japan

Play With This

Ducobi, a design studio run by developers from the US, South Korea and Japan, has created these lovely little collectible creatures. They’re limited edition creations and apparently the first mother-of-pearl inlaid & lacquered toy. Each piece is hand-crafted so each is one-of-a-kind. Aside from being darn adorable, I love the scenes of the toys chillaxing...

Cleverly Useful via East London

Labour and Wait appreciates that the form of the tools and items that make our day-to-day more convenient is just as important as their function.  This lovely store has three brick-and-mortar locations in Japan and two in London. Bruce Pask of the New York Times puts it best: “the store’s contemporary take on antique staples...

Japanese Color Treatment

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design of Japan recently created this installation for Nakagawa Chemical Inc, a company that creates colored film products. “Over 1100 different colored film samples are displayed in acrylic furniture” creating a multi-dimensional, almost magical environment. {via psfk}

Music and Design Collide in Japan

Check out Lipstick Tracez, a lovely blog updated by fashion designer ‘nana’ based in Tokyo. She posted info about the exhibit Art with Sound,  “a cross-disciplinary collaboration between designers and musicians from Japan and Singapore.”  The installation displays 10 LP-sized albums with headphones so the visitor can listen to what inspired the beauty before them. ...

Virtual Japanese Smiles of Joy

Found via Treehugger, Knom is a virtual Buddhist Temple that is encouraging wider understanding of Buddhism and Japanese culture.  Although some of the articles seem rather disconnected, my morning was brightened by this motivation: “We hope to transform these Buddhist thoughts into a lamplight and deliver this message to the world. Hope to fill the...

Tattooing in the Moment in Brazil

To be honest, I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto Life Under Zen, but I keep going back for more. The site features work by a Japanese tattoo artist living in Brazil (I can’t figure out the artist’s full name so if you read this, Mr. Tattoo Artist, please email and let me know)....

Making Order Out of Chaos in Tokyo

Simple, yet oddly beautiful shots of what is normally a very subdued and bland part of any urban landscape, from Chicago to Prague. The above photographs of Japanese housing complexes are currently featured in a book by photographer Ken Oyama. You can view more of the photos on PingMag’s site here.