The Bank

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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.

Cold in Yokohama

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I really love “Cold in Yokohama,” a series of illustrations produced by Tokyo-based Mateusz Urbanowicz. As he explains on this page from his site (which also includes a 20-minute “making of” video), he was inspired by watching Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, wanting to recreate the Yokohama of that film, that no longer exists. Found via Tokyo Soup.

Mati Mati

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Mati Mati is a beautiful series of stationery that takes authentic map data from areas in Japan as a graphic base. The first collection covered Marunouchi, Kichijoji, Omotesando, and Fukuoka Tenjin, while the new collection includes Yokohama (pictured), Kyoto, Umeda, and Kobe. It was art directed by Yuruliku Design.