Jul 08 2009: Hidden in the back streets of Tokyo lie secret treasures that even Tokyoites themselves barely know. Funky galleries, shops and event spaces showcasing up-and-coming Japanese creators and their works. This week, TokyoMade, enthusiastic supporters of independent Japan-based design and creation, take you on a tour to discover them.
Dec 02 2008: The Tokyo 135˚ shop is hidden away on the second floor in a small building on a back street of Harajuku. If you don’t know it is there, you’ll most probably never find it. You’d miss out on Harajuku’s best modern kimono shop.
Sep 18 2008: Walking into the tiny Wagado shop in Osaka’s Amerika Mura is like entering a cave made out of clothes. It is dark and there are clothes all over. On the walls, hanging from racks, and even hanging from the ceiling.
Jul 20 2008: Ever heard of Bedrock? No? Well, its only one of the coolest stores in Tokyo. There’s a rumor that it lies down a spiral staircase that can only be accessed through the back of a café at the lower end of Omotesando Hills…
Apr 14 2008: Soe (so-ee) can be spelt with the characters for “create” and “inclination”. So then it goes without saying that this menswear brand is a favorite among fashionably apt men around the cool area of Nakameguro and beyond
Apr 12 2008: Barbie. Now, before your eyes roll back in your head, see what fuss the plastic prodigy is kicking up in the back streets of Harajuku with her new best friend, the queen of quirk, Patricia Field
The second part of this two part series focuses on the people at Design Festa 5 comments
The first part of this two part series focuses on the art at Design Festa 4 comments
Dorothy Vacance—one of Tokyo’s hidden gems—is offering really cute embroidered patches featuring traditional images of Japan 0 comments
One of Tokyo’s most important fashion and design exhibitions, rooms, took place again this week. JAPANESE STREETS picked a few favorites 2 comments
Last year, Israel’s famous Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art exhibited over 100 of JAPANESE STREETS photographs 4 comments