“Everyone says their products are ‘made in Japan,’ ” says Katsuhiko Nakano. “But it’s not really true. I doubt it.” An article for The Japan Times about who controls the meaning and history of leatherwork in Tokyo.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
A search for the most dangerous neighbourhood in Tokyo leads to the old run-down district of Kyojima. An article on dense, disaster-prone districts and the value of proximity for The Japan Times.
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.
An interview with Japanese graphic designer Atsuki Kikuchi (b. 1974) about Japan in the 1990s, splitting meaning from form, and abrupt cultural change. Photographs by Taro Hirano, for Apartamento Issue 12.
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.
“There is meaning in bringing energy to something that already exists.” An article about Japan’s first festival of open factories, held in Tsubamesanjo, Niigata prefecture. For the Japan Times.
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.