japanese

Kokeshi Dollmaking by john cheng

Watch the beautiful and memorizing process of Japanese Kokeshi Doll making. This looks like a process that would be very meditative and soothing.

鳴子系こけし/こけしの岡仁 手とてとテ -仙台・宮城のてしごとたち- http://tetotetote-sendai.jp/

Hand Blown Beer Glasses by john cheng

In a world full of mass manufactured goods, it is always nice to see that there still exist hand crafted and quality pieces such as these hand blown beer glasses. Get your own set for £52.00 at Reiko Kaneko.

As part of the first Japan Store collection Reiko has worked closely with the prestigious Japanese company Shotoku Glass. Renowned for their super thin, yet deceptively strong hand blown glass Reiko has worked with Shotoku to develop a bespoke Beer Glass design.

In the design Reiko took inspiration from the glass blowing process after visiting their factory in Tokyo earlier in the year. Aiming to utilise this Japanese craftsmanship to create an elegant beer glass specific for the English market, the glass is just the right size to hold one bottle of beer. The subtle ripple on the exterior of the glass also conveniently shows a 50 ml double measure, allowing combinations of this very Japanese craft with classic English drinks like G&T. For Reiko, the highest praise for the design came from the factory floor, with some of Shotoku’s glass blowers among her first customers.

By defeault we sell these glasses paired up in a presentation box, however they are also available individually should you wish. 

- See more at: http://www.reikokaneko.co.uk/retail/Japan-store/beer-glass#sthash.kM9u39Eg.dpuf

 

 

 

 

Motion Silhouette by john cheng

Motion Silhouette is one of the most well designed children's books I've ever seen. Beautiful illustrations are merged with paper cut outs and lighting to create dancing shadows across the pages that stimulate your imagination so much more! I think I need a copy of this.


Japanese Shipbuilding Technique Inspired Furniture By Jin Kuramoto by john cheng

As I get older, I find my interests shifting. One of those shifts is furniture. When I was younger, I hated going to furniture stores with my parents. I would trudge along bored or run around the store jumping and hiding on and around whatever pieces of furniture that could hold my weight. Now I find myself admiring various pieces of furniture wishing they were in my possession, but alas, it is yet another thing that I really don't need.

These articles of furniture inspired by Japanese shipbuilding techniques, by Jin Kuramoto and  Claesson Koivisto, have really caught my eye. They are extremely elegant even in though they are in the most pure form. There really is no fluff here, just the beauty of their base structure. See for yourself below or check them out in person if you are anywhere near the Stockholm Furniture Fair where they are on display.

Colors by john cheng

十人十色
— unknown

"Ten men, ten colors"

To each his own. 

We are all different individuals and have different strengths and weaknesses, so why compare yourself against others? Your reference point should be yourself and not what the next person is doing.

Keep on bettering yourself and become the best version of yourself each and every day. 

Noramoji Project by john cheng

The Noramoji Project is one of the greatest undertakings that I've come across. Noramoji are fonts made from the deconstruction of storefront signage found all over Japan. These fonts can't be found in books or type kits, they have to be sought out.

The goal of Noramoji is to find these fonts, deconstruct and analyze the fonts in order to recreate a full set of hiragana or katakana and then returning the letters back to the store owners. You can actually download these fonts and donate to fund their ongoing project. The proceeds are then given back to the store owners that the fonts were found from.

What a great idea!

プロジェクトサイトはこちら → http://noramoji.jp/ 古い町並みには、洗練されていないけれど個性的で味のある文字がたくさんあります。このプロジェクトは、そんなステキな文字たちを「のらもじ」と名付け、それを 発見 → 分析 → フォント化 を進めていく活動です。