Tag Archives: Japan

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 [...]

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Boro textiles at Amuse museum (closed in 2019)

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

Boro – real astonishment exhibition
 
After spending so much time in the rural countryside, I found it hard to cope with the hustle and bustle back in Tokyo, and felt slightly dazy and detached from reality. My original Airbnb booking was cancelled by a host in Tokyo at the last minute, (the 2nd [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan, Textiles, indigo dyeing, woodblock printing, Boro and was tagged with Tokyo, art and design exhibitions, fashion, museums, traditional crafts, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, Boro, Amuse museum


Japanese textiles workshop (Part 2): Katagami & Katazome

Posted on October 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Top: a visit and demonstration of katagami by the Ise-Katagami artisan Isao Uchida

 
Like I mentioned in my previous entry, my knowledge on traditional Japanese textiles techniques was quite minimal before the workshop. I have done some shibori techniques like itajime and pole wrapping, but I have never done any stitch shibori nor [...]

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Shibori & indigo dyeing textiles workshop in Fujino (Part 1)

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Lately, I have beein trying to recall when I first became interested in textiles, initially I thought it was after seeing a Japanese textiles exhibition at MOMA years ago. But then I remember how I used to draw/sketch historical costumes after seeing them on TV drama series, and this made me realise [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Japan, Textiles, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, Japan, textiles, shibori, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Fujino, Japanese textiles


The architecture of Kanazawa

Posted on October 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Tsuzumimon at Kanazawa station
 
As soon as you arrive at Kanazawa train station, the “Motenashi Dome” (Welcome Dome) made up of 3,019 glass panels is likely to catch your eye. This train station is thought to be one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, and it is designed by [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with architecture, Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Kanazawa


Kenrokuen - is this the most beautiful landscape garden in Japan?

Posted on October 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

Kasumiga Pond
 
Kenrokuen is considered one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen. Located in central Kanazawa, the once-private garden covers an area of 11 hectares (almost 25 acres) next to Kanazawa Castle. The original garden named Renchitei is said to have been created by the 5th [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, gardens, Japan, cherry blossom, trees, Japanese garden, Kanazawa, Kenrokuen Garden


Eiheiji Temple & Zen Master Dogen

Posted on October 14, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
A large 13th century temple complex located in rural Fukai is considered to be an important pilgrimage site by most Soto Zen practitioners (including Steve Jobs), and this temple is Eiheiji, founded by Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) in 1244.
I had been interested in Buddhism since I was in my early 20s, but I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, Japan, Japanese architecture, Zen Buddhism, zazen, Eiheiji, Master Dogen


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (last day)

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku in Koguchi
 
After having a big Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku, I was ready for my last hike of the pilgrimage trail. Mr Nakazawa warned me about the first stretch of the hike, which requires a steep climb of 800 metres in elevation over 5km. This [...]

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Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (Day 1)

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
After a restful night at the lovely Happiness Chikatsuyu, I was feeling mentally prepared for my pilgrimage walk. According to the map, the distance from Chikatusuyu to Hongu Taisha-mae is about 25 km/15.5 miles with an elevation of 650 meters at the highest point of the route. On paper, it doesn't [...]

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Japan's sacred mountain – Koyasan

Posted on August 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Danjo Garan Temple complex
 
For a long time, I have been wanting to visit Mount Koya or Koyansan, a sacred mountain in the Wakayama region. It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism ( a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect), introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Located in the [...]

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