Founded in 2007, Spoon & Tamago is an international blog that is based out of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by artist and writer Johnny Waldman, who grew up in Japan. Using our unique background and international perspective, Spoon & Tamago attempts to comprehensively cover all aspects of Japanese design from fine art and architecture to product and graphic design with an emphasis on authentically communicating Japanese arts & crafts to the world.

10 years of writing about Japan

In 2017 we celebrated our 10-year anniversary. And to commemorate, we produced a short video that tells our story in a nutshell. You can watch it below (there’s also a Japanese version):



Johnny was born in Brooklyn but moved to Tokyo a year later. He spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in Tokyo where his parents taught English. He returned, for the first time, to the United States to attend college where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Education and his BFA in Art and Visual Technology. He also completed intensive studies in art history. He is currently based in Brooklyn but travels frequently to Tokyo.

TOMOMI | 主婦、時々職人

As co-founder of Spoon & Tamago, Tomomi manages everything that goes on behind the scenes of the blog and shop.

In 2010 Tomomi launched the Spoon & Tamago clothing line for kids. In her spare time she also posts pictures of our cats.


Kushal is an architect who loves Japanese design. He grew up in Mumbai and moved to Tokyo after college to pursue his passion. He has worked on projects across Asia and has cultivated a nuanced understanding of how cultural context shapes design. Drawing upon his multicultural perspective, he seeks to share the unique and unconventional facets of Japanese design with fellow enthusiasts.


Masako is a NY-based art enthusiast and
Co-founder of web3&art company ONBD.
All of our studio visits happen because of her excellent networking skills.

What’s In A Name?

The origins of Spoon & Tamago can be traced back to an online personality test taken in the early 2000s that likened Johnny and his future wife Tomomi to an egg (tamago) and a spoon, respectively. Liking the association (think egg and spoon race), the names were adopted and Spoon & Tamago was born as the couple’s online diary.  Over the years the site played many roles including artist portfolio, wedding blog and then baby blog.

In 2007, Johnny re-launched Spoon & Tamago as a design blog – a place to catalog all the cool and interesting things he was finding online.  But realizing that his voice belonged in the arena of Japan, he later shifted gears and began writing specifically about Japanese design.