Tag Archives: Japan

Kyoto temple stay

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

Myoshinji temple complex, the head temple of Rinzai Zen Buddhism
 
A few years ago, I stayed at a Buddhist temple in South Korea and it was one of the most spiritually rewarding experiences that I could not forget. Since then, I have been wanting to stay at a Japanese zen Buddhist temple because [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japan and was tagged with meditation, Buddhism, Kyoto, temples, Japan


Blissful winter getaway in Kyoto

Posted on February 10, 2013 by Toothpicker

Footprints in Kyoto
 
In the past few years, I have been traveling to Japan almost annually and usually with a companion, but due to the business nature of this trip, I decided to travel alone and give myself some quality "me" time. The purpose of the trip was to attend the International Tokyo [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japan and was tagged with Kyoto, Japan, street life


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


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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Japan


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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Shopping, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, shopping, Packaging, Japan


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 [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Japanese design, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Design, Japanese art, Chinese art, Japan and was tagged with Hong Kong, Tokyo, art and design exhibitions, Japan


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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Design, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, Japan, Yuruliku, Japanese stationery


Good design award exhibition 2011

Posted on November 22, 2011 by Toothpicker

In Tokyo Midtown, I visited the Good design award exhibition 2011 exhibited this year's award-winning Japanese designs. My favourite was DoCoMo's ad for their Touchwood mobile phone, Xylophone of the Forest (click on the link to watch the amazing film). The campaign was cancelled because it launched on the day the tsunami [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Design, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, Japan, Tokyo design week


Tokyo designers week/ Designtide 2011

Posted on November 20, 2011 by Toothpicker

I didn't really expect to encounter obstacles when I planned my trip to Asia, but I guess life is full of unexpected surprises... First, I had to cancel my Bangkok trip 2 hours before my flight departure due to the floods; then I was warned about the high radiation scare in Tokyo [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Design, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Japan, Tokyo design week


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