D&DEPARTMENT, which I’ll refer to as D&D, is a unique Japanese company that’s taken on various forms over the years. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: their unwavering focus on long-life design. Established by Kenmei Nagaoka, a former colleague of graphic designer Kenya Hara, D&D was founded in response to the fast cycles of change in products around the world. It began as a 2nd-hand shop in the outskirts of Tokyo but has since grown to 11 outposts around Japan (as well as 1 in Korea and China) and has established themselves as purveyors of good, long-lasting design from all around Japan.
One initiative that D&D has embarked on is an ambitious series of guide books unlike any other that introduces Japan’s 47 prefectures through the perspective of long-lasting design. The editorial team spends two months literally immersed – living and traveling in each prefecture – searching for unique places to introduce. With the Iwate Issue, their latest, the guide book is now at 24 issues.
Their 8th issue is dedicated to Tokyo and we’re happy to be able to introduce a special collaboration between D&D and Link, a maker of contemporary furoshiki. The commemorative set is the perfect gift for anyone traveling to Tokyo, living in Tokyo or just generally enthusiastic about Tokyo. It includes a glow-in-the-dark Tokyo-themed furoshiki that can be used to wrap small items, as a fashion accessory or even hung as art. And it’s accompanied by a the Tokyo edition of D&D’s travel guide series. This bilingual travel guide will help you navigate the ins and outs of one of the most complex cities in the world.