Tokyo’s manufactured objects #1: A metal dish

Masuko Unayama inside Syuro, her store in east Tokyo. http://www.syuro.info.

“I don’t tell them what they’re doing is wrong,” says Unayama of the craftspeople she deals with. “I try to make them feel that they could change their work to fit in with a different lifestyle.” An article about a metal key tray and those who are negotiating its value for The Japan Times.

Doge

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Photographs of a Shiba Inu dog named Kabosu whose portrait is used in the ‘Doge’ Meme and the cryptocurrency ‘Dogecoin’. Shot in Chiba, west of Tokyo, for The Verge’s feature on Doge written by Kyle Chaka.

Tokyo’s Resilience: Preparing for a 10,000 year flood

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“To protect itself from a 10,000 year flood the city is effectively building a small mountain along the Arakawa, a river running right through the heart of the world’s largest city.” An article about super-levee’s in Tokyo for the ‘Resilient Cities’ project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Kenya Hara: Into a shifting landscape

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“I don’t believe cities are created by great urban designers,” Hara says. “Cities are made by the desires of people.” An interview with Kenya Hara — design theorist, art-director of Muji and director at Nippon Design Center — for The Japan Times.

‘The Other’ for Via Snella

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Text to accompany ‘The Other’ collection for Lina Zedig’s label Via Snella, based in Stockholm. The collection features a run of paired garments produced by a small wool factory in Estonia.

Photographs of Tokeji Temple for Ecocolo

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Photographs of Temple Food made at Tokeji, a temple in Kamakura founded in 1285 for abused wives. It was one of the few places where a woman could legally divorce her husband. Shot for Ecocolo Magazine Volume 66.

Japan Times: The experience of media in art

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A flailing grab for quick contemporary currency by showing the “virtual art” of the “post-Internet age,” or something more difficult? Review for Japan Times of ‘Being-in-the-Wired-World’ at Kawasaki City Museum.