99+1 Japan is a beautiful new guide produced by the Japan National Tourism Organization that takes the form of a website and book (which is also available as a downloadable PDF). The focus here is on art, design, and architecture, and from the browsing I did on the website, the choices are, well, quite choice. I know that my buddy Said Karlsson participated in this, with some of his wonderful photography adorning a few entries. Here’s also a Spoon & Tamago post with more details.
Time Out Tokyo takes a look at the next mega complex to open in Tokyo, the pictured Ginza Six. It opens on April 20. Here’s also a slick video about the complex.
It opened back in 2015, but Spoon & Tamago has a post up showing off the beautiful co-working space MTRL Kyoto. The space even has laser cutters and 3D printers — no big surprise since its owned by Loftworks, the company behind the FabCafes.
Kojima Productions now has its very own slick home in the Shinagawa part of Tokyo, and it recently shared a gallery of photos that show off the new digs (which I came across through this Kotaku post). IGN has posted a 5-minute video featuring interviews with Kojima and key staff talking about the studio, and how it all came together.
This is a pretty amazing story, of a train station in the Osaka suburbs that was built around — yes, surrounding — a tree. Read the whole story over at Spoon & Tamago.
I don’t receive New Year cards (nengajo) like I used to — although I still enjoy looking at a lot of them, courtesy of Spoon & Tamago and 8-4. In fact, I only received two this year, but they were both from people I love so much. Up top is the card sent by design crew AQ, who decided to be a bit sly with the rooster theme, and peacock it up a bit. Below, the card from my loving Tokyo family of Klein Dytham architecture, as spicy as ever.
Tsumiki is a beautiful new wood block stacking toy, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma (designer of the 2020 Olympic Stadium). More details and photos in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I remember being interested in this People Make Places project when it first came out — but I wasn’t blogging at the time — and now I’m reminded of it thanks to this great big review for Time Out Tokyo (even better, it’s written by my old friend Sophie Knight).
A bit of an old post on Spoon & Tamago that I just came across, it’s about a home with the punny name of “Plathome” because, well, it looks like a train platform — yes, that’s a real train wagon (no longer in use) next to it. Pretty fun idea for a house design.
I’m not sure if I already new about The Bank or not — a bar located in a space near Yokohama that previously housed a bank — but it’s great to hear that it has re-opened, and it’s a spot I’d love to check out someday. Interesting to hear that it was Masamichi Katayama’s first project after founding his Wonderwall studio (back in 2000). Read more about it in this Spoon & Tamago post.