-green iMac, a futuristic record player and a red Snoopy phone on the rosewood desk. This is, of course, no ordinary office — it's the ...