Tendo Mokko Rethinks Japanese Modernity With ‘Japanese Modern / 80 Project’ to Celebrate 80th Anniversary
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.
Tendo Mokko & Japanese Modern
Running: July 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021
Location: DAIKANYAMA T-SITE (Design Floor – 1F)
TEL: 03-3770-2525 (Architecture/Design Floor)
Event Details: https://store.tsite.jp/daikanyama/event/architectural-design/20996-1713490702.html
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/daikanyama/
Chainsaw Man Gets Mini Exhibition at TSUTAYA Locations Nationwide Starting December 23
19.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The globally popular anime series Chainsaw Man will get a mini-exhibition at TSUTAYA and TSUTAYA Books locations nationwide from December 23, 2022 until January 22, 2023. A special poster is being prepared for the exhibition and original drawings will be on display. New merchandise will be available during the event period. For more information, follow MAPPA’s official Twitter page (@MAPPA_Info) for updates!
Original Reproductions to be on Display
One original reproduction will be displayed at each of the approximately 300 participating stores.
Details on MAPPA x TSUTAYA Chainsaw Man Mini-Exhibition Goods
Acrylic Keychain (4 varieties), ¥935 each / Pin (4 varieties, random), ¥550 each / Acrylic Figure (4 varieties), ¥1,925 each / Clear Folder (4 varieties), ¥440 each / Leather Sticky Note Book (4 varieties), ¥605 each / Premium Postcard Holder (1 variety), ¥1,760 each / Mobile Accessory Case (1 variety), ¥2,200 each
As a purchase bonus, guests spending ¥2,200 (including tax) or more will receive a limited edition postcard (4 varieties).
Chainsaw Man Mini-Exhibition
Running: December 23, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Venue: TSUTAYA locations nationwide, TSUTAYA Books (participating locations only) *See the website for list of stores.
Special Website: https://tsutaya.tsite.jp/article/animation/481.html
Interior Shop Francfranc Reveals Disney Princess Collection
06.September.2022 | FASHION
Japanese furniture and home decor company Francfranc has just launched a collection inspired by popular Disney princesses! The PRINCESS DAYS by Francfranc collection was inspired by five beloved Disney princesses, and fans can find these unique items at Francfranc stores nationwide and online.
To celebrate the launch, customers can take a quiz on the Francfranc website to find out which Disney princess they are and which goods they should buy!
Customers can choose from items inspired by Rapunzel, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, or Belle. Which princess do you think would best accent your home decor?
PRINCESS DAYS by Francfranc
Release Date: September 2, 2022
Where to Buy: Francfranc Stores Nationwide, Francfranc Online Shop
Disney Princes Item Quiz: https://francfranc.com/pages/pd-shindan
Official Site: https://francfranc.com
Evangelion’s Unit 1 Featured on Limited Edition Edo Faceted Glass at Tsutaya Books Daikanyama
The first Evangelion-themed Edo faceted glasses were released in November 2021, and Tsutaya Books Daikanyama will soon be selling limited quantities online! These items were previously only available to purchase locally.
Evangelion Unit 1 Edo Faceted Glass: ¥64,900 (Tax Included)
The Evangelion Unit 1 Edo Faceted Glass was designed along with a traditional pattern inspired by chrysanthemums, which symbolize longevity in Japanese culture. While the standard colors of faceted glass are red and blue, the gold and purple colors used in this unique item are extremely difficult to create, with only a few factories capable of producing them.
The glassware is designed and cut by Kosho Nemoto at Nemoto Glass, which has produced the finest Edo faceted glass in Tokyo for three generations. The webpage below also explains how these glasses are produced.
The product is scheduled to be released in late June 2022 and is currently available for pre-order. The amount available is extremely limited, so be sure to order as soon as possible if you’d like to add one of these valuable glasses to your collection.
Stationery Fair Opens at Tsutaya Books Nara
A popular stationery event held last year is back! The pop-up space on the first floor of Tsutaya Books Nara has been filled to the brim with unique stationery items from a number of creators. Guests can grab these inspiring items from March 15 until April 17, 2022.
Visitors can use a variety of printing techniques like letterpress and foil stamping at echos. Connect with your loved ones through printing and design, and show your creativity!
These nostalgic yet new paper products pull from Showa-era illustrators to give an authentic antique feel.
This general store and gallery is located in Nanba, Osaka. The shop mainly deals in original handmade goods, antique European tools, and merchandise by illustrator makomo. Both store owners are stationary lovers, and they have recently begun offering a wide selection of paper products of all genres and styles.
Otome Printing makes paper goods by printing each sheet of paper one color at a time on a letterpress! The handmade printing gives each sheet a one-of-a-kind feel by virtue of the indentation of the printing plate, ink blurring, and crooked prints. The lineup includes postcards, letterheads, pouch bags, and gift bags decorated with these unique prints.
Printing Studio Tan
Printing Studio Tan has been making Nara-inspired letterpressed pieces since it opened its doors. The symbol for ‘tan’ refers to the color of red earth, symbolizing the values of ancient Nara, once the central city of Japan. The company’s products feature ancient patterns associated with classic Japanese culture.
Kei Printing, with a factory in Kobe, offers delicate items with incredible attention to detail. With the goal of designing ‘memorable printed materials,’ customers are sure to find items that will help them to express themselves.
With a storefront located in Tenmabashi, Osaka, Yonagadou also has a small gallery in the back featuring items from both Japan and abroad. The shop offers a wide variety of small items, from Taisho and Showa-inspired paper goods, handkerchiefs, and more.
This year, paper lovers will find an array of products using letterpress printing. Many items were also inspired by Nara, so travel lovers will also be thrilled!
Tsutaya Books Nara Stationery Fair
Running: March 15 – April 17, 2022
Location: Tsutaya Books Nara 1F Pop-up Space
Ginza Tsutaya to Opens Spring Ceramics Fair
Ginza Tsutaya, located on the 6th floor of the GINZA SIX department store, is now holding a Spring Ceramic Fair until March 7, 2022.
Many popular ceramic artists are coming together for the event. This year’s lineup includes dishes and mugs with botanical patterns and animal motifs in spring-like colors to add color to tables and living spaces. A large number of works, from vases to tableware and even ceramic brooches, will be on display, including works by Wato Maekawa and Oda Pottery.
Participating Ceramic Artists
After studying pottery in England, Imai currently lives and works in Mashiko, Tochigi Prefecture. This year’s exhibition will show off her dyed works, including Zougan works, a technique in which different materials are inlaid into one material. Enjoy her small plates and teapots with soft colors.
Miki Furuhata is a pottery artist in Nagano. Using gentle colors and unique self-made glaze, her colorful pieces are a lovely addition to one’s daily life.
Hanako Sakashita uses a ‘kneading’ technique, in which colorful clays are kneaded together to create patterns, marbles, stripes, checks, and countless other patterns. Enjoy the many textures, shades, and patterns found in her works!
A ceramic artist living in Toyama Prefecture, Wato Maegawa creates works inspired by the four seasons. Her flower-shaped plates are reminiscent of Japanese sweets.
Using candle wax to make prototypes, these ceramic brooches and boxes are made with a technique adapted from candle making. These hand-painted pieces are very popular, and those on sale in this year’s exhibition are covered with flowers, birds, and animals in spring colors.
Oda Pottery was founded in 1921 in Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture. Their lineup features vases that are easy to incorporate into any interior.
Ginza Tsutaya Spring Ceramics Fair
Running: February 7 – March 7, 2022 *The exhibition will end when all works are sold.
Location: Stationary Area
Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth” to Open at Tsutaya Ginza
From January 15 until February 4, 2022, an exhibition of Naoki Nomura’s works will be on display at the Tsutaya location in Ginza, Tokyo. The art show will feature ten ceramic works created between 2015 and 2021, tracing Nomura’s history and growth as an artist.
Strawberry Girl. 2020
Naoki Nomura was familiar with clay before he became an artist. Fascinated by the firing of clay and the beautiful colors of finished ceramics, Nomura’s works are inspired by daily life. Fans of the artist’s work have fallen in love with his strangely adorable ‘creatures,’ each featuring a strange appearance. Some are wearing seasonal fruits, others have distinctive hairstyles, and all of them have ambiguous and unreadable expressions.
Visitors are invited to imagine their own stories as they wander the exhibition.
Comment from the Artist
There are so many little discoveries to be made in our daily lives.
Through our encounters with various objects and people, through our casual conversations, our imagination expands and we invent our own stories.
The characters from my own stories take up residence in my mind and using my hands, I have brought them into the real world.
Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth”
Running: January 15 – February 4, 2022
Location: Tsutaya Ginza, In Front of the Information Counter
TSUTAYA Nara Location Opens HAPPA STAND Fair to Highlight Traditional Japanese Tea Culture
From December 21, 2021 until February 13, 2022, TSUTAYA Nara will hold the HAPPA STAND Fair to coincide with the traditional holiday season. This special location will highlight traditional Japanese teacups under the concept of ‘Be Classic, Not Old.’ Enjoying traditional tea doesn’t have to be old school–it can be chic and fit into a modern lifestyle as well.
HAPPA STAND is located on a corner in Mino, Gifu Prefecture, surrounded by classic Japanese homes. This area is an important traditional building preservation district and aims to blend the chic with the classic to attract visitors and show off local artisans and food.
The creator of this event previously lived abroad, and after experiencing ‘fake Japanese food culture,’ he decided to return to Japan to find a way to highlight the reality of Japanese cuisine. HAPPA STAND was initially begun in 2018.
The stylish store was renovated from an old house built over 150 years ago, and is filled with delicious tea grown in Uji, Kyoto, and local Mino ware ceramics. For those thinking of enjoying a taste of authentic Japan, this won’t be a place to miss.
HAPPA STAND Fair
Running: December 21, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Address: TSUTAYA Nara Store 1F
Karimoku Furniture Releases Item Inspired by Disney’s Twisted Wonderland “Mirror of Darkness
20.December.2021 | FASHION
Karimoku Furniture has started taking orders for items inspired by the Mirror of Darkness from the smartphone game Disney’s Twisted Wonderland, which features characters inspired by the villains that adorn Disney’s works (Villains), from December 18, 2021.
Karimoku Furniture has been developing the latest woodworking technology research and applications at its own factories for a while now, with the aim of improving the quality and value of wooden furniture. Don’t miss out on this unique item, which features the “Disney Twisted Wonderland” logo on the back of the mirror and on the packaging.
Karimoku Furniture x Disney’s Twisted Wonderland
Where to order:
Display of actual samples : Karimoku Furniture Odaiba Showroom
Official Site: https://www.karimoku.co.jp
Boy Band BE:FIRST Celebrates Debut by Becoming the Managers of Shibuya’s Tsutaya
BE:FIRST, scheduled to make their debut on November 3, will serve as the managers of Shibuya’s Tsutaya location for a limited time. Visitors can enjoy some exclusive privileges and see special videos only at this location during the event.
The group was assembled during BMSG’s ‘THE FIRST’ audition and will release their first single Gifted next month. The sales floor of Shibuya’s Tsutaya location will be decorated to celebrate, with huge panels of each member lining the aisles and a huge monitor showing videos of the band.
Those who purchase the Gifted single at this location will be given a special Store Manager member card (7 varieties) at random. Those who purchase the CD from the Shibuya Tsutaya official online store will also receive this special gift!
Daikanyama T-SITE Holds Exhibition to Celebrate Marimekko Art Book Release
30.September.2021 | FASHION
Marimekko, a Finnish textile and fashion company, has been a major inspiration in the art world for 70 years. The Japanese edition of Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking, published by Thames & Hudson to commemorate the brand’s 70th anniversary, will be released on October 1, 2021. To commemorate the release of this highly-anticipated art book, a special Marimekko exhibition and pop-up store are coming to Daikanyama T-SITE starting on September 21, feating an outdoor installation featuring Marimekko printed fabrics. A bookstore display of photos taken by Osma Harvalahti, along with other Marimekko art books, will be waiting for interested guests.
The four chapters of Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking highlight the collaborations and colorful print designs that the Finnish brand has released over the years through vintage archival photos and advertisements. The tome contains the philosophy of the Marimekko brand, and introduces the Herttoniemi print factory, working with the inspirational brand since its inception. In the future, Marimekko aims to be more sustainable while also finding new sources of boundless creativity.
Fans of art and history shouldn’t miss out on this limited-time event, running until October 15, 2021!
Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking Exhibition & Pop-Up Store
Running: September 21 – October 15, 2021
Address: Daikanyama T-SITE (16-15 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://store.tsite.jp/daikanyama/
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?
Afternoon Tea LIVING 40th Anniversary Celebration
When: September 10, 11, 17, 18
Where: Afternoon Tea LIVING Stores, Online Shop
Official Site: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/living/
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.
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?