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Japanese Designer Hacks IKEA Shelf to Create Floor to Ceiling Parabolic Shelving


If you’re looking to create high-end design on an IKEA budget, take inspiration from Japanese artist and architect Takayoshi Kitagawa, who renovated his parents’ 38-year old apartment and studio in Osaka and transformed it into a dynamic, modernist living space.

Music Monday: Sundays & Cybele


Sundays & Cybele are a Tokyo-based psychedelic rock band that takes their name from Serge Bourguignon’s 1962 film.

21_21 Design Sight to Expand, Add Gallery Space


On March 31, 2017, Tokyo Midtown’s 21_21 Design Sight will celebrate their 10th anniversary. And in doing so, they will be opening an art space: “Gallery 3.” Rather than add any existing structures to the Tadao Ando-designed space, 21_21 Design Sight will be decommissioning the restaurant that sat adjacent to the museum entrance and turning it into a gallery.

Oyane Pottery Shop in Nagasaki Made from Ceramics and Kiln Shelving


the Oyane pottery shop | unless otherwise noted, photos by Takumi Ota Last year Saikai Toki, and Nagasaki-based ceramics company that specializes in hasami ware, decided to renovate their main shop and showroom.

Kawazu Cherry Blossoms in Shizuoka Now in Full Bloom


The Kawazu-Zakura cherry blossoms (photo taken Feb 15 by Kyodo News) If you’re sick of winter and ready for spring, head to Shizuoka’s Kawazu City, the host of one of Japan’s earliest cherry blossom festivals.

Music Monday: RADWIMPS


If you had never heard of Radwimps before last year, you probably have now. The Japanese rock band has been around since 2001, slowly gaining domestic popularity with major milestones in 2006 and 2008.

A’ Design Awards 2017: International Call for Entries, Deadline Feb 28 (Sponsor)


The A’ Design Award & Competition seeks to showcase the talents and success of innovators from all design fields.

Illustrated Tokyo Storefronts by Mateusz Urbanowicz


left: Yamane meat shop (Nippori) | right: Tsuruya Tailors, now retro variety shop (Jimbocho) Mateusz Urbanowicz, also known as Matto, is a Polish artist and illustrator currently based in Tokyo.

Highlights From the 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival


all photos by Shigeo Takahashi / Sankei Photo I have a Sapporo. I have a Snow. *ungh* Sapporo Snow Festival.

A’ Design Awards 2017: International Call for Entries (Sponsor)


The 2017 A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s leading international, annual juried competition for design, is now open.

Japanese Street Style Magazine FRUiTS to Shutter After 20 Years Citing Lack of Cool Kids


After 20 years of capturing the street style of Japanese teens in and around Harajuku, Japanese magazine FRUiTS says it has published its last issue.

Japanese Buildings that are Shaped Like the Things They Sell


The other day we stumbled upon a building in Osaka that was shaped like a dachshund. As it turns out, it was a warehouse and distribution center for the Japanese pet food company DoggyMan, which made sense; what you see is what you get.

Realistic Glass Insects Sculpted to Scale by Yuki Tsunoda


Think twice before you swat that mosquito. It just might be a delicate glass sculpture, at least if you’re in the presence of Yuki Tsunoda, a young sculptor who shapes glass into insects and plants that are almost exactly to scale.

Kyoto Café Reimagines Rocks & Minerals as Beautiful Food


an edible rock and mineral specimen meal that was offered last year Usaginonedoko is a Kyoto shop, café and lodge whose purpose is to convey the sculptural beauty of mother nature.

Getting your share of the Japanese Valentine’s Day Market


from trains, noodles, sushi and strawberries, everyone gets in on Valentine’s Day in Japan Depending on where you live, maybe couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day.

MTRL Kyoto: a 120-year old studio converted into a coworking space


the co-working space MTRL Kyoto (photos courtesy Fumihiko Sano) Need an hour, a day, or even longer to work on a creative project, or make a presentation to a client?

Kaikado’s Tea and Coffee Cafe in Kyoto


For 40 years an old government building had remained vacant. Originally built in 1927, the Western-style concrete space had been used as a garage and administration office until it closed in the mid-1970s.

Raw Meat, Cabbage, Moldy Bread, and other things that have inspired Japanese fashion label CUNE


intestines (left), cabbage (middle) and moldy bready (right) are just some of the things that have inspired fashion designer Hironori Yasuda Don’t call it fashion.

Chim↑Pom built a treehouse on the US-Mexico Border


photo by Carolina Miranda/ LA Times Japanese art collective Chim↑Pom, known for their provocative, politically-charged artwork, has built a tree house along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nendo and Dentsu Form Alliance, Establish New Business Design Entity Cacdo


Globally recognized design firm Nendo and ad agency Dentsu have entered into a strategic alliance, resulting in a new business design entity called Cacdo.


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