Activity for children / Artist / Country side / Designer / Life / People / Tohoku / Uncategorized

University Contributes Local People 大学が地元の人に貢献する

I graduated from this university,Tohoku University of Art and Design. When I was a student, the school had founded only for three years and facility and system was not enough for students. Then, the uni seems change a lot now, they open many event for local people, collaborate with big corporations or have activities for … Continue reading

Food / Japanese Culture / Manner / People / Tea / Tradition

Cherry Blossom Viewing Manners 花見のマナー

This is cherry blossom season in Japan.  Cherry Blossom Viewing in Tokyo I found an interesting Japanese article that is talking about manners and ideas for enjoying Hanami, cherry blossom viewing. ■A place taking should be smart! Everybody wants to take good place, but it is silly to take the space larger than required. ■Consideration to … Continue reading

Japanese Culture / People / Tokyo / Tradition / Travel

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Tokyo 東京の花見

Japan is cherry blossom season now. My family called me last night and talked about they enjoyed Hanami, cherry blossom viewing, in Tokyo. I remember when I worked in Tokyo, I and co-workers enjoyed Hanami a lot in this season. It’s beautiful memory in Japan. I would like to introduce the best Hanami place in … Continue reading

Activity for children / Artist / Character / Country side / Designer / Japanese Culture / People / Tohoku

Holding Hands Project てをつなごうプロジェクト

It’s a dream project! All international popular characters, Doraemon, Miffy, Pingu, Pikachu and Elmo are holding hands and they are encouraging for victims from earthquake disaster. Unfortunately, Hello Kitty seems doesn’t appear in this project. “We are holding our hands hoping to deliver smile to everyone in Japan from small children to all the grownups … Continue reading

Country side / Crafts / Japanese Culture / Life / People / Product / Tohoku / Tradition

Project by Women Who Stepped Forward 前に踏み出した女性達によるプロジェクト

Local community in Tohoku start projects with local people to revive in damaged area. “Hand Cream from Damaged Area 被災地からのハンドクリーム” Otsuchi-cho, city , small Sanriku city located in the southern part of coast of Iwate prefecture, suffered serious damage by earthquake and tsunami. (photo by Youko Itou) Most are forced to life in temporary housing. As … Continue reading

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New Product Idea from Traditional Japanese Paper 伝統の和紙から新しい商品のアイデア

This paper sake bottle is made by Mashiko Endo, Shiraishi Japanese paper studio in Miyagi prefecture and the technology use from “Koboshi”,paper doll, making in Aizu Wakamatsu in Hukushima prefecture. Both area are damaged from big earthquake in 2011. It’s totally water proof. also it’s good to use as flower vase! (contents and image from … Continue reading

Artist / Crafts / Design / Designer / Japanese Culture / People / Tradition / Uncategorized

Unique Designed Product “Ichi-Goh” Cup  ユニークなデザイン ”一合” カップ

I’d like to introduce a design from my friend Satoshi Takaoka. He named it “Ichi-Goh (一合) Cup”.  The cup blends traditional Japanese forms with a modern style. The word Go “合” refers to a traditional Japanese unit of measurement for volumes. 1 go ~= 0.18039 litres (180.39ml) Takaoka describes his product concept: “The unit Go … Continue reading