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New Curated Tokyo Guide: Shimbashi by Shinji Tsuchimochi

Illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi finds inspiration in Shimbashi, where many of his illustrations come to life For some, Shimbashi, located south of Tokyo Station, smells a little stale: where old people go to do old people things.

Music Monday: Never Young Beach

Never Young Beach are a Tokyo-based indie rock band headed by Yuma Abe. Despite being in their mid-20s, Nebayan, as they’re colloquially called, come together to make a sound that hearkens back to simpler and – for some – better times.

Out of Bounds: Meguru Yamaguchi’s Collaboration with Issey Miyake Men

The New York-based Japanese artist Meguru Yamaguchi has collaborated with fashion brand Issey Miyake Men, installing a series of artworks in the Ginza storefront and also creating a series of garments with his signature brushwork.

Kengo Kuma’s Tsumiki Stacking Blocks

“Stacking blocks played a big role in my life. One of the main drivers that pushed me to become an architect was my childhood experiences playing with stacking blocks.” That’s Kengo Kuma, one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture and the one who is creating the new Tokyo National Stadium, which will be the main venue in the 2020 Olympics.

Ukiyoe of an Imaginary Beast Formed From All 12 Zodiac Animals

Over 150 years ago the ukiyo-e artist Shigematsu Enrosai created an imaginary beast as a woodblock print and called it “Twelve Precepts.” The beast featured the head of a rabbit, the neck of a dragon, the tail of a snake, the forelegs of a monkey and the hind legs of an ox.

2017 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence Program

Following a highly successful inaugural year, the 2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Program is back!

World’s First Hand-Drip Green Tea Shop Opens in Tokyo

In what can only be described as part of the 3rd wave movement of green tea, the world’s first hand-dripped green tea café has opened in Tokyo.

Utsuro-bune: the unidentified ship that landed on Edo-Japan’s shore

an 1803 account of a mysterious ship carrying a woman that landed on Japan’s shore In early 19th century Japan, there were several reports of a “hollow ship” allegedly washed ashore the coast of a village in Hitachi province (today’s Ibaraki Prefecture).

Music Monday: Creepy Nuts

The curiously named Creepy Nuts are a Japanese Hip Hop pair (get it?) comprised of R-Shitei and DJ Matsunaga.

Ippitsuryu: Single Stroke Paintings of Dragons

all images courtesy Fumiko Takase / The dragon is a mythical creature. In fact, it’s the only mythical creature among the 12 zodiac animals and, for centuries, has been considered to be an embodiment of a deity and the source of all other animals.

Honda Introduces Motorcycle That Balances Itself, Follows You Home

Fans of Kino’s Journey, the Japanese novel series about a girl who travels through mystical lands with her talking motorcycle Hermes, will be delighted to know that we are one step closer to getting our own personal Hermes.

Make Shinshoji Zen Museum & Gardens One of Your Top Destinations of 2017

The Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens is a sprawling campus of traditional Japanese structures like tea houses, hot baths and museums all connected by tranquil and beautiful Zen gardens.

Japanese Designer New Year’s Cards of 2017

­ Happy New Year! It’s become a tradition here at Spoon & Tamago, around this time of year, to share some of our favorite Japanese designer New Year’s cards (prior years can be found here).

Sola Cube: Elements of Nature Encapsulated in Resin

3.8 billion years ago life began on earth with single-celled organisms like bacteria. And over millions of years multicellular life evolved into land plants and forests.

Objects of Nature Encrusted with Polygons Made From Twine by Norihiko Terayama

“crust of polygon” by Norihiko Terayama Driftwood, stems and branches. They’re all around us but so easily overlooked.

Kiyoto Maruyama: one of Japan’s last public bath mural painters

If you’ve ever been to a sento, or a public bath in Japan, you may have noticed a large mural, typically one of Mt.

Gravity-Defying Stacked Coin Sculptures by Shunsuke Tani

With a little bit of creativity and, occasionally, a whole lot of patience, any household item can be turned into material for art.

The Wintry Elegance of Hasui Kawase’s Woodblock Prints

“Snow at Tsukijima” (1930) Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) was a prominent landscape artist in 20th century Japan who travelled extensively throughout the Western regions of the country.

Spoon & Tamago’s Most Popular Products of 2016

2016 marked our 3rd year of operating the Spoon & Tamago shop and it finally feels like we’re getting the hang of things.

Spoon & Tamago’s Most Popular Posts of 2016

Dear Readers – As the year of the monkey comes to an end, and we prepare to welcome in the year of the hen, it’s time to reflect on 2016, and take a look at what stroke a chord most with our audience.