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Nuno Designing Textiles for the 21st Century

In 1984, Reiko Sudo co-founded Nuno Corporation with Junichi Arai, specializing in the design, production and sale of functional, innovative fabrics. She is Nuno’s director and principal designer. Nuno’s works are in numerous permanent museum collections throughout the world, including a couple of dozen at New York’s MOMA. Inspired by the look of rubber bands on a magazine in a sunny window, Nuno devised a process using resin dyed to...

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Amy Katoh Celebrating Found Japan

When I first arrived here in Japan in 1971, many traditional skills and crafts had already been lost. It seemed that most Japanese simply did not appreciate the genius of their own culture. Over time, however, I have been watching a gradual turnaround in awareness. One person who not only has been watching Japan longer than me, but has actually been participating in the turnaround is Amy Katoh, a cultural explorer in Tokyo since her...

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An Ordinary Day in Paradise – Tokyo post-tsunami

Visiting friends from the U.S. are looking for handmade Japanese mulberry washi for gift wrapping. We begin the day at Ozu Paper in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district. My friends had anticipated a five-minute shopping stop before they realized that washi comes in hundreds of different textures, colors, weights and styles. After about an hour, they settle on enough paper to insure striking and sumptuous-looking gifts for a long time to come....

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Tokyo is back!  (Kyoto never left)

Tokyo is back! (Kyoto never left)

Steve here: Two months ago, the US Government announced that there are no significant risks to US citizens outside of the nuclear power plant area. Yet foreign tourism has Japan dropped by 90% and continues to be low, reflecting fears that the nation is significantly destroyed and covered in radiation. While tragic indeed, the facts are that Japan is larger than Great Britain and the largely rural tsunami area is far from where most...

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A Hotel Reincarnates in Tokyo

The Capitol Tokyu Hotel, a mid-range hotel in Tokyo’s exiting Akasaka district that was torn down about 7 years ago, has re-emerged with a stunning new building designed by super star architect Kengo Kuma (Nezu Museum, Hotaru Machi, One Omotesando, and Midtown Suntory Museum.) About ten years ago, the Japanese finally stopped building European look-alike hotels with French provincial furniture and chandeliers. In addition, this new...

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