Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the magazine, we only set up our magazine a short while ago and it has been an amazing experience until now. As such we really hope all of our readers have enjoyed reading our […]

Interview with Hiroko Nakajima – Knitwear Designer educated in London

By Mike Sullivan Hiroko Nakajima is originally from Tokyo and has been educated in London with a BA and a MA from Central Saint Martins University in central London. For several years now she has been presenting amazing collections which need to be seen as they simply can’t be described. In 2012 she had a […]

Gosho Ningyo Dolls (Palace Dolls) – 1200 years of Japanese History

By Itske Stern, edited by Michael Sullivan Gosho ningyo [御所人形] or palace dolls, have been around since the Heian era (794-1192). They were used to celebrate many events, such as the birth of first born sons and other events that were important. Starting in the eighteenth century, the Imperial Court of Kyoto gave these dolls […]

Interview with Aya Inoue – Kichijitsu Brand Designer

By Saneyuki Owada, edited by Mike Sullivan The Omamori Pokke is a clever twist on the traditional Japanese Omamori amulet, it is just one of the products that have appeared under the direction of the Kichijitsu designer, Aya Inoue. She studied at Tokyo Zokei University, which consists of two schools, Design and Fine Arts, and […]

Sendai Tansu – Traditional and Cultural Furniture

By Mike Sullivan It is, quite frankly, a piece of furniture which you might never see, in terms of luxury it is of a particularly high standard and requires a lot of saving to be able to afford one. The Sendai tansu are prized as antiques for collectors, but are also available for sale by […]

Kokeshi Dolls – Naruko Style

By Mike Sullivan Beautiful Kokeshi dolls have been around for hundreds of years, originally they were made for children to play with but now they have become an adored collector’s item. They first started making dolls in the north of Japan in the seventeenth century; in places like Miyagi prefecture there are beautiful mountains with […]

A piece of cloth × ideas = Furoshiki

By Saeko Hosokawa Today Japanese traditional culture in the form of Kimonos or Origami is well known in the world. What kind of “art” can you see in that kind of culture? I think it is the idea that changes a plain surface to an object with three dimensions. This time I would like to […]

Shunga Exhibition – British Museum London

By Ramata Cisse Last week, thanks to Japan Centre, I was lucky enough to attend a lecture at the British Museum: Shunga into Manga.  The lecture was quite short, and seemed to be over in an instant, but was packed full with many different themes and topics on the subject of shunga. Kitagawa Utamaro (d. […]

Omamori Pokke – A New Take on Traditional Japanese Amulets

By Mike Sullivan The Omamori amulets of Japan developed from the basic needs of people who sought safety and protection, just like for many years Christians would grasp their bibles or Native American Indians would rely on their animal spirit guides. An Omamori amulet consists of a small paper or cloth which has the name […]