The Colors of Cool
The Colors of Cool ( HTML : English / Japanese )
This month's Cover Story focuses on the issue of Japanese creativity, specifically the way Japanese designers and manufacturers draw on unique, long-standing traditions but present their work in contemporary styles, creating "products" which today fall under the broad moniker of "Cool Japan."
|Japan Expo in Paris ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(289KB)|
Fashion designer Naoto Hirooka and his h.NAOTO fashion label were among the big draws at the Japan Expo in Paris earlier this summer.
|Points and Lines ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(175KB)|
Among the scores of artists from Japan and around the world who will exhibit at the Yokohama Triennale this fall is painter Manabu Ikeda. We interview the artist.
|Timeless Appeal of the Yukata ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(274KB)|
Rumi Shibasaki has taken the traditional summer kimono known as the yukata to a new level of street-level popularity with her novel fabric designs.
|Bringing Paper to Life ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(166KB)|
Author, director and actor Shatner Nishida also counts origami among his skills. We take a look at Nishida's paper-folding prowess.
|Kei Puts J in Kuwait ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(178KB)|
Keiko Mutoh has helped pioneer a boom in the popularity of Japanese dining in Kuwait.
|Italian Takes a Haiku to Japan ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(121KB)|
Japan-EU English Haiku Contest winner Federica Bertacchini explains the attraction and power of the haiku form.
|Traveling at Speed in High Style ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(139KB)|
Eiji Mitooka's designs for train interiors have won him numerous awards. We interview the industrial designer and illustrator.
|Wheels of Wood ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(298KB)|
Sueshiro Sano comes from a long line of shipbuilders, but is best known today as a maker of mahogany bicycles.
|Creativity after the Quake ( HTML : English / Japanese )||PDF(157KB)|
An interview with Yoshiharu Fukuhara, honorary chairman of cosmetics giant Shiseido and chair of the Public-Private Expert Panel on Creative Industries.
Roadmap towards Restoration: Progress Report ( HTML : English / Japanese )
In its July 19 report on the status of restoration work at the Fukushima
Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, TEPCO confirmed that the progress target for Step 1 has been achieved.
Nadeshiko Win FIFA Women's World Cup ( HTML : English / Japanese )
Japan beat the United States in a thrilling final on July 17 to claim the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ( HTML : English / Japanese )
In advance of the 13th Tokyo Girls Collection in September, we ask TGC Chief Producer Maki Okuda about the show's continuing success.
Still Forging Ahead: Kikuchi Hojudo ( HTML : English / Japanese )
More than 400 years after its founding, Kikuchi Hojudo remains one of Japan's most accomplished makers of teapots.
|THE NATION'S MUSEUMS
The Aomori Museum of Art ( HTML : English / Japanese )
Julian Ryall continues his appraisal of Japan's best museums.
|AFTER THE QUAKE
Foreigners living in Japan are enjoying life as normal again after the quake.
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