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Kiyoshi Awazu's Influence: A Look at Film Quarterly Covers (1968-1972)

June 20, 2023 in Photography & Visuals by Charlotte Sinclair

Kiyoshi Awazu, a renowned Japanese designer and artist, left an indelible mark on various forms of visual art, from graphic design to architecture and movie production. One of his noteworthy contributions was his design for the covers of Film Quarterly, a film journal, from 1968 to 1972.

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Globe-Trotter's Sweet Tribute: Winnie the Pooh Luggage Collection Celebrates Disney's Centennial

June 23, 2023 in Design & Décor by Julian Everett

Globe-Trotter, the British luxury luggage company, has unveiled a collection specially designed for the Japanese market, paying tribute to a beloved childhood icon. The launch coincides with Disney's 100-year anniversary and features the whimsical charm of none other than Winnie the Pooh.

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Chi Hitotsumatsu: The Art of Crafting Realistic Animal Sculptures from Recycled Newspaper

June 28, 2023 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

Renowned for her commitment to environmental sustainability, Japanese artist Chi Hitotsumatsu repurposes discarded newspapers into remarkably realistic life-size animal sculptures. The artist follows a meticulous process of wetting the newspaper, twisting it, and then carefully sculpting it to capture the details of her subjects, from their overall form down to their fur or scales.

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Serge Lutens: Photographer, Filmmaker, Designer, and Perfumer Transforming Aesthetics

June 30, 2023 in Photography & Visuals by Charlotte Sinclair

Serge Lutens, the French photographer, filmmaker, designer, and perfumer, has an artistic career marked by innovation and transformation. He is celebrated for his eponymous perfume brand and for creating an iconic advertising campaign for the Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido during the 1980s.

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Dior Announces Multisensory Pop-Up for Denim Tears Collaboration

July 7, 2023 in Photography & Visuals by Charlotte Sinclair

Dior has announced a unique multisensory pop-up experience to promote their collaboration with Denim Tears. The fashion house has enlisted the creative prowess of Makoto Azuma, a celebrated Japanese floral artist, to design a massive inflatable installation.

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Tiffany & Co.'s Renovated Flagship Store in Tokyo: A Blend of Elegance and Art

July 11, 2023 in Design & Décor by Charlotte Sinclair

Tiffany & Co. has recently unveiled its renovated flagship store in Tokyo, Japan, offering an immersive and lavish shopping experience for its clientele. Renowned architect Kengo Kuma and acclaimed artist Damien Hirst collaborated on this project, infusing their unique artistic touch into the heart of the luxury jewelry brand's store.

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Cristian Marianciuc: A Modern Master of Origami

July 11, 2023 in Arts & Culture by Charlotte Sinclair

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, has found a modern master in Cristian Marianciuc, a Romanian-born artist who currently resides in Australia. Having undertaken a course in Japanese culture during his studies in Sydney, Marianciuc became captivated by the intricate art of origami.

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Cospa to Release Shiba Inu Sukajan Inspired by Anime

July 16, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

This September, the Japanese company Cospa is set to release a Sukajan featuring a Shiba Inu, inspired by the anime Sekai no Owari ni Shiba Inu to ("At the End of the World with a Shiba Inu"). This jacket is designed for both boys and girls, although one might assume it primarily appeals to the latter.

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Takenoko: The Delicate Flavors of Japanese Spring Cuisine

July 18, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Takenoko, the young bamboo shoots that just sprouted from the ground, is a traditional dish of the Japanese spring cuisine. Initially covered with brown leaves that are removed during cooking, what remains is a fresh spring vegetable, rich in vitamins and fiber. The shoots are harvested while they're still small, before they fully harden.

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Kiyomi, the Japanese Artist Breathing Life into Vintage Miniatures

July 26, 2023 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

Japanese artist Kiyomi is reshaping the landscape of miniature art with her meticulously crafted vintage-style dollhouse roomboxes and accessories. This isn't your typical dollhouse furniture assembly – Kiyomi's creations are bursting with personality, rich detail, and an almost tangible sense of history.

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Stein's SS'24 Collection: A Fusion of Urban Fashion and Ingenuity

July 27, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

Meet Stein, a compelling Japanese brand making waves with its SS'24 collection. At the helm is Kiichiro Asakawa, a designer known for his experimental flair, deep appreciation for urban fashion, and fervor for the nuances of design. With each collection, he immerses himself fully in the process, meticulously crafting each piece until it's nothing short of perfect.

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Levi's Unveils Collaboration with Studio Ghibli, Celebrating "Princess Mononoke"

July 29, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

Following in the footsteps of Loewe and Uniqlo, Levi's has teamed up with renowned Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli for a special collaboration. This time, the inspiration comes from Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed film, "Princess Mononoke".

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Flagship Isabel Marant Boutique in Tokyo Features a Volcanic Facade by Artist Yutaka Sone

Aug. 28, 2023 in Design & Décor by Julian Everett

Isabel Marant's new flagship boutique in Tokyo is a work of art, quite literally. The brand has collaborated with renowned Japanese artist Yutaka Sone, who designed the store's eye-catching facade made from volcanic rock. Painted in vibrant yellow, the rugged, organic forms of the facade seem to burst forth from the urban landscape like a sudden cave or a melting slab of butter.

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Unexpected Fusion: Repetto x Noir Kei Ninomiya Drop A Punk-Inspired Ballet Flat Collection on Mytheresa

Aug. 29, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

In a world where the unexpected often becomes the most talked-about, the new collaboration between Repetto, the epitome of French classicism in ballet footwear, and Noir Kei Ninomiya, a Japanese brand curated by Rei Kawakubo, is stealing the spotlight. The collaboration has premiered on luxury fashion retailer Mytheresa and it's already creating a stir in fashion circles.

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The Miniature Worlds of Tatsuya Tanaka: A Glimpse into Everyday Magic

Sept. 4, 2023 in Photography & Visuals by Julian Everett

Tatsuya Tanaka, born in 1981 in Nagano, Japan, has been captivating audiences worldwide with his unique approach to photography since he began his career in 2003. Best known for his miniature photos, Tanaka takes ordinary objects and puts them in extraordinary settings.

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Yurie Nagashima's Photography: A Provocative Portrait of Japanese Society

Sept. 24, 2023 in Photography & Visuals by Charlotte Sinclair

Japanese photographer Yurie Nagashima paints a bold portrait of her country’s society through her sometimes provocative, always insightful, photographs. Known for her unflinching and intimate gaze, she tests the waters of public opinion in Japan on themes of impropriety and censorship.

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Kintsugi: Embracing Imperfections with the Art of Golden Repair

Feb. 4, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Charlotte Sinclair

Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is a poignant and beautiful form of Japanese art that goes beyond mere ceramic repair. This centuries-old technique involves mending broken pottery with lacquer derived from the sap of the urushi tree, which is then mixed with precious metals such as gold, silver, or platinum. However, Kintsugi is much more than a method of restoration; it's a profound philosophical statement about life, resilience, and beauty.

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Diving into Luxury: Jennifer Lopez Ignites the Grand Opening of Dubai's Architectural Marvel, One&Only One Za'abeel

Feb. 16, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

It's been a year since the lavish curtains were drawn at the One&Only One Za'abeel in Dubai, an event that was nothing short of a spectacle, graced by the sensational Jennifer Lopez. The grandeur of the opening set the stage for what has become not just a hotel, but a landmark of luxury and architectural innovation in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring Hong Kong: Where Tradition Meets Modern Luxury

March 17, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Hello, globetrotters! 🌍✈️ Are you ready for an adventure through the vibrant streets of Hong Kong? Grab your passports because I've got the perfect itinerary for you, mixing heritage, luxury, and gastronomy in one of Asia's most dynamic cities.

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