Anything Japanese

'Just sitting' at the zazen weekend retreat

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
For the past few years, I would spend one February weekend attending an annual zazen retreat organised by my zazen group at a farm outside of London. Our zazen group is quite small, so most of us know each other quite well. People come and go, and there is no pressure to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, retreats, Zen Buddhism, zazen


Emmanuelle Moureaux's 'Slices of Time' exhibition at Now Gallery

Posted on February 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have been a fan of Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux and her colour-driven architecture for some time. Since 1996, she has been living in Tokyo where she established Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design in 2003. I have never actually seen Moureaux's architecture and installations in real life, so I was really [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Paper art & craft, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, architecture, graphic design, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Emmanuelle Moureaux, art, paper art


"Floating worlds: Japanese woodcuts" exhibition at Brighton Museum

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have visited exhibitions on Ukiyo-e (Japanese Woodblock prints) in Japan, France and London before, but never in Brighton. After reading some positive reviews on the "Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts" exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, I decided to head to Brighton to see the exhibition before it ended.
Oddly enough [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japanese art, British heritage, woodblock printing, Britain and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, museums, Japanese art, Brighton, woodblock printing, ukiyo-e, Brighton Museum and art gallery


Festival of Natural Fibres & Saori weaving at Craft Central

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I live in London, I don't often venture away from my neighbourhood or the centre, and I had no idea where the Isle of Dogs is until I looked it up on google. I have not been to the Craft Central's new venue since they moved across town more [...]

This post was posted in London, Fashion, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, weaving, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with London, textiles, weaving, natural dyeing, sustainability, Japanese textiles, Indian textiles, craft central, craft, SAORI weaving, Craft festival


Minyo Crusaders & Souad Massi at the Jazz Cafe

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
It has been many years since I last visited Jazz Cafe in Camden. In recent years, I tend to go to 'proper' concerts at the Barbican and South Bank where I would sit quite still for hours. I think I have almost forgotten the joy of standing (and dancing) at a concert [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, music, concert, Minyo Crusaders, Souad Massi, Jazz cafe, folk music, world music


London design festival & Kengo Kuma at the V & A museum

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Over the past few years, I have been quite disappointed with design industry's 'slow response' in tackling the sustainability issues, and felt the same way when I visited trade shows and exhibitions at the London design festival. Finally, things have changed this year. Sustainability and handmade crafts became the main focus of [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Talks, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Design, Contemporary, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, architecture, talks, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival, ceramics & potteries, sustainability, Kengo Kuma, V and A museum


London Craft Week 19: Contemporary Japanese craft

Posted on June 15, 2019 by Toothpicker

Indigo Hands installation at Coal Drops Yard
 
At the London Craft week this year, many Japanese craftsmen and artisans were invited to take part and showcase their exquisite craftsmanship. Although Japanese craft is highly regarded worldwide, the future of many traditional Japanese crafts is still uncertain due to the lack of younger people [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese design, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Design, ceramics & potteries, Textiles, indigo dyeing, basketry and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, furniture, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, ceramics & potteries, textiles, weaving, indigo dyeing, washi paper, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, basketry, Shizu designs, BUAISOU, sukumo, London Craft Week


Tribute to Mono-Ha exhibition at Cardi Gallery in London

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
While I was walking around Green Park one afternoon, I stumbled upon a poster outside of the Cardi Gallery with this title: 'Tribute to MONO-HA' (13 March - 26th July 2019). I was not only surprised but extremely excited since it is rare to see collective work associated with this art movement [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art, sculptures, Mono-ha, Cardi Gallery, Modern art


'Living Colours: Kasane' – an exhibition on Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
When I returned from Asia, I managed to book myself onto the curator's tour of the "Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations" exhibition at Japan House. The exhibition explores the natural dyed textile work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto. Due to my interest in natural dyeing, it [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Anything Japanese, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, traditional crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop, Japanese craft, Japan House


Manhole cover designs in Japan

Posted on November 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sakura motifs are often featured in Japanese manhole cover designs
 
If you have visited Japan before, you have probably seen the wonderul manhole covers on the pavements all over Japan – it would be hard to miss them! The popularity of these manhole covers has been growing rapidly both locally and overseas, and [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, graphic design, illustrations, Japan, Japanese craft, manhole covers


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