Japanese design

Natural and eco-friendly: Charcoal

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Unlike other e-tailers, I rarely promote our products on this blog, but this time, I feel the need to write a bit more about charcoal and our newly launched product, Sumi eco KuKKu shoe deodorisers made from recycled charcoal paper. This is our second eco-friendly charcoal product from Japan, after Chikuno cube [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, recycling


Vintage Japanese & Chinese bookmarks

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

This month, I would like to 'show-off' some of my vintage stationery collection from both my childhood and travels. Even though I have loved stationery since I was a child, I never thought that I would be selling stationery one day, so life is really full of surprises sometimes!
Recently I found a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Japanese stationery, Chinese design, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, chinese design, illustrations, vintage bookmarks


Summer fashion accessories from Asia

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

I rarely write about fashion here because I am not a fashion blogger, nor do I follow the current fashion trends. These days, I would rather buy less but spend on quality items that are well-made, timeless and slightly unusual. As a huge fan of all things Japanese, I am surprised by [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Shopping, Fashion, Anything Japanese, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, shopping, fashion, Hong Kong design


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Posted on June 23, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
This year, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, and it is quite different from the previous pavilions.
Since its opening, it has been receiving high praises from critics and I also think it is one of the best that I have seen in recent years. Even [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese design, Architecture, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture


Souvenir from Asia

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

A long-overdue entry on some interesting finds I bought while I was traveling around Asia...
Japan
 

Fun 3-dimensional cards from Japan
 
In my previous entries on Kyoto and Tokyo ( click here to read), I have included some stationery and cards that I bought from specific shops, but here are some others including a washi [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Packaging, Greeting cards, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, greeting cards, graphic design, Hong Kong design, Taiwanese design


Hong Kong Houseware & Gifts Fairs

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Toothpicker

Houseware and gifts fairs at the Hong Kong Convention Centre
 
April was a busy month for trade fairs in Hong Kong, two large fairs: Houseware and textiles, Gifts and printing fairs all took place within two weeks. Apart from local design studios, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, there were also companies from around [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Japanese design, Travel, Business, Talks, Trade fairs, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, Japanese designs, talks, Trade fair, Hong Kong design


Design & stationery shopping in Tokyo

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku; bottom left: Yuse's sandwich tags; bottom right: fun fish pencil cases
 
With so many cool and unique design shops all over Tokyo, it is almost impossible to give a comprehensive list, so here is an overview of just some of them:
Omotesando
Tokyo's Tokyo ( 4-30-3 Jingumae) - Located on [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design, Visual merchandising, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Muji, Japan, visual merchandising


Tokyo Gift Fair Spring 2013

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Toothpicker

Tokyo Big Sight
 
Even though I have a slight phobia visiting trade fairs, sometimes it is the easiest and most direct way to meet potential suppliers and designers and see their products in person. I found out about the Tokyo gift fair while I was planning my annual trip to Asia, and decided [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Travel, Business, Trade fairs, Anything Japanese, Design, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Trade fair, Japan


Shopping in Kyoto

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Toothpicker

My last Kyoto blog entry is on shopping...
Since I spent much of the time in the rural area exploring temples and gardens, there was barely time for shopping. The day before I left for Tokyo, I went into the city centre during the late afternoon and spent a few hours exploring the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Fashion, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Design, Visual merchandising, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, fashion, Kyoto, Japan, visual merchandising


More than a capsule...

Posted on February 9, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I would say that I am an adventurous traveler and am always willing to try something new. When planning my business/ leisure trip to Japan, due to my late arrival time, I had the option of taking the night bus from Tokyo to Kyoto or staying overnight in Tokyo and then taking [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Travel, Anything Japanese, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, capsule hotel, Japan


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