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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.

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.

Neighborhood Globe: the artwork of Yasuhiro Suzuki


“Zipper Boat” (2004) | unless otherwise noted images courtesy the artist He’s parted the waters of a lake using a zipper, he’s turned castles to chocolate and he’s made eyeballs fall from the sky.

MUJI’s New Prefabricated Vertical House For City Living


Fifty years ago, on October 10, 1964, the Olympic torch arrived at Tokyo’s National Stadium to mark the beginning of the summer Olympics.

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A Gliding Penguin Cover For Your Floor Wipe


Regular house chores and cleaning got you feeling down? Mix things up with this penguin cover that fits through the handle of your floor wipe.

The Unearthly Delights of Manabu Ikeda, Hisashi Tenmyouya & teamLab


images from right to left: Manabu Ikeda, Hisashi Tenmyouya and teamLab | click images to enlarge If you plan to walk through a garden this fall, make it the “Garden of Unearthly Delights,” a new exhibition at the Japan Society that opens this Thursday (Oct.

This Winter Keep Warm With Grated Daikon Radish Sculptures in Your Nabe


Essentially Japan’s version of a hot pot, nabe (pronounced na-bay) is a large, simmering pot of meat and vegetables that’s served during the winter.

Boo! Skull Shaped Japanese Sugar Designed by Nobumasa Takahashi


These black and white sugar skulls are made from Wasanbon (和三盆), a fine-grained premium Japanese sugar, traditionally made in the Shikoku prefectures of Tokushima and Kagawa.

Yusuke Asai’s Sprawling Mud Mural Comes to Houston, Texas


Photos by Nash Baker courtesy Rice Gallery Yusuke Asai doesn’t use store bought materials to create his murals.

Arata Endo: the architect who carried on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan


the entrance to Wright’s Imperial Hotel (1922) | images courtesy wikimedia commons Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright discovered Japan through the same method as many in his time: ukiyo-e prints.

Strata: Aiko Miyanaga Designs the Process of Constant Change


Aiko Miyanaga is a young Japanese artist who often works with the chemical compound Napthalene, which she uses to model everyday objects.


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