weather and clothes in Tokyo 9


We are fine under the sunshine. 晴れの日は心も晴れ晴れ。Sat. 15 November 2014
Fine day of deepening autumn.
Leather jacket, sweater, camisole, corduroy pants, wool muffler, wool socks and sneekers

Japanese plastering “Sakan” 左官

tied bamboo lattice

One side of tied bamboo lattice 竹小舞

Is it the only way to build a strong house by reinforced concrete?
No, no, no.

Techniques and materials deeply, naturally rooted in the locality is just telling an answer.

Take a look of the process of inner structure of Japanese plaster.

Akira Kuzumi 久住章

Akira Kuzumi 久住章, the master of plastering, explains the function baced on technique.

Akira Kuzumi 久住章

Akira Kuzumi 久住章 explains a way to tie a rope of the bamboo lattice to make a tough plaster



length of the rope to tie bamboo lattice

Prepare 2 and a half times of the width spreading out the arms.

starting tying of bamboo lattice

starting tying,
looks easy but…?

how to tie bamboo lattice

place one ring upon another

Checking the position of the knot

Checking the position

starting tying bamboo lattice

Ready to start!

Takekomai bamboo lattice

Working from both sides makes the process faster and smoother.

@ 大江戸左官祭り


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Rusticity and sophistication


Torindo in Ueno, Tokyo 桃林堂 上野店

Wall, partition, screen or window…?

The wall of a corner of a sweets shop has some square openings.

It’s too direct without anything, but we don’t want to close it completely as we’d like to feel softly how it is behind the wall from each side.

We don’t need any complicated or troublesome work. Just hang frames with hooks.

Rusticity coexists with sophistication.

Torindo in Ueno, Tokyo 桃林堂 上野店

Flames are just hanging on the wall with hooks.



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weather and clothes in Tokyo 8


We are fine under the sunshine. 晴れの日は心も晴れ晴れ。Enjoy comfort under cloud. 曇りは意外と快適。Fri. 24 Oct. 2014
Fine and mild day.
light wool haori-jacket, light wool kimono, silk Nagajuban(under-kimono), cupro petticoat, Nagoya-obi(broad sash), silk Obijime(decorative string), silk Obiage(sash), cotton tabi(socks) and Zori-sandals.

Yumiko Takabayashi 高林由美子

Sashiko embroidery hanging scroll by Yumiko Takabayashi @ Torindo in Ueno, Tokyo 高林由美子さんの刺し子掛け軸 @ 桃林堂 上野店

We are now in art-design festive season in Tokyo, many events and seminars are popping up throughout the city.
As I have an appointment with an Italian man and a Cyprian designer, I chose kimono style today to welcome them in autumn colors.

I drop by a Japanese sweets shop to take a rest. Enjoying a small cake in the shape of a kaki and Japanese green and brown tea, a fabric work caught my eyes.

This is the most impressive work in this season for me, more Japanese and familiar fantasy.


Sashiko needlework by Yumiko Takabayashi 高林由美子

pine needles and trunks by needlework of Yumiko Takabayashi 高林由美子さんの刺し子の松

Sashiko needlework by Yumiko Takabayashi 高林由美子

Yumiko’s threads realize wave bubbles. No same forms as so are the bubbles.

Another place in Aoyama, Tokyo of Torindo has a gallery.
Which taste will touch you, authentic or playful craft?



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weather and clothes in Tokyo 7

We are fine under the sunshine. 晴れの日は心も晴れ晴れ。 Tue. 14 Oct. 2014
Fine day with a strong wind just after a typhoon passed.
Coton shirt, coton pants, socks and flat shoes.

吉の川 大吟醸 Yoshinogawa daiginjo

Yoshinogawa poured by the thin and hard edge of a crystal glass into my mouth.

The typhoon didn’t leave any trouble in my town, sky is clearer, dust has been blown away.

I thought of a bottle of sake, which one of my non-drinking friends from Fukushima gave me in summer.

How did you know my taste, Ryuma?



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weather and clothes in Tokyo 6


We are fine under the sunshine. 晴れの日は心も晴れ晴れ。 Tue. 30 Sep. 2014
Fine day. Late summer suddenly got back to Tokyo.
Coton shirt, cycling pants, socks and sneakers.

craftsmen's market at a department store in Ginza 銀座・手仕事直売所

craftsmen’s market at a department store in Ginza, Tokyo. bamboo products, ceramics, etc.

When you want to see Japanese crafts, where will you go?

Try to check event schedules of department stores in a city.
They often hold market events on an upper floor, you can discover various crafts and craftsmen from all over Japan.

If you are lucky, craftsmen demonstrate their skillful technique there.

And try to use some of them and let us know your new ways of your daily partner from Japan.

fabrics by stencil dyeing by Yumi Ishikita 石北有美

playful fabrics by stencil dyeing by Yumi Ishikita 石北有美




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Anthea Walsh


何があるのかな?ガラスケースのある方へ進んでみる。


意地悪いほど神経質に、細かい刺繍をするかのように、胸の奥にある何かを刺す。
何だろう…?

Fragile Future で感じた何かとどこか重なるような。

それを知らないのは私。




@ Craft Central in London


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Nestor Campos


Harbour by Nestor Campos

Nestor Campos showing the lamp fitting of Harbour

Such a familiar shape.
It should have been around us.

I can put it on the table, on the floor or hung it on the wall or use as a pendant lamp…
How many ways can I think of?

Such a a familiar shape, part 2.
A cute table and a simple plate.

Sometimes it’s OK without the table top, just to keep a glass/cup by a couch.

For a chattering time on tatami floor, we can use both the blue top and the table with legs.

It’s very charming to put only the blue top on the floor, looks like floating.

Tabula by Nestor Campos

Nestor Campos starts explaining Tabula.

Tabula by Nestro Campos

He turns the table upside down on the floor. It works without blue table top, as well!



Tabula by Nestro Campos

He sets the blue top on the part with legs. I’m looking forward to seeing a customized version with the edge. ♥

Are your guests waiting for pinchos?
Sorry, wait for a minute. I need to carry slowly… if it had an edge around, slightly higher than the flat part…

@ designjunction 2014 in London


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Tianman Song


How often do you have time with an only tea/coffee cup?

Slow Living, Slow Tea

Tender texture of widening rings on wooden water shows transparency of wood. The wooden tea table leads us into a relaxing and warm time.



Sometimes stop plural-doing, just have a cup of tea, so the tea will call a relaxing companion for you.

@ designjunction 2014 in London


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Raw Edges’ place called home

a place called home by Raw Edges

Raw Edges are not opening doors but making the living space wider.

ドアを開けているのではありません。
パーテーションをスライドさせて、リビングスペースを広げています。

よーく見ているうちに、ふすまで仕切られた日本のかつての木造家屋とシンクロしてきませんか?

何かを探して遠出をし、見つけるものは身近なもの。

Raw Edges の二人が伝えてくれました。

An event of London Design Festival 2014 ”a place called home” @ Trafalgar Square

a space called home by Raw Edges

Yael Mer is pulling a pertation, Shay Alkalay is pushing it.

a space called home by Raw Edges

A house flexibly divided in 3 spaces. Bed space, living+kitchen and bath space

a space called home by Raw Edges

From kitchen side. The white cylinder is a lamp, which is shared with bath side, too!

a space called home by Raw Edges

Bath side. One sink is shared with bath side and kitchen side. I’ve wanted it for a long time!

a space called home by Raw Edges

The shower head works as a shelf. When bath space is pleated, the shelf is for the kitchen!

a space called home by Raw Edges

Shay is talking with visitors in front of the living space.

a space called home by Raw Edges

Such a small house! But we can live widely.



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天気と服装 in ロンドン 5

We are fine under the sunshine. 晴れの日は心も晴れ晴れ。Enjoy comfort under cloud. 曇りは意外と快適。2014.9.18 (木)
雲は出てるけどとても明るい。晴れだ。
コットンシャツ、キャミソール、サイクリングパンツ、ソックス、スニーカー

a palace called home

Event “a palace called home” collaborated AirBnB and London Design Festival at Trafalgar Square


AirBnBとロンドン市がトラファルガー広場で“home”をテーマにイベントをするという。
London Design Festival 期間中のお天気恵まれた、楽しいイベント。

Brian Chesky at a palace called home

Brian Chesky at the opening of “a palace called home”


a place called home

「ハウス」は単なる箱だけど、使う人、住む人がその箱を「ホーム」にする。

Brian Chesky 談。


Jasper Morrison in a palace called home

Jasper Morrison in his palace called home

Jasper Morrison はカメラマンのポーズのリクエストに答えて、ちょっとお疲れ?


日本ではリーガルでうるさいこと言われているAirBnBだけど、箱を「ホーム」にできるのは、さぁ、どこ、そして誰…?



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