May 21, 2013
What is design? If you have ever pondered that question, the “Design Ah!” Exhibition now showing at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT facility in the Tokyo Midtown complex in Tokyo's...
March 07, 2013
OSAKA--Plain and utilitarian to many people, to one enthusiast the offertory boxes at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are exquisite works of art.
February 05, 2013
Designer Oki Sato loves routine: the same kinds of clothes every day, the same tempura-and-soba dish at his favorite restaurant, and the same order of cappuccino whenever he...
January 14, 2013
SENDAI--Decorated with images of waterfalls and Chinese lions, Sendai tansu were originally built to serve the samurai class of the Sendai domain.
October 12, 2012
Mention Kyoto crafts, and finely dyed kimono fabrics, paper fans and folding screens might flash in most people’s minds. But at Kyoto Cool, such crafts include a red electric ...
September 03, 2012
OSAKA--When Miyuki Nishizawa dresses up for a night out, she literally wears the news.
July 08, 2012
This spring, the U.S. office furniture giant Steelcase Inc. announced it would be strengthening its presence in Japan. With the spread of mobile devices, offices are changing,...
May 10, 2012
Inspiration comes to Keiko Otsuhata in the most unlikely places.
February 20, 2012
If the Eiffel Tower has inspired many a perfume maker to design bottles after the iconic Paris landmark, then why not a motif featuring Japan's tallest free-standing structure?
February 17, 2012
TAKAYAMA, Gifu Prefecture--While the rest of Japan shivers, the cold snap has come as a blessing to makers of traditional fabrics in this city in the Japanese Alps.
February 03, 2012
KYOTO--Creating an icon of an idol is never an easy task--the slightest details are scrutinized by fans--let alone trying to create 48 of them.
January 30, 2012
When Yoshina Takenaga discovered that elderly folk in the Tokuji district of Yamaguchi in this southernmost prefecture on the Honshu main island were discarding elegant, but...
January 29, 2012
For Yoshimi Aoki, traditional calligraphy has no place in her home.
November 07, 2011
Making the ultimate sacrifice of their bodies, four employees of the Japanese toilet company Toto Kiki Ltd., the forerunner of Toto Ltd., put themselves on the line in a...
October 24, 2011
The cellphone network NTT DoCoMo Inc. is already looking forward to some Valentine's Day loving from consumers with plans to offer a chocolate bar-shaped smartphone in February.
October 19, 2011
Peach Aviation announced on Oct. 19 that the paint design on its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, has been completed at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.
October 15, 2011
From texting to tweets and whatever next. Correspondence sure is getting shorter. Yet believe it or not, there are still people who prefer to give and receive the old fashioned ...
October 15, 2011
Cellphone carrier eAccess Ltd. will release the super-small Sony Ericsson mini (S51SE) smartphone on Oct. 28.
October 13, 2011
BEIJING -- Nissan Motor Co. has opened a new China-based design studio that it hopes will produce cars for the mass-market within three years.
October 06, 2011
Tokyo Metro Co. unveiled its latest subway car on Oct. 5, a nostalgic nod to the early days of the underground rail network.