Yoshinori Takemura x journal standard Furniture Reveal Limited-Edition TAKEMURA LAMP Collection

27.June.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

Renowned Japanese ceramicist Takemura Yoshinori is releasing his iconic TAKEMURA LAMP collection at the Nihonbashi branch of journal standard Furniture on June 26.




¥71,500 Each (Tax Included)

There are 22 lamps in this collection, all of which are individually crafted with the utmost care and detail. Takemura is known for his gorgeous colour choices and combinations. Takemura used to love chemistry and studied enamel compounds by himself. This has led to him using over 60 colours in his creations. The lamps serve not only to light up a room, but adorn it as an art piece too. They’re also a show of journal standard Furniture’s craftsmanship.


  • Afternoon Tea LIVING Celebrates 40 Years with Seasonal Snow Globe Giveaway

    02.September.2021 | FASHION

    To commemorate 40 years during September 2021, Afternoon Tea LIVING will be giving away an original series of seasonal snow globes to 3,000 customers who spend at least ¥4,400 yen on September 10, 11, 17, and 18. Limited-edition gifts for Afternoon Tea members and commemorative T-shirts made of sustainable recycled polyester will also be available on September 10.


    Four Seasons Snow Globes


    SPRING: September 10


    SUMMER: September 11


    AUTUMN: September 17


    WINTER: September 18



    Members-only 40th anniversary mini bag and tape


    PINK: September 10~

    GREEN: September 17~


    40th Anniversary Commemorative T-shirt: ¥4,950 each (Tax Included)



    A limited number of mini bags and tape featuring the 40th anniversary logo will be given to the first 5,000 customers on September 10 and 17.


    The BRING brand creates new clothes from old clothes by chemically decomposing used garments. The company has collaborated with Afternoon Tea LIVING, a brand always committed to sustainability, to produce its new 40th anniversary T-shirt using BRING material, partially made of recycled polyester. The design on the front features two photo prints: one of a meringue cake by confectionary researcher Rika Fukuda, and the other of a cat sitting in a windowsill, selected from one of Afternoon Tea LIVING’s past free papers.


    Which snow globe is your favorite?


  • Interior Shop FrancFranc to Launch New Products in Collaboration with ANNA SUI

    01.September.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese furniture and home décor company FrancFranc is teaming up with global fashion brand ANNA SUI for a new product collection. ANNA SUI HOME FrancFranc will be released at FrancFranc stores nationwide and online starting September 3.

    Product Lineup

    2-seater Sofa, Dark Red: ¥149,000 (Tax Included) / 1-seater Sofa, Dark Red: ¥79,000 (Tax Included) / Ottoman, Dark Red: ¥39,000 (Tax Included)

    Side Table, Black: ¥39,000 (Tax Included) / Medium Rug, Dark Purple: ¥35,000 (Tax Included)

    Pillow Covers (Purple Logo / Beige Retro Flowers / Multicolor Flowers / Black and Gold): ¥5,000 each (Tax Included)

    Flower Pillow Cover: ¥4,000 (Tax Included) / Flower Quilt Cover, Single: ¥15,000 (Tax Included) / Semi-Double: ¥16,000 (Tax Included) / Double: ¥17,000 (Tax Included) / Large Purple Cushion: ¥5,800 (Tax Included)

    Removable Wallpaper (Purple Flower / Pink Flower / Black Swan): ¥3,200 each (Tax Included)

    Roomwear, Navy: ¥10,000 (Tax Included) / Slippers (Black / Navy): ¥4,000 each (Tax Included)

    Drawstring Bag (Navy / Black / Red / Pink): ¥3,000 each (Tax Included)

    Travel Jewelry Box: ¥2,500 each (Tax Included) / Small Jewelry Box: ¥7,500 each (Tax Included) / Large Jewelry Box: ¥10,000 each (Tax Included) / Multi-level Box: ¥9,500 each (Tax Included)

    Room Fragrance (Black / Gold / White): ¥4,800 each (Tax Included) / Candle (Black / Gold / White): ¥3,800 each (Tax Included)

    Mug with Lid (Pink Flower / Blue Flower / Red Lace Flower / Beige Retro Flower / Purple Logo / Pink Storefront): ¥2,200 each (Tax Included)

    Tea for One Teapot (Purple / Green): ¥5,000 each (Tax Included) / Mini Plate Set: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)



    This marks the first time ANNA SUI has collaborated on an interior design collection in the brand’s history. FrancFranc will celebrate its 30th anniversary in July 2022, and the release of these 47 unique products will mark this auspicious occasion. From furniture and home décor to candles and jewelry boxes, there’s something for everyone!


    How would you like to decorate your space with these one-of-a-kind pieces?

  • Ceramic Artist DAISAK to Hold Exhibition at JOURNAL STANDARD Kyoto Store

    11.August.2021 | FASHION

    Kyoto-based ceramic artist DAISAK is collaborating with newly-relaunched clothing brand JOURNAL STANDARD on some colorful new products! These limited-edition releases will go on sale August 7, 2021. 



    CAP: ¥16,500-¥39,600

    SHOES: ¥13,200


    Vulture Sculpture: ¥110,000


    Mug: ¥4,620 / Ashtray: ¥3,850


    TEE: ¥5,280 / SOX: ¥1,320



    These new goods were inspired by American casual wear, and give us a glimpse into DAISAK’s unique worldview. Along with the ‘wall-mounted cap’ and ‘sneakers you can use as a plate,’ a limited number of mugs, ashtrays, t-shirts and socks with a sleek new vulture design will be available. For those wanting a glittering new centerpiece for their house, the golden vulture sculpture is a perfect choice. 


    Be sure to check out this limited-edition art with American flair! 


  • Tendo Mokko Rethinks Japanese Modernity With ‘Japanese Modern / 80 Project’ to Celebrate 80th Anniversary

    12.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    In commemoration of Tendo Mokko’s 80th anniversary, DAIKANYAMA TSUTAYA BOOKS is hosting the “Tendo Mokko & Japanese Modern” fair from July 7 to August 6 where the new products from the interior design brand is being sold. This includes a new book titled the same as the fair which details the brand’s most famous furniture works. New furniture by Hiroshi Nakamura, Koichi Futatsumata, and Wataru Kumano is also being exclusively sold there.


    Each participating artist’s signed nameplate

    Tendo Mokko is a Japanese furniture maker. After the Second World War, they made huge developments the country’s architect and design culture in collaboration with architects and designers by creating products rooted in the climate and natural features of Japan. One of the spearheads of this movement was Kenmochi Isamu, a modernist designer who played a pivotal role in the development of Japanese industrial design after World War II. Through the history of Japanese architecture, Tendo Mokko has joined hands with countless famous designers to manufacture furniture.


    Last year, the company turned 80 years old. As part of the commemoration, it is looking to dive deep into and rethink Japanese modernity at the Tendo Mokko & Japanese Modern fair where visitors can see their latest wares as well as learn about the process of developing new furniture and more. All of this, along with interviews, is also detailed in the book. Those who pre-order products at the fair will also receive one of the above-pictured nameplates depending on who designed it.

  • Gas Mask Plant Pots Showcased as Part of TENEO’s Exhibition Tour

    09.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Japanese men’s brand TENEO and Shibakusa Pottery, which was founded in 1841 in Hida-Takayama, are set to begin their first exhibition tour on July 9 which aims to make traditional Japanese craftsmanship part of our modern lives as contemporary art.


    TENEO is rooted in the concept of combining and evolving the differing cultures and backgrounds of Japan and France. Shibakusa Pottery has been producing pottery in Gifu’s city of Takayama since the Edo Period and operates on the motto of “Handing down tradition is on the decline; tradition is the continuation of innovation.” Both TENO and SHibakusa have come together to launch a project that aims to develop and advance traditional craftsmanship, and so they are opening a series of exhibition pop-up shops beginning at DiEGO Omotesando in Tokyo on July 9 before heading to Discover Japan Lab. in Shibuya PARCO, g GIFT AND LIFESTYLE in Roppoingi Hills, and elsewhere.

    Pre-orders for the products to be showcased at the pop-up shop are now available to pre-order online in Japan at TENEO and will be shipped in October. Exhibits include works by the young bonsai master Yusuke Hamamoto, flower arrangements Ayayoshi Ozono who maintains long-time traditional Japanese styles and techniques, and more.

    The project will  collaborate with the international tattoo artist Hiro in October as well as many other traditional artists and craftsmen from inside and outside Japan. The pop-up shop also sees the release of the ‘GAS MASK POT/VASE.’ The purpose of these works is to show people new forms and ways of expressing tradition.

  • Kyoto’s National Museum of Modern Art Announces ‘Modern Crafts’ Exhibition

    09.July.2021 | SPOT

    The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto has announced a new exhibition. A Chronicle of Modern Crafts: Works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Collection will run from July 9 to August 22.

    Crafts are one of the pillars of the activities at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, a facility that opened in 1963. This emphasis has helped form one of Japan’s premiere collections of crafts. Moreover, they have on occasion presented exhibitions such as the International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Contemporary Ceramic Art: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico and Japan, Fiber Works: Europe and Japan, and Contemporary Glass: Europe and Japan, which introduced and compared crafts from other countries with Japanese works, and exerted a strong influence on the Japanese art and crafts scene.


    In this exhibition, the museum takes a look back at some of these events from the past based on works from the museum collection while retracing the development of modern crafts. This includes the exhibiting of 305 pieces, 231 from Japanese craftsmen and 74 from those overseas.

  • Gyoza no Ohsho x JOURNAL STANDARD Releases Exclusive Kyoto T-Shirt

    25.June.2021 | FASHION / FOOD

    Gyoza no Ohsho has teamed up with JOURNAL STANDARD to release a special t-shirt featuring a design inspired by the uniforms worn by staff at Gyoza no Ohsho. The tee released on June 19.


    Gyoza no Ohsho is a Japanese restaurant chain serving gyoza and a range of other Chinese cuisine-inspired foods.

    GYOZA OHSHO TEE | Sizes: M-XXL | ¥4,400 (Before Tax)

    These limited-edition tees are exclusive to JOURNAL STANDARD’s Kyoto branch.

  • These Disney Ceramic Teacups and Plates Are Traditional Kiyomizu Wares From Kyoto

    07.June.2021 | FASHION

    Asahido is now selling a collection of Disney-inspired ceramics made using a traditional Japanese pottery technique known as Kiyomizu which originated in Kyoto.

    Winnie the Pooh Hundred Acre Wood Teacup

    This collection of teacups features hand drawn designs of Winnie the Pooh and his friends relaxing in their home of the Hundred Acre Wood. They are dyed indigo using a traditional dyeing technique known as gosu which makes the colour run deep into the design. There are cups to pick from, one big and one small and both with different designs. More details here (in Japanese).

    Mickey & Minnie Traditional Dyed Pattern Mugs

    These smiley teacups are made using the same dyeing technique and feature Mickey and Minnie made from collages of traditional Japanese patterns that have long been used in Kyoto.

    Disney Princess Plates

    Seven Disney Princesses have been feauted in this hand-painted Kiyomizu ware plate collection, all of which are lined with gorgeous colours including gold. They make for beautiful decorations for any Disney fan’s room.

    Mickey & Minnie Kiyomizu Dolls

    “Rakuyaki” is the name of the hand-mouldered pottery technique used to crafts these Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls, one which has been used since the Taisho Period. Compared to the other ceramics on this list, these dolls are baked at a lower temperature, giving the colours a softer look. Red and black are classic colour combinations used in this technique, so Mickey and Minnie were the perfect candidates. Only 100 of each will be sold.

  • Parfait Inspired by Kyoto Zen Garden Arrives at AMAN KYOTO

    19.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Kyoto-based luxury resort and spa AMAN KYOTO is now serving a special parfait for spring and early summer until June 30 which is inspired by traditional Japanese zen gardens.

    Zen Garden Parfait

    The Living Pavilion by Aman

    Situated quietly in a secret garden at the heart of a forest, AMAN KYOTO is just a stone’s throw from Kyoto’s famous golden Kinkaku-ji Temple. This secluded spot is home to abundant nature with green filling your vision at every turn.


    The Zen Garden Parfait is enjoyed at the resort’s dining space, The Living Pavilion. The sponge of the cake and the cookies are made with matcha and made to look like the moss of a zen garden. The delicious ‘stones’ are made from houjicha tea cookies, while the crunchy cocoa-flavoured cat tongue biscuits are reminiscent of trees. White chocolate sits hidden underneath the garden panna cotta while fragrant matcha tiramisu, which is made from organic matcha from Uji, helps to complete that garden look. Other sweet additions include rich matcha cream, a nine-layered tiramisu, yuzu ice cream, yuzu jam, and more.

    The parfait is served in an original matcha bowl made by Japanese ceramics artist George Nakamura.

  • ‘Ugly Wardrobe’ Installation Created From Surplus Garments from Shibuya Fashion Week

    30.March.2021 | FASHION

    Sustainable fiberboard manufacturing company PANECO® has teamed up with the creative collective group ‘h220430’ to create the Ugly Wardrobe.

    h220430 is a collective of creators focused on designing furniture, lighting, and other interior pieces. With their work, they hope to make people rethink and act against a string of international problems such as deterioration of the global environment and world conflicts.


    PANECO® seeks to reduce waste clothing and help create a circular economy with their innovative fiberboard which can be used to make furniture, displays, and many other products.


    COVID-19 greatly affected the fashion industry as it did others, and the stagnant market produced a vast number of surplus garments. PANECO® received 500 surplus garments that were about to be incinerated. They pressed the garments using special machinery and elevated them into a robust and beautiful material, and using it, constructed a wardrobe. Rather than watching them be incinerated without ever being worn, they found a way that they could be used as long as possible by upcycling them into wardrobe that would stand alongside fashion.

  • Cute Japanese Shark Ceramic Items Release at Village Vanguard

    28.February.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese online shopping site Village Vanguard is now stocking a new collection of cute items based on sharks including a flower vase, plate, chopstick holder, and mug.


    Product Line-Up

    Shark One-Flower Vase | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

    Shark Plate | ¥3,080 (Tax Included)

    Shark Chopstick Holders (Set of 2) | ¥2,860 (Tax Included)

    Shark Mugs | ¥4,180 (Tax Included)

  • Unique Award-Winning ‘Yosegi Stool’ Releases in Japan

    19.June.2020 | FASHION

    The Yosegi School from luxury furniture brand TAMEN finally released in Japan on June 15, 2020. The stool was designed by TAMEN’s own Brooklyn-based Japanese product designer Yoshiaki Ito.

    Yoshiaki Ito is a Japanese product designer based and working in Brooklyn, a borough of New York—a city which itself is an innovator and leader in the contemporary art scene. After studying toy design at a famous US studio for seven years, Yoshiaki Ito set up Yoshi, Inc, and subsequently expanded to launch TAMEN, a brand specialising in high quality and luxury furniture and interior products.

    The product perhaps at the forefront of TAMEN’s diverse stock is the “Yosegi Stool.” Inspired by Japanese Kumiki puzzles, its success led it to win the A’ International Design Award in Italy and German Design Award throughout 2018 and 2019.

    The Yosegi Stool is crafted from Japanese hinoki cypress and jindai cedar. Its two-tone colour makes it fit in any space, and its multi-functionality means it can double as two stools or a table.

    Where the stool shines is how it incorporates both Yosegi inlaid wood patterns and the traditional geometric wooden joint technique known in Japanese as Tsugite.

    The stool has been sold exclusively in select high-end furniture shops, like Sotheby’s Home in the US, and will now be released in Japan. The stool is made-to-order only and costs $2,500 (¥260,000).