Architecture Design Stores

Muji Yurakucho Renewal

Muji’s flagship store in Yurakucho has just undergone some big renovations, and the renewed store re-opened yesterday, with not only a new look, but also a food market area. I miss Muji Yurakucho so fucking much. You’ll find more details and photos in this Spoon & Tamago post.


Muji Hotel

When I saw this mentioned on Muji’s Instagram account the other day, my jaw dropped: Muji is producing a hotel — along with a new flagship store — in Ginza, set to open in 2019. As this Spoon & Tamago post reveals (and that’s also where you’ll find more details on the Ginza project), it’s not Muji’s first hotel, as they’re also producing one in Shenzhen.


Kito Fujio

It’s incredible how haunting and creepy a kids playground can look at night when illuminated, as seen through the work of photographer Kito Fujio. Via Spoon & Tamago.


Maekake Package Design

This is absolutely brilliant package design by Nosigner for a company that produces maekake (traditional workman aprons). See more in this Spoon & Tamago post.


Starbucks with Tatami

If I was in Kyoto, I’d definitely drop by this new Starbucks (opening at the end of the month) that looks more like a traditional tea house than the cafe chain we know. More in this Spoon & Tamago post.

Cafes Design

Artless Craft Tea & Coffee

The Artless design agency has opened a new office/gallery/cafe in Nakameguro (a move from the previously smaller space they occupied in Harajuku) and it looks like a stunning space (see photos in this Spoon & Tamago post). The gallery is strangely by appointment only, but the cafe is open to all, and specializes in both coffee and green tea.

Anime Film

Ghibli Park

It’s finally happening, we’re getting a Ghibli theme park. Set to open in 2020 in Aichi prefecture, the idea is that it will be more of a Totoro park (which is fine by me, as that’s still my favorite Ghibli film). There’s more info in this Spoon & Tamago post.

Cycling Design

Nobuyuki Tani

Spoon & Tamago highlights the beautiful bike work of Nobuyuki Tani, and ex-Sony designer who ditched it all to concentrate on bikes — he also makes custom jobs, like the bike that was used in the live-action Kiki’s Delivery Service movie.

Architecture Design

Kengo Kuma’s Jyubako

If the Muji Hut isn’t mobile enough for you, how about Kengo Kuma‘s Jyubako for Snow Peak? The bare bones trailer home is actually a bit more expensive than Muji’s offering, at 3.5 million yen, and to me looks a bit too utilitarian. I’ll take a Muji Hut, thanks. More details in this Spoon & Tamago post.

Architecture Food


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.