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Fluorescent Chrysanthemum at ICA

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Like 2016, 1968 was a turbulent year with seismic social and political change taking place across the globe. It was the year when the civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated; Apollo 8 and three US astronauts orbited the moon; 800,000 students, teachers and [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art, British art and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, ICA, graphic design, Japanese art, British art, Fluorescent Chrysanthemum


Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Amidst the Brexit storm, a Japanese company of 25 performers brought chaos and frenzy to the Pit at the Barbican; nonetheless it was still more predictable and endurable than the political turmoil that was unfolding during the week.
Part of LIFT Festival 2016, the sold out 45-minute show Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker pays [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, dance, music, Japanese art, Barbican, immersive theatre


East London Comics & Arts Festival 2016

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Grade II listed Round Chapel, Hackney
 
Organised by London-based Nobrow Press, the fifth annual East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) took place over three days at the Round Chapel and MKII gallery in Hackney.
The festival is designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustrations, and it features [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Shopping, British designs, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Design, books, Publishing, illustrated books & zines and was tagged with London, Japanese designers, shopping, talks, graphic design, art deco architecture, Katsumi Komagata, illustrated books & zines, East London Comics & arts festival, publishing


New product ranges from Japan

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Katamaku - an upcycled stationery and product range
 
In the last 2 months, we added three new product ranges from Japan, including: upcycled stationery by KATAMAKU, textile products by Tenp, and Sola cube and Sola Zukan by Sola.

During my trip to Japan earlier this year, I met up with Japanese architect Shimon [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Nature, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Contemporary crafts, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, nature, contemporary crafts, sola cube, tenp10, katamaku, sashiko weaving


Mino washi from Gifu exhibition

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mino washi paper exhibition at The Proud Archivist
 
I have been wanting to visit Mino in Gifu Prefecture in Central Japan for a while. My motive is to do with none other than paper, as Mino is renowned for traditional Japanese paper making.
The origin of Mino washi can be traced back to the [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Paper craft, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, The Proud Archivist, washi


Hyper Japan summer 2015

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Toothpicker

Dempagumi.inc.
 
Although I have heard a lot about the biannual Hyper Japan festival, a celebration of the Japanese culture, music, food and entertainment, I have never visited this event before. This year, after spending one year learning Japanese, I made friends with a group of people who are interested in the Japanese culture [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, music, Hyper Japan, J-pop


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, bookshops


Design & stationery shopping in Eastern/Central Tokyo

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Toothpicker

My final two Tokyo entries are on shopping, so I hope this will delight a few readers. I have written another entry under the same title 2 years ago, so this is an update/addition to the previous blog entry (click here to read). This entry will focus on Eastern and Central Tokyo:
 
Kuramae
On [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide


Tokyo graphics

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Graphic design is a visual communication tool, and it is more complex than most people realise. As a graphic design student at uni, I was profoundly influenced by Japanese graphic design. Now that my main focus is on product designs, I still can't help noticing and forming judgements on graphics seen in [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Packaging, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Packaging, graphic design


Tokyo's coffee culture

Posted on June 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

Trend is an intriguing topic. Why is it that some trends remain local (within a town/city/country) while others spread and become global? There are of course numerous factors behind the spread of a particular trend, but the one that excites me most in recent years is the booming coffee or cafe culture [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Travel, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, cafes


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