Ando Saeko, Japanese lacquer artist
Oct20

Ando Saeko, Japanese lacquer artist

Ando Saeko, Japanese lacquer artist Since relocating her studio from Hanoi to Hoi An in 2016, Saeko has been immersed in the energy of Nature which is ‘so powerful here that I have become just one of the creatures in the middle of it’. Vietnamese lacquer has long been the perfect material for her creative works. Its high transparency and glossiness naturally resembles water in living organisms. Using her experience and knowledge of...

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MATSURI SURPRISE
Oct19

MATSURI SURPRISE

Some work is infinitely more exciting than other jobs. Watanabe san, an enthusiastic and insistent customer at Blue & White urged us to take part in the Hatoyama Jinja/ Shrine market that he was helping to plan on the 15th and 16th of September. With scant enthusiasm, we agreed to bring Blue & White to the market. Hayasawa san, the unadventurous manager of Blue & White who luckily prefers to stay in the shop,...

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What’s black and white???
Oct16

What’s black and white???

by Gail Rieke White turns to black/ black turns to white The Japanese design concept of Notan is the balance between light and dark elements. Adachi Garden in Yasugi It demonstrates the idea that the image and the ground or the positive and the negative spaces are of equal importance   Toji Pagoda in Kyoto It uses flat shapes to create a dramatic image that is easily comprehended and remembered.   Kura (storehouse) in Kurashiki It...

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Jimbocho Den Part.1
Oct03

Jimbocho Den Part.1

Jimbocho Den: Dishes Without Rules…Part I Much has been written about restaurant Jimbocho Den since its 2007 opening by chef-owner Zaiyu Hasegawa, then a 29-year-old unknown. Today, he is no longer unknown. Den is almost always on the must-dine list of those passionate about Japanese cuisine, both from Japan and abroad. In addition to being awarded two Michelin stars, it has also garnered a coveted spot on the World’s 50 Best...

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Buaiso: Four Young Guys – A New Generation of Indigo Dyers
Sep23

Buaiso: Four Young Guys – A New Generation of Indigo Dyers

Buaiso Indigo by Matt Gross from AirBnB Magazine. Introduction by Mora Chartrand Main Article: Buaiso Indigo from AirBnB magazine, written by Matt Gross If there is one color that epitomizes Japan for me, it is indigo — deep, mystical, midnight blue. The oldest evidence tells us that indigo dyeing first appeared in Japan in the 10th century. Though the following article refers to Indigo dying as a “lost art”, I think “shrunken...

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The Cat and the Mouse
Sep20

The Cat and the Mouse

by devapnek I knew we were in for a visual fest last spring, when we received an invitation to join our friend Masa to visit a temple and garden that is only open to the public for a short time in the spring and autumn. I didn’t know that the visit would prompt a spontaneous game of cat and mouse. Japanese maples surrounding the bell tower It had been a glorious few weeks. A streak of fine weather prolonged sakura season and the...

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