japanese art, design and culture

Posts from — March 2009

chocolate fondue

How cool is this fondue pot, recently re-imagined by product designer Shizuka Tatsuno! It was created for use at the kaho (菓頬) snack café in Harajuku that opened last year.

Care to pay them a visit?
The address  is 3-22-11 Jingumae and they are on the 2nd floor of kyushuya bldg.

March 31, 2009   Comments Off

Yanagi Miwa at Syabi

Japanese photographer Yanagi Miwa currently has a show going on at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (aka Syabi) through the month of April. On display is her ongoing work “my grandmothers.” The artist asks models to envision themselves 50 years down the road, then recording the image in a surrealistic format. The piercing question takes us on a journey beyond the dreams and aspirations of young women to a place where success is no longer of primary concern. And each photo is accompanied by an intimate dialogue.

If you are interested in the artist’s work, have a look at her early work “elevator girls” in which the artist envisions a world where only elevator girls roam.

March 31, 2009   Comments Off

Big Bra

I’m back! …I think. It feels like eons since I last posted. Thank you to everyone who sent along their good wishes!

I decided to check in on the ongoing show taking place in rooms of the boutique hotel CLASKA. For those frequenting our site often the participants should be familiar; Studio Note, MicroWorks and Noto Fusai to name a few.

So if you haven’t checked out the show yet now would be a good time as writtenafterwards has taken the stage. The duo unit comprised of Yoshikazu Yamagata and Kentaro Tamai are known for their experimental work in merging fashion and fine art. I’m a big fan of their work, especially Yamagata’s series, a long story.

Big Bra, from the series “a long story”

March 30, 2009   1 Comment

Creative Calligraphy by WabiSabi

Cali-Bonsai (2005)

Check out the great work of WabiSabi, a designer duo comprised of Ryohei “Wabi” Kudo and Kazushi “Sabi” Nakanishi. Their work ranges from advertising and graphic design to art objects and films. But in this series they use calligraphy to illustrate different objects like bonsai, or a guitar. The bottom piece was from an ad they did for Nike, in which the global sneaker company commissioned their calligraphy to a typographic running man.

Love Guitars-Rickenbacker (2005)

nike.com (2008)

March 28, 2009   Comments Off

March 23 2009

So, early early this morning little Huey was joined in this world of ours by a baby sister. And I`m happy to report that both are in excellent health. Consequentially, posting will be sparse this week but I hope things will settle down by next week!

March 23, 2009   4 Comments

Camper x Nendo

Camper shoes continues to appeal to the artsy design crowd by collaborating with designers. First it was Spanish designer Jaime Hayon who worked his magic in their Barcelona store interior. Now they have enlisted Japanese design firm Nendo to create an exhibition space titled imagination walks at Bread & Butter in Barcelona. This makes a lot of sense given the fact that Camper shoes are huge in Japan.

Camper subsequently came out with a line of shoes designed by Hayon so I’m guessing in a few months we will also see a line of shoes by Nendo, which would, without a doubt, be pretty exciting.

via Jean Snow & Designboom


March 20, 2009   Comments Off


Something is not right here on Spoon & Tamago. My columns are missing and only the latest post shows up. Anyone know what’s up?

Please be patient while I try and get to the bottom of this.
I really hope it’s just that button that’s been turned to “not working.”

[Update] Seems to be a browser issue. I downloaded google chrome and it looked fine. Please let me know if anyone else is having issues with the site. Thanks!

March 19, 2009   3 Comments


Pecha Kucha NY #6 is happening next Monday! I would highly encourage anyone in the area to attend. Origianlly initiated by Tokyo-based architects Klein Dytham, Pecha Kucha invites notable presenters to speak for a total of 6 min 40 sec (20 images x 20 seconds) about their work to a diverse group of audinece members. Of particular interest to me this time are Swissmiss and DJ Spooky.

March 19, 2009   Comments Off

Bob Foundation’s home inspiration

One of my favorite design shops, Bob Foundation (I always get a kick out of the name too), is in the current issue of Figaro Japon. They’re sharing some unique organization tips to give your personal space a little more oomph.

Create your own cup-dryer using twigs.
Create a mini-museum using all those chotchkies that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away.
Make a mobile out of old letters and stationary.
Instead of piling old books in a corner, create sculptures.


March 18, 2009   Comments Off


Holy hallucinatory awesomeness! Comic book author and visual artist (only in Japan do those 2 disciplines intersect) Katsuki Tanaka’s experimental film AltoVision was just released on Blue-ray. But you can watch a short segment on the website! I recommend full-screen, speakers turned up, the works. It’s quite an experience.

The film boasts some raving reviews by actor and overseas heartthrob Tadanobu Asano, as well as Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi.

Thanks Mayu!

March 17, 2009   Comments Off