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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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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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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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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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Celebrating the Legacy of Kyoko Okazaki: Pioneer of Modern Manga

May 7, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

Kyoko Okazaki, a seminal figure in the world of Japanese manga, has left an indelible mark on the industry with her bold and transformative works. Emerging in the mid-1980s, Okazaki carved out a niche for herself by publishing in a variety of manga magazines, ranging from seinen to josei and even fashion-oriented publications. Over the course of her career, she released about 20 volumes of manga, with titles such as Pink (1989), River's Edge (1993-1994), and Helter Skelter (1995) standing out as cultural milestones.

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Online Ticket Sales for Mount Fuji to Start May 20

May 13, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

In a move to better manage tourism and preserve the environment, the Japanese authorities have announced that tickets to hike Mount Fuji will be available online starting May 20. This decision comes after a year of discussions about introducing a hiking fee for accessing Japan's most iconic peak.

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ASICS and HAY Collaboration Sneakers Now Available in Copenhagen

June 13, 2024 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

The much-anticipated ASICS and HAY collaboration sneakers have officially hit the shelves at Copenhagen's Hay House. This unique collection, overseen by HAY Accessories Creative Director Mette Hay, brings a fresh twist to a classic ASICS model from the Japanese brand's archives.

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Takato Yamamoto: The Iconic Japanese Fantasy and Romance Illustrator

June 18, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Charlotte Sinclair

Takato Yamamoto, a celebrated Japanese artist and illustrator, has garnered a cult following for his evocative and intricate artwork. Known for his compelling themes of fantasy, romance, and erotica, Yamamoto's work has captivated audiences worldwide.

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Luxurious Seven Stars Train in Japan Rivals the Orient Express

June 19, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

The Seven Stars train, traversing the picturesque island of Kyushu, Japan, stands as a worthy competitor to the iconic Orient Express. This luxurious train doesn't merely match the famed historical train in comfort; it arguably surpasses it.

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