Tag Archives: Design

Fun Link Friday: Modern Japanese Crests

Here’s a fun link I stashed away since earlier this year: Japanese family crests, or kamon have been embedded in all kinds of items since premodern times, from ceramics and kimono to castles. These days, you might find them most often on samurai … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese Railway Tourism Posters from the 1930s

The nephew of an antique-shop owner discovered a collection of gorgeous Japan Rail tourism posters from the ’30s. Now restored, all 15 posters will be auctioned off on Heritage on March 22. The design is reminiscent both of hanga and … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Map Design by Yoshida Hatsusaburo

Spoon & Tamago has a feature on the cartographer Yoshida Hatsusaburo (1884-1955) and his gorgeous, detailed maps. I love the Taisho- and early Showa-era design work on these, and how much they look like real towns instead of a contemporary … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Noramoji

Today’s funk link is Noramoji, a new design project to preserve store-front fonts in Japan. Johnny writes on Spoon & Tamago‘s coverage of the project, These Japanese fonts won’t be found in textbooks or typography journals. You have to go … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Bilingual Project Assistant, Niseko Alpine Developments [NISADE] [Sapporo]

Via JETWit.com. Position: Bilingual Project Assistant Posted by: Niseko Alpine Developments [NISADE] Location: Sapporo Start Date: N/A Posted Aug. 5, 2013 Overview: Niseko Alpine Developments [NISADE] is the largest fully integrated property specialist delivering design, construction and hotel operations for luxury accommodation in Niseko. … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: 20 Years of Docomo Cell Phone Design

NTT Docomo, one of Japan’s big-three cell-phone providers, recently showcased all the models of its cell phones dating back to 1987 at Tokyo Design Week 2012. DesignBoom’s coverage of the event, “Evolution of the Mobile Phone by Docomo,” includes photos of … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Designer Nori

After the destruction the earthquake and tsunami caused in Tohoku in March 2011, Miyagi-based seaweed shop owner Umino Hiroyuki got creative, asking Tokyo advertising agency I&S BDDO to help him create an online campaign to rebuild their business.  In the … Continue reading

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Blog Review: Spoon & Tamago

As someone who works for an art magazine, I try to keep abreast of the latest in Japanese design. One website that I am particularly fond of is Spoon & Tamago. Created by husband-wife team Johnny (Tamago) and Tomomi (Spoon), this … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Apple Stencils

It’s autumn in Japan, which means the apple crop is in! The large size of Japanese apples is famous among those who have lived here, but how many of you have seen a designer apple? About four years ago, there … Continue reading

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Fun Link(s) Friday: Halloween Bento Roundup 2012

Add a bit of spooky fun to your lunch this October with some of these Halloween-themed bentos from around the web! Neatorama has two collections of Halloween bento this year: “Delightful Halloween Bento Boxes” and “More Halloween Bento Boxes.” Wendy … Continue reading

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