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The New Good Design Store in Tokyo

Japan’s Good Design Awards have defined the aforementioned subject as “design which enriches life and society.” And the organization has been highlighting good design for almost 60 years since it was founded in 1957, resulting in an astounding 44,000 recognitions. Now – or rather, finally – the Good Design Awards have a physical location in Tokyo where visitors can see some of the nominees, together in a beautiful space.

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TRUNK: Tokyo’s Newest Boutique Hotel

Wrapped in a cool monotone facade and balanced out by natural touches of wood is a new boutique hotel that recently emerged in the heart of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. For those looking to take in the local culture of Shibuya, TRUNK (HOTEL) is the ideal location: slightly removed from the raucousness of Shibuya Station but well encompassed by everything the neighborhood has to offer.

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Imaginative Flower Vases Showcase the Beauty of Metal

In postwar Japan, numerous metal processing companies sprouted up in the port town of Yokohama. Their metal pipes, sheets, precision parts and torque hinges were the invisible backbones of industrial Japan, quietly but robustly supporting all types of industry. But metal isn’t only limited to industrial use. Its various properties, if harnessed properly, can be applied to all kinds of home and personal products. And to promote this idea, a consortium of metal companies in Yokohama teamed up to form Yokohama Makers Village.

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Playing Cards Illustrate What It’s Like to be Arrested in Japan

Getting arrested is a scary experience in every country, but perhaps even more so in Japan, where the conviction rate is over 99%. Last month, the Japanese government passed a new anti-terror conspiracy law that has drawn controversy among Japanese citizens who feel it is a threat to civil liberties and privacy. Artist Megumi Igarashi (pen name Rokudenashiko), famously arrested in 2014 on charges of obscenity for distributing 3D data of her genitals, is creating a set of playing cards that educate people about what it’s like to be arrested in Japan.

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Joint Chopsticks Inspired by Japanese Joinery Techniques

Product designer Yuma Kano and Japanese carpenter Katsuhisa Toda collaborated to create a series of chopsticks inspired by traditional wood joinery techniques.

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The Kaki Flower Vase Creates the Illusion of a Floating Flower

The Kaki Flower Vase was born from the simple idea of wanting to create a flower vase that could be attached to windows. But how do you create an object for a window without significantly obstructing the view? The result was a translucent sheet and bubble of water that creates the illusion of a levitating bouquet of flowers.

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Tatsuya Tanaka’s Miniature Wonders Coming to Print

For the past 7 years Tatsuya Tanaka has been creating miniature dioramas out of everyday objects one might find around the house. Paired with miniature figurines, his scenes dramatically and humorously come to life.

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MUJI Hotel Coming to Ginza in 2019

the facade of the planned MUJI Hotel in Ginza, opening Spring 2018

MUJI, our favorite minimal lifestyle retailer, announced plans to open Japan’s first MUJI Hotel in Ginza. The Hotel will be housed within a new building being jointly-developed by Mitsui Fudosan and Yomiuri Shimbun and will open in the Spring of 2019.

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Ukiyo-e Inspired Illustrations Capture the Relatable Moments of Modern Everyday Life

That disappointment when you spot a fancy cafe but it turns out to be a beauty salon.

A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pseudonym Yamada Zenjidou, creates these simple yet adorable illustrations that we can’t get enough of. Each are drawn in a style inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and feature an anachronistic setting: men and women seemingly from an ancient time, engaged in incredibly relatable moments of modern everyday life.

 

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Playful Stars & Stripes by Mizumaru Kawahara

You may have seen Japanese illustrator Mizumaru Kawahara and his comical-style illustrations on Japanese magazine covers, or illustrated film reviews. He also illustrated the book Young Adult U.S.A. and is a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan. So it was only appropriate that he created this adorable and playful tribute to the U.S.A on the 4th of July.

Happy Independence Day!

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