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Shoko Tamura on designing garments that amplify personal expression
The Keio University student says wearable technology could redefine the way people play in urban landscapes.
Using light as a cure
The Jeggo helps its users overcome the downsides of travelling with therapeutic music and light.
Mateusz Urbanowicz’s Tokyo Storefront series
These delightful illustrations document the changing face of the Japanese capital.
The surreal self-portraits of Izumi Miyazaki
The young Japanese photographer’s work makes the mundane curious.
Michael Wolf photographs the world’s most uncomfortable commute
‘Tokyo Compression’ offers a new perspective of the Japanese city.
Shoko Tamura is a member of Daijiro Mizuno research laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo Japan, where she looks at speculative design and the human mind.
Nomad Life: A kit for the modern wanderer
Mexican designer Geraldo Osio tapped into Japanese craft to create a kit for the millennial who can’t be tied down.
Smart glasses to help people living with dyslexia
University student designs a pair of smart glasses for people who have difficulty reading
Cleaning up outer space with Kounotori’s electrified tether
Scientists are testing ways to clear up the new problem of space pollution.
Teepee-like complex serves as a haven for Japan's elderly
Issei Suma's whimsical structures provide a calming environment for the retired.
Using flies to treat rare diseases
Experimental designer Frank Kolkman puts the treatment of rare conditions into the hands of those afflicted.
Tackle wet weather with these creative methods of escaping the rain
From ‘non-wet’ umbrellas to onesies made for biking during a rainstorm, avoiding a downpour has never been this inspired.
Turning the violent side of nature into an energy source
Japanese engineers turn their attention to the power of typhoons.
‘Girl, girl, girl’ by Aki Inomata
These insect-built homes are a colourful commentary on a pervasive gender dynamic.
The ‘dirty’ way Toyota is creating cleaner fuel
Would you drive a car powered by poo?
The Setsuna: Toyota’s wooden concept car
The Japanese car manufacturer has created a functional concept car inspired by the emotional connections we have with family vehicles.
The Forest Where the Wind Returns: Hayao Miyazaki’s real-life woodland landscape
The former spearhead of Studio Ghibli plans to give children an immersive experience of the natural world in Kumé Island, Okinawa.
Tracing the origins of Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go, the product of American software developers Niantic and The Pokémon Company of Japan, is the love child of GPS tech and insect hunting.
Doodle with electricity
This pen allows you to draw circuits onto paper that conduct electricity immediately. Watch as it lights up this paper town.
Sou Fujimoto on multi-layered and conceptual architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s philosophical body of work explores architecture that doesn’t dictate any particular behaviour to its users.
Kazuya Kawasaki on biohacking the fashion industry
Speculative designer and Keio University student Kazuya Kawasaki grows new materials for the fashion industry.
Sou Fujimoto: The infinite possibilities of open field architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto talks about how architecture should create spaces for people to behave as they would like to.
A biodegradable alternative to harmful plastic packaging
AMAM takes top prize at the Lexus Design Award for its zero waste solution to packaging pollution.
Japan’s invisible trains will take off in 2018
Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima designs trains with a reflective surface that mirrors the surrounding scenery.
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