The latest Mori megaplex finally opened its doors earlier this week in Ginza, and it’s looking swanky. In terms of branding, what Murakami did for Roppongi Hills, Ginza Six instead gets a dotted Yayoi Kusama treatment. Take a look at a few of the highlights from Time Out Tokyo — the rooftop terrace is supposed to be pretty great.
Today (Saturday, April 22) is Record Store Day, and as you’d expect, over at Tokyo’s Coolest Sound, Patrick has put together a massive post highlighting all of the best releases you should be on the lookout for in Japan.
Great piece on Racked about the state of Uniqlo in the US, what it’s accomplished so far, the struggles, and what comes next — will they stay or will they go?
I still haven’t gotten around to reading it, but here’s a feature from GQ on the fashion chain United Arrows, about it’s place in Japan and what comes next. I’ve always quite liked what’s on offer there, but it tends to cost more than I’m willing to spend on fashion (I tend to be more in the Muji/Uniqlo range).
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.
The latest post on State of Tokyo is about PauseDraw, which I shared last week, but here’s another recent post on the site that shows off the fantastic looking Brotures Harajuku bike shop. Tokyo definitely has some awesome bike shops, which often feel like mini-museums when you visit them.
I’ve mentioned Tokyo-based illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz a couple of times now (for his “Cold in Yokohama” series and a recent ramen shop illustration), and now Spoon & Tamago gives a little love as well by highlighting his wonderful “Tokyo Storefront” series. Such great work.
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.
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.”
Not only does the new Beams Beyond Tokyo book from Rizzoli look fantastic — a celebration of the brand’s collaborations through the years — I’m also happy to see that my buddy W. David Marx is one of the contributors. These Rizzoli coffee table books tend to be incredibly well made (oh, you know, like that Tokyolife: Art and Design book), and this looks like another one I’d love to pick up.