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Shippo tail chair at the 2014 Tokyo Designers Week


photo courtesy The Verge The annual Tokyo Designers Week kicked off over the weekend with various events continuing through this week.

Kimono Artist Hiroko Takahashi’s New Studio and Gallery Space


photos by Shiori Kawamoto | click to enlarge Discontinued and abandoned factories in Japan are being given a second life.

A Slanted Home With A Hidden Garden on the Roof


“Want to go for a walk in the park? On my roof?” That winning question could be yours if you lived in “Secret Garden,” the latest home designed by architect Hisanori Ban.

Detailed Cross-section of the Kowloon Walled City Created by Japanese Researchers


click images to enlarge (hi-res version of the file available here) The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was once the most densely populated place on earth.

OK Go’s New Music Video Shot in a Single Sequence in Japan


2,400 dancers with umbrellas, a drone and an incredible 5-minute single sequence shot. That is, in effect, a quick summary of OK Go’s latest music video I won’t Let You Down.

OK Go’s New Music Video Shot in a Single Sequence, Entirely in Japan


2,400 dancers with umbrellas, a drone and an incredible 5-minute single sequence shot. That is, in effect, a quick summary of OK Go’s latest music video I won’t Let You Down.

Sponsor // Create Realistic Mixed-Media Waterscapes with a Free Guide from Craftsy


Do you wish you could recreate the wonder of the ocean on canvas? Learn how to draw and paint crashing waves with Craftsy’s free, exclusive guide, Secrets to Creating Realistic Waterscapes in Mixed Media, by artist Antonella Avogadro.

Watercolor Paintings of Animals with Ladylike Legs by Akiko Kobayakawa


Akiko Kobayakawa is a young, Tokyo-based artist who creates sensuous, delicate paintings with watercolors and Japanese sumi ink.

Introducing the Spoon & Tamago Tokyo Guide


Throughout all the years of blogging, one of the most common emails we’ve gotten is, “hey I’m going to Tokyo.

EN ROUTE GINZA: fashion meets sports in this new Tokyo select shop


photos by Kenta Hasegawa courtesy Schemata Architects “Wearable Tokyo.” That’s the concept of En Route, the new select shop and concept brand backed by Japanese fashion powerhouse United Arrows.

The Women of Osamu Tezuka


The illustrator and manga author Osamu Tezuka was a visionary who single-handedly catapulted Japanese comics into a league of their own.

Japan’s Vanishing Terraced Rice Fields


The Japanese can do amazing things with their rice paddies but the real beauty lies in the ancient art of terraced rice fields.

Japan’s Vanishing Terraced Rice Fields


The Japanese can do amazing things with their rice paddies but the real beauty lies in the ancient art of terraced rice fields.

1 Week Salad: Toshiba’s Organic Salad Grown in an Old Semiconductor Factory


For quite some time now Toshiba’s Yokosuka factory, a sprawling 1,969-square-meter facility southwest of Tokyo, has been lying idle.

1Week Salad: Toshiba’s Organic Salad Grown in an Old Semiconductor Factory


For quite some time now Toshiba’s Yokosuka factory, a sprawling 1,969-square-meter facility southwest of Tokyo, has been lying idle.

Warped Embroidered Fruits and Vegetables by Sayaka Miyata


Sayaka Miyata is a young Japanese artist who creates otherworldly compositions of fruits, vegetables and other plants using embroidery techniques.

The Mirror: 30 Major Artists Descend Upon an 80-Year Old Office Building in Ginza


the 80-year old building in ginza where a massize art show will take place Art shows taking place in soon-to-be-demolished Tokyo buildings seems to be something of a trend this year.

Close Enough to Walk Apart: the art of Tsukasa Kanawa and Shinya Kato


The Japanese Artist Tomokazu Matsuyama has maintained a studio in New York since 2004. We visited him in 2013 when he employed 2-3 assistants.

Seasonal Steel Paintings by Miya Ando Seek Balance Between the Man-Made and Natural


Miya Ando once told us “I think of myself as a person who works with light.” And light is certainly crucial in viewing her works.

A Cubic Rubber Band That You’ll Never Want to Throw Away


Natural rubber bands have been around since the 1600s and they were patented (and formally institutionalized) in England in 1845.


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