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Interested in bringing your products or services to Japan?

Are you interested in bringing your products or services to the Japanese market? Even if Japanese economy has been reported to be stagnating over the past decades, it is still the world’s third largest economy, and the market is huge. In terms of design and architecture, Japan is considered one of the leaders in the world, and the general public in the Japanese market is alway keen on new products coming from outside Japan. So the Japanese design team is launching a new service “Japan market entry consulting services” for those who are interested in expanding their business to the Japanese market. Here are the details:

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Japanese speaking industrial designer wanted / 工業デザイナー募集中

We are currently looking for an industrial designer for a full time position based in Japan. Please send us your CV if you speak Japanese fluently and are willing to be based in Japan. REQUIREMENTS Have a BA/BS in Industrial Design or equivalent experience. Have 0-10 years of experience in the capacity of an industrial designer producing work of the highest quality. jpdesign.orgでは、現在、日本国内で正社員として働ける工業デザイナーを募集中です。(クライアント企業の代理で募集しております)。 応募資格 専門学校、短大、大学、大学院卒(工業デザイン科、あるいはそれに相当する学科) 新卒、中途(工業デザインの職務経験10年程度まで) 英語ができる方、優遇致します ご希望の方は、 までメールにてご応募ください。

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50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases

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

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Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture

“Japanese design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture” has been released by Tuttle Publishing. It gives a unique view on Japanese design through a foreigner’s perspective, from traditional design such as Kimono and Ukiyoe to modern design, for example, “Butterfly Stool” by Sori Yanagi. This is not one of those books that attempts to explain everything about Japanese design. Instead, it examines “Japanese design” by looking into traditional Japanese cultural concepts such as “Wabi”, “Sabi”, “Iki”, and “Ma”. This relatively small 160-page book explains the foundation of foreigners’ admiration of Japanese culture and aesthetics. It contains over 200 images of Japanese architecture and objects to accompany a range of analyses on what … Continue reading

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Stamug by Metaphys

Mug cups tend to take up space when stored in the cupboard. However, Stamug is a stackable mug cup that can be stored while taking up very little space. It is also large enough so that it could be used for drinking soups.

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Trace Face Light

Artisans in Seto, Aichi created a lampshade which looks like knitted textile. It is not glazed, which gives a natural feeling to the lampshade.

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Bird Suzuki-Mohei-Shoten

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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The Society for a Design Museum Japan was founded in September 2012 by designer Issey Miyake and by Masanori Aoyagi, art historian and director-general of The national Museum of Western Art. Its aim is to spread awareness of the importance of design in Japan, and to build momentum toward the foundation of a national museum of design in Japan. The Society will remain active until a concrete plan for the museum’s foundation takes shape. We look forward to your participation.(

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An aircraft body design contest commemorating the 60th anniversary of ANA

●Entry period: – September 30 (Sun), 2012 (Entries submitted by post must arrive by the 30th.(Japan Calendar) ●Entries open to: Anyone may enter. (Both professionals and amateurs are welcome.) (Multiple entries permitted ) Entries must be original, unreleased works and all copyrights must belong to the entrant. ●Categories: 1. Age 12 and under        2. Age 13 – 18      3. Age 19 and up ●Entry Form: The entry form can be downloaded from this website. Enter using A3 size (width 297 mm ×height 420 mm) or smaller paper. ▼Download Entry Form here. *NOTE: ADOBE READER is required to view PDF files. Click on the icon at right to download the software (Free). ▼Download Illustrator … Continue reading

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Mainichi design prize 2011

The Mainichi design prize is an annual award given to outstanding Japanese designers, and the winners of this year have been annouced today. Product designer Fumie Shibata is well-known for her ergonomic design of medical devices. Another winner is graphic designer Kazunari Hattori. His graphic images taking advantage of visual effects have been widely praised. “Thermometer” by Fumie Shibata Posters designed by Kazunari Hattori

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