Interview with Nao Fukumoto O’Neill – Textile Artisan who Studied at the Okinawan Art and Design University

By Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. I was born in Japan and went to study weaving at the Okinawan prefecture of Art and Design University where I graduated with a MA in woven textile in 2006. As part of the course I was given the chance to study textiles in Britain for […]

Interview with Mayu Ueno – Textile Artisan in Fukuoka

By Mike Sullivan (translation by Saneyuki Owada and Mike Sullivan) Please note that an obi is the sash which is wrapped around the waist when wearing a kimono. Hakata Ori is a weaving technique with a history spanning over 700 years in Japan. Please introduce yourself and your background. I make Hakata Ori (Hakata folk […]

Interview with Yuki Kobayashi – Textile Designer and Artisan from Shizuoka Prefecture

Interview and translation by Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. My name is Yuki Kobayashi and my profession is dyeing and weaving. In my family there are many people who work in the business of the arts and crafts; due to these circumstances I had many chances to touch the world of patterns […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]