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Sumi-e Class in Toyokuni Atelier Studio 「水墨画 at 豊國アトリエ / 神田神保町」

One of my dearest friends in Tokyo invited me to a Sumi-e class in well-known Toyokuni Atelier Studio, in Jimbocho. Sumi-e is a traditional Japanese ink painting technique, which is based on using a brush, black ink and washi paper.  Sumi-e artists spend years practicing basic brush strokes to refine their brush movement and ink flow. One single stroke can produce beautiful tones from deep black to silver-ish grey. Sumi-e painting has a Zen nature so it’s considered not only an art but also a discipline. It involves a lot of concentration and awareness of every action. It is said that goal of Sumi-e is not to capture the likeliness of the subject but to capture its essence.  (Below Honda Toyokuni’s artworks) Toyokuni Atelier Studio offers lessons to students of all levels.  Needless to say, we were placed at the beginner class and Yuta-san was in charge of  us that day, since sumi-e master (his dad) Honda Toyokuni was not available. Ink brushes are similar to the brushes use for calligraphy and are traditionally made from bamboo with goat, cattle, horse, sheep, rabbit, deer, boar and wolf hair. These brush hairs are then tapered to a fine point. It is also …

Aoyama Farmers’ Market: Nordic Lifestyle Market, A Quiet Day 「ファーマーズマーケット Nordic Lifestyle Market一同/青山」

Aoyama Farmers’ Market is one of Tokyo’s longest-running and best-attended markets in town.  Every Saturday and Sunday, you can find the market in front of the UNU university’s headquarters. The farmers themselves man their stalls selling organic and local fruits and veggies. You can also find a wide range of other goods such as honey, oils, spices and pastries. And last weekend, you could also enjoy the lovely fair “Nordic Lifestyle Market – a quiet day”. There were a lot of stalls to check out and here are some of my choices… Fikafabriken is the brainchild of Ai Sekiguchi. Ai-san studied in Sweden and she is fascinated with the Scandinavian sweets and the culture of “Fika“. Fika is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee“, often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches. Her stand was so cute fill with delicious Swedish Christmas cookies. Order her cookies and have a taste of Sweden! Check Ai’s cookies HERE Russell Jokella, is a wood worker currently living in Japan. He mostly creates order made furniture but every year he also designs these beautiful Christmas trees. He mixes several kinds of natural wood, with different …

Tenoha Daikanyama 「テノハ ダイカンヤマ / 代官山」

Tenoha Daikanyama, is a very cool complex in the heart of Daikanyama.  The building includes a few choices for the visitors:  Bondolfi Boncaffe, a lovely Italian cafe that serves espresso and Italian sweets during the day before turning into a comfy bar at night. &Style Restaurant, a spacious and casual Italian restaurant with a lively open kitchen and &Style Store, a wonderful lifestyle store offering furniture, lighting, art, home decor, gifts, and lifestyle products. So many lovely things in &Style Store… you won’t leave empty-handed!   So if you’re in the neighbourhood, go have a look at Tenoha. You’ll probably love it.   I’d like to thank Tenoha Daikanyama’ s staff who kindly let me shoot their lovely building… ありがとうございます!! How to get there? (Map Via Tenoha)   Tenoha Daikanyama  Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Daikanyamacho 20-23 TENOHA Daikanyama, Official Website HERE, Follow HERE 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!  

Tokyo Design Week 2015: Interior Design「 東京デザイナーズウィーク 2015 / インテリア・デザイン」

The works I selected for Interior Design, were featured in different halls: from the professionals area to “Asia Awards”,  “100 Creators Exhibition”,  “Creative Life”, and last but not least, “CREEMA” the hand-made market.   Works were exhibited in different categories from product, interior and art to graphic and fashion. Truetea, a Taiwanese design studio. The designers say “Tea is a beverage that is consumed in the world. This is a custom to share in all cultures. TrueTea will revive the nature and art of tea, to apply the modern oriental way of thinking on the design of the tea set.” Below personal tea/sake cups with their individual acorn-shaped pouches to carry them around. “Haori Cup” by Tomoya Nasuda, is a Japanese bend wood drink wear that merges two Japanese traditional crafts: “Hasami Yaki” (pure white porcelain from Nagasaki Prefecture) and “Hakata Magemono” (wooden craftwork of Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture) to make it possible. “Thread Processing” by Taiwanese designer Hao Yu, Yeh. His works combine yarn for main material and bring out warmth by their delicate texture. Cool coffee shops and rest areas inside the Halls “Andon” by Masato …

Log Road Daikanyama 「ログロード / 代 官山」

Log Road is the latest addition to Daikanyama. Far from the typical mall constructions that are all over Tokyo, Log Road is a real cool place. For those who have been in New York “High Line” this might ring a bell. Located on the site where once the trains of the Toyoko Line used to run (very close to the current tracks near Daikanyama Station), Log Road nests a few Fred Segal stores, a Market, Camden’s Blue Donuts,  Spring Valley Brewery (Kirin’s brewery) and North California inspired restaurant Garden House Craft All of the stores/restaurants face this lovely lane with lots of greenery, terraces and inviting benches to enjoy your time there. 楽しい!!   How to get there? Log Road Daikanyama: 13 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Follow HERE   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!