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Japanese Design: P&P Store / D47 Museum「47都道府県の地域問題から生まれた製品」

d47 MUSEUM, managed by D&DEPARTMENT , is holding “P&P STORE“, a pop-up store and exhibition showcasing the designs of artists and craftsmen from all 47 prefectures in Japan.

Due to natural catastrophes affecting different areas in Japan, craftsmen are facing new problems to continue with their traditional arts. To face this challenge, they have come up with different projects to solve their current situation.

Here are some designs and projects that caught my eye.


Flavour Green Tea, Blueberry and Figs Jams and Sake by  Ichihara ArtxMix (Japanese only) , Chiba Prefecture

Tea by Kusunoki Clean (Japanese only), Yamaguchi Prefecture


Paper “Kinokami” (literally “wood paper”) by PaPaCo Yoshino, Nara Prefecture. PaPaCo Yoshino produces  wood and paper goods with discarded Japanese Cedar and Cypress wood. Kinokami reuses thin timber material to create new materials from paper craft to origami papers and letter writing paper.

Paper cards, lamps and mobiles by Kamimino (Japanese only), Gifu Prefecture



Beautiful Cedar wood tumblers and plates from SHIZQ, Tokushima Prefecture. Their work is focused on finding better ways to utilise the discarded wood and revive the mountains and rivers in Kamiyama.

Wood chopsticks and card cases by Miemon, Mie Prefecture

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Yamamori Project, Yamagata Prefecture

“Coppa” wood houses and “Sugi” stool by Yamamori Project (Japanese only), Yamagata Prefecture

Wood toys by Teco LLC, Aomori Prefecture



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KIKOF, Shiga Prefecture

The tableware brand  KIKOF from Shiga Prefecture, started last Summer as part of Mother Lake Products Project. “KIKOF” beautiful pottery is jointly developed by Tokyo-based KIGI brand and artisans working in traditional crafts based around Lake Biwa (Shiga Prefecture).

Lotus Root inspired vases by U Tochigi Design, Tochigi Prefecture


Footwear made of Cypress wood by Rendez-vous Project, Shizuoka Prefecture

Aizu Cotton lunch bags by IIE (Japanese only), Fukushima Prefecture

Deer horn buttons, pendants and earrings by Ocica, Miyagi Prefecture. Ocica (“Oshika” means deer in Japanese) is jewellery handcrafted by women in a small fishermen village in Oshika Peninsula that was severely damaged by the tsunami in 2011. Products are made of deer horn and fishnet and shape like a  “Dream Catcher”.  In Japan, deer horn has been traditionally a symbol of life. Women in Oshika make these accessories, praying for their community and the disaster areas to be rebuilt, and for the happiness and dreams of all of you wearing and cherishing Ocica.


This free show should appeal to anyone who likes product design. Also perfect to get cool souvenirs to bring back home!

I’d like to thank D47 MUSEUM’s staff that kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful Museum… ありがとうございます!!

Shibuya Hikarie 8F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Direct access from JR Shibuya Station. Exhibition Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Admission 19:30). ENDS on February 15, 2015

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. However, be sure to confirm all details directly with the D47 Museum website here before planning your visit.

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!  Cover photo by D47 Museum (All credits go to them)


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