These shoes are made of Washi or traditional Japanese paper developed in Shimane, Japan. The special paper is called “Sekishu washi”, which has a history of over 1300 years. They are all handmade by only using organic materials. They are made for babies around one year old who has just started walking. The paper is strong enough for a baby to wear and walk, but they are also expected to be used as gifts for decorative purposes. “Kaminokuni” has won the grand prix at the Traditional Crafts Fair 2012 in Japan.
MOKU, created by musician and artist Sheyen Ikeda, is a pair of wooden framed sunglasses made out of Urushi or Japanese lacquer. Urushi is a natural material obtained from the Urushi tree. When the trunk of tree is cut, it produces Urushi to try to repair the wound. A single tree can only produce a few grams of Urushi each time it is taped. Because it is so hard to obtain, Urushi is considered a very valuable material.
They have started a fund raising campaign at indiegogo. The first 200 people that purchase/contribute through the indiegogo site will get their ear piece of the glasses with customized engraving.
Kengo Kuma & Associates won the first prize for the competition “Albert Kahn – Musée et Jardins”. The museum, located in Boulogne-Billancour, just outside Paris, showcases gardens around the world including Japanese gardens. The renovation work will start in 2015. It is expected to be completed by 2017.
Japanese design shop is offering 50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases.
Filled with water, this vinyl envelope is transformed into a fully functional 3D vase. The refraction of light through the water adds to the beauty of this simple flower vase. Each envelope contains two vases. Japanese design shop
A new series of “Infobar” will be released in Japan in February 2013. Designed by Naotao Fukasawa, the HTC-made phone comes with Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064, 4.7-inch 720p display, 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 2,100mAh battery, LTE radio (800/1500) and Android 4.1.
SONY will release “LLS-201″, a wireless storage device on April 30th. It comes with NFC (Near Field Communication), and the device can receive data files such as pictures and videos from mobile devices just by one tap.
Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Inputs and Outputs: USB 2.0, Memory Stick Duo, SD memory card, HDMI output
Supported formats: JPEG, MPO, RAW, AVCHD, MP4, MPEG2, SD, MOV, 3GPP(3GPP2), AVI, MPEG1
Dimension: 172 x 172 x 32mm.
Price: 30,000 Yen or around $335.
Japanese manga artist Hirohiko Araki and Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini collaborated for Gucci’s 2013 window displays. It is titled “Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci”, and the design will be used for Gucci’s stores around the world until February 2013.
Bird is a bird shaped chochin or latern manufactured by Suzuki-Mohei-Shoten, one of the oldest chochin manufacturers in Japan. It is made to keep itself from being knocked down. The lamp comes with a LED, which makes it possible to have a simulated flickering flame just like a real candle. It features a sound sensor, which enables it to switch on and off itself.
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