Japanese designs

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design, Visual merchandising and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Muji, 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 [...]

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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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