Nippon Vision 4

Have you ever wished that someone would put together a “best of” exhibition of Japanese design? I know I have and now I know someone was listening. Nippon Vision 4, which opens April 6th at Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, survey’s all 47 prefectures in Japan, carefully selecting designs that were hand-crafted in that prefecture and sourced from local materials.

The theme of the show is 4, which indicates the 4 major categories of design that will be of central focus: accessories, clothing, food and home.

Broom and dustbin from Kumamoto.
Designed by Toshinobu Takamitsu of Open Studio.

Hat tip to Kenmei Nagaoka of D&Department, who did a fantastic job curating the show. These are a few of our picks but be sure to check out their beautiful website for the full lineup.

Brass pot rests from Toyama.
Produced by Futagami and designed by Masanori Oji.

Ring Ultra and Earrings Leaf from Aichi.
They were made from heat-resistant glass such as what’s used to make test-tubes.
Designed by Yoko Yano.

Kitchen scissors from Hyogo
Hand-crafted by TAjiKA, a group of artisans who have passed down the art of scissor-making for 4 generations.

Tea Caddy from Kyoto
Made by Kaikado, who has been making tin canisters since 1875.

Nippon Vision 4
Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, 6th floor (Gmap)
4.6.2011 – 4.11
10:00am – 8:00pm (closes at 4pm on final day)


  1. Wow, we’re pretty on top of it! 🙂

  2. You guys stock most of this stuff don’t you?

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