Art Design Events Magazines

Megane Zine 2

Yoshi Shimura (Star Graphics) is a Tokyo native who moved to LA a year ago, and he’s just released the second issue of Megane Zine. As he describes it:

Megane Zine is a regular publication aimed at introducing artwork of young, up-coming Japanese artists to the United States. “Megane” means “Glasses” in Japanese. Megane Zine focuses it lens on the inspired achievements of these fantastic artists.

A Megane Zine tee designed by Ed Templeton will be released through Beams T in January, and a show featuring works from the issue will take place at LA’s HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, starting January 9.

Design Events Photography

Photos of PROTOTYPE 03

The “PROTOTYPE 03” exhibition may be over, but the show’s website has been updated with a beautiful gallery of photos by Takumi Ota.

Design Stores


Here’s a look at a new shop in Aoyama for children’s brand Carina, designed by Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA). Via

Architecture Art Design

Tanada Piece Gallery

Beautiful new gallery in the city of Kyotanabe (near Kyoto) called Tanada Piece Gallery, featuring a rice field-inspired interior by Japanese architecture studio Geneto.

Cycling Design Food Magazines Meta

Paper Sky Renewal

The new issue of Paper Sky (31) is a special one, marking a major renewal for the magazine. The most obvious change is the cover design, but you’ll find English content creeping back into the magazine as well — for now, mostly with intro paragraphs to each article, but Cameron Allan McKean‘s article on sento bathing in Tokyo is published entirely in English.

The Paper Sky website is also about to get a major revamp, and is set to launch within a week or two. The new site will now have a strong English component, of which I’ll be a contributor (but more on that once the site launches).

The other day I had the great pleasure of finally meeting the magazine’s founder, Lucas Badtke-Berkow, who also founded the original — and truly great — TOKION. Seems like this should have happened ages ago, and it was great to have a nice long chat with Lucas about where Knee High Media has been, where it’s heading, and on the state of print media in general. After checking out the KHM office in Shibuya, we ended up getting coffee at this amazing little retro cafe nearby, which I hate that I can’t remember the name (but I’ll be going there again).

Above, the label for Lucas’ new Luke’s Carrots line of organic products — I had a taste of the carrot jam, which was delicious. You can currently buy it at the weekend farmer’s market in front of the UN University in Aoyama, where he and his wife are manning a booth this month. Next weekend they’ll also be offering free rides on some very cool bicycles, as part of the new Paper Sky Bicycle Club.

Update: The cafe’s name is Aoyama Ichibankan, and here’s a map that shows the location. Make sure to get the honey toast!

Design Fashion

OPEN Skateboards T-shirt

Here’s a look at an upcoming t-shirt for OPEN Skateboards, based on the Kiyoshi Awazu homage board. The tees will be very limited, and should go on sale on the site soon.

Art Design Technology

TAB iPhone App Startup Screen

It may not have come out in November as promised (it will soon though), but here’s a sneak peek at what the startup screen for Tokyo Art Beat‘s iPhone app will look like. The image was created by AQ‘s Eiko Nagase.



Mixing digital culture with a bit of old-school stationery love, the Kaoiro stamp from Ginghami lets you stamp out all those kaomoji “faces” found in text/email correspondence in Japan.

Design Fashion

Peace Sweater at TAB Shop

Some good news if you’ve been wanting to get your hands on the Peace Sweater — which I covered in my “On Design” column last month — as it’s now available for purchase online through the TAB Shop.

Design Web

PMKFA Site Re-launches

Tokyo-based graphic designer Michael Thorsby (PMKFA) has just re-launched his website.

I’m happy to announce that a brand new version of is open. With new content only and hundreds of images from projects that PMKFA have been involved in, everything downloadable as PDF’s so you can view the work offline, a extensive press archive and functions so that you can view the website in the way You prefer through the Preview Index Mode & Stack Mode functions.