Japanese designs

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Re:new Tohoku exhibition & event

Posted on July 14, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
I stumbled upon the Re:new Tohoku: a tradition of perfection brought to life for you exhibition at Asia House by chance, and while I was there, I chatted to the organisers who then kindly invited me to the buyer's event later in the evening.
This exhibition showcases beautiful Japanese handicrafts and design products [...]

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The joy (and pain) of origami

Posted on March 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

One of the perks of my job involves sourcing unusual and interesting products from different designers or companies. But sometimes, it is not easy placing orders without seeing the actual products, esp. if they require self-assembly. I love origami and so I requested some Japanese origami product samples from Tokyo Shiki, a [...]

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MUJI & Naoto Fukasawa

Posted on March 10, 2012 by Toothpicker

As soon as I heard that Naoto Fukasawa (Japanese product designer and advisor for MUJI) will be in town to give a talk at the Design Museum, I booked the ticket immediately knowing that it will be sold-out event (and I was right). I have always liked his minimalist designs i.e. his [...]

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Souvenir from Tokyo (part 2: stationery)

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Toothpicker

In the past, I couldn't resist shopping endlessly whenever I went to Tokyo; nowadays, I shop a lot less but I still can't resist the wonderful Japanese stationery. My favourite stationery shop in the world is Ito-ya in Ginza, where my friend and I could spend more than 3 hours wandering up [...]

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Souvenir from Tokyo (part 1)

Posted on December 17, 2011 by Toothpicker

Again, I was supposed to write about this right after I got back from Asia... it has taken me a while to sort out the photos but I really want to share the goodies I brought back from Tokyo because they are so weird and wonderful!
 
Pianissimo ViV Menthol cigarettes
I am no [...]

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Exhibitions in Tokyo & Hong Kong (Nov 2011)

Posted on December 14, 2011 by Toothpicker

While I was in Tokyo, I went to a few exhibitions including: Irving Penn and Issey Miyake's Visual Dialogue at 21_21 Design Sight in Midtown, Metabolism: the city of the future at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills and Japan's long selling products at Printing Museum in Koishikawa.
Irving Penn and Issey Miyake's [...]

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Yuruliku's Tokyo studio visit

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Toothpicker

While I was in Tokyo, I was glad to be invited to our Tokyo designer, Yuruliku's studio in Ochanomizu, an area which I have never visited before. There are many university campuses and musical instruments stores here (which I later discovered when my friend and I got very lost).
Foolishly, I left the [...]

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