'Most wanted' in Japanese design

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Jul 2, 2017

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

by Mio Yamada

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 ...

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

National May 15, 2016

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

by Takuto Kaneko

A craftsman's plastic processing business in western Japan has finally begun to take off as the exquisite toy weapons he produces become popular with the legion of costume-wearing manga fans known as "cosplayers." Takumi Orii, an enthusiast of the "Gundam" animation series about giant robots, ...

BorneLund stays strong on smart toys

National Sep 23, 2013

BorneLund stays strong on smart toys

Since its beginning in 1981, BorneLund Inc. has been growing at a steady pace, supplying toys the Tokyo-based company touts as stirring children's imaginations. President Hiroko Nakanishi said that when the company imports or builds toys, it always confirms not only whether they are safe ...

And the top toy for girls: chameleon Licca-chan

Business Jun 12, 2013

And the top toy for girls: chameleon Licca-chan

by Magdalena Osumi

Takara Tomy's Triple Color Change Licca-chan doll, whose hair color changes with the temperature, won the girls' toy category of the Japan Toy Prize on Tuesday, preceding the 52nd Annual International Toy Show that kicks off Thursday. "Licca-chan has always had an important place in ...

Sony lab offers a peek into the future

Business May 29, 2013

Sony lab offers a peek into the future

by Kazuaki Nagata

A miniature rotor craft controlled through a head-mounted display and Lego blocks manipulated with a PlayStation controller: These were just a couple of examples of new ideas and creativity on display last week at a two-day open house held by Sony Computer Science Laboratories ...