Magical Bookends Transform Bookshelves into the Back Alleys of Japan www.spoon-tamago.com

If you’ve ever wandered around Tokyo on foot you’ll know that it can sometimes be like a spider web of side streets and back alleys. It’s one of the things that makes Tokyo so unique and therein li...

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Kyoto University Signs Removed www3.nhk.or.jp

Kyoto University has removed a number of signs put up by student groups around campus. But new ones protesting the removal were posted soon after.

University officials on Sunday removed signs from ...

posted by  Yubi | 6 days, 16 hours ago | 0 comments


Timber volumes form live-work spaces for artist and architect in rural Japan www.dezeen.com

Japanese architect Makoto Suzuki has designed his own live-work space as a series of interlocking timber-clad buildings near Sapporo on Hokkaido island.

Suzuki created his own living and working sp...

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A Kimono for Each Country the-japan-news.com

A project is underway to create kimonos representing the participating countries for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Denim Koi www3.nhk.or.jp

Carp streamers featuring printed denim patterns are flying in Kurashiki City, the denim capital of Japan.

The streamers were made by a blue jeans company and a carp streamer maker in Okayama Prefec...

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The Sprawling Legacy of Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli www.smithsonianmag.com

Isao Takahata, a master of Japanese animation who co-founded the beloved animation house Studio Ghibli with fellow titan Hayao Miyazaki, died following a battle with lung cancer at the Teikyo Unive...

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What Isle of Dogs Gets Right About Japan www.newyorker.com

A week ago, I saw Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” or “Inu-ga-shima.” I saw it as someone who, upon hearing that name, is forcibly reminded of Oni-ga-shima, the isle of demons where Peach Boy, a hero...

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Kengo Kuma designs Japan's first Ace Hotel www.dezeen.com

The Ace Hotel chain is opening its first Japanese outpost in Kyoto this winter, in a former telephone exchange building overhauled by Kengo Kuma.

Japanese architect Kuma will convert the ShinPuhKan...

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In Japan, Samurai Cuisine Is Racking Up Michelin Stars www.bloomberg.com

In the town of Shiogama in Miyagi Prefecture, there’s a residential neighborhood overlooking Matsushima Bay, the epicenter of Japan’s catastrophic March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. On a...

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Samurai Parade www3.nhk.or.jp

About 1,500 people dressed as samurai warriors in armor have paraded in central Japan to celebrate 16th-century warlord Takeda Shingen.

The parade on Saturday in the streets of Kofu, Yamanashi Pref...

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