Illustrator Hanabiyori Tatami has been creating a series of illustrations that combine food stuffs and drinks with the traditional yokai (demons) of Japan, and it’s great to see — pictured here, instant curry by way of yokai. See more in this Spoon & Tamago post.
A beautiful branding/packaging project by my buddy Ian Lynam for the Kurokura sake brand.
Here’s a great interview with David — with a nice layout as well — done over breakfast at Aoyama Ichibankan.
I love the idea behind Sha-shokudo, a new eating spot in Shibuya inspired by company cafeterias, which is kinda like a real one — it’s designed/produced by Suppose Design Office, and in the same building as its office, so serves as a de facto cafeteria for its employees. More details and photos in this Spoon & Tamago post.
You probably don’t need any extra incentive to visit the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, but I sure would like to drop by in the coming year to check out the yearlong food exhibition (from May 27). More details in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I absolutely love the simple design of the new Vegeo Vegeco shop — and no wonder, since it was designed by Masamichi Katayama. The company behind it started by selling produce from the Kyushu region online, and now on top of this physical store (in Tokyo’s Nezu neighborhood), they also offer an app called Vegery for quick deliveries in areas of Tokyo. This is the kind of thing that would make me eat my greens more. More details in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I haven’t had a chance to read through all of it yet, but Eater has posted what looks like a fantastic guide to eating in Tokyo. There’s tons of content, including a massive essay by Craig on pizza (no joke).
I really love this illustration by Mateusz Urbanowicz that he shared in a tweet, of a ramen shop he visited.
The noren is certainly one of the most recognizable aspects of Japan’s traditional retail spaces. J.J. O’Donoghue writes a piece for the Japan Times that could pretty much be described as “everything you ever wanted to know about noren but were afraid to ask.”