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2008/3/5


月のお皿 Tsukino-osara Moon Plate

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Originally Japan had many words to describe the moon according to its changing shape through waxing and waning. They are all elegantly named for the different phases: Shin-getsu (new moon), San-getsu (very fine moon of 2nd day), Mika-zuki (crescent, 3rd day ), Jougen no tsuki (bow shape moon of 7th day), Komochi-zuki (near full moon of 14th day), Tachimachi-zuki ( standing and waiting for the moon to appear, 17th day), Nemachi-zuki (Laying down and waiting for the moon to appear, 19th day), Ariake-zuki (morning moon, 26th day or general name after 16th) and so on.

The Moon Plate created by Mutsuko Shibata is a simple but imposing plate with a beautiful gold drizzled pattern. It has strength in its stillness. With a variety of food and seasonal ingredients available, you can enjoy the rich compliment of the two faces of the plate and food, a luxury in daily life.

You can arrange food to look like a hazy moon, or see a beam from the moon light in the golden drops. Besides being perfect to serve guests, the plate is also a good everyday item.

Dimensions:
Large  W 27 cm x D 27 cmx H 2.5 cm
Small   W 15 cm x D 15 cm x H 2 cm
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2007/6/5


北海道 浮見堂 Hokkaidou Ukimi-dou Ukimido Pagoda

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Ukimido is a two-story pagoda in Ukimido Park on the northern side of Lake Toya in Hokkaido. This vermillion pagoda was constructed in 1937 to enshrine Prince Shotoku.

According to the local legend, a priest traveling in the northern part of Japan once stayed at an inn Matsuhashitei in Toya Village in the early Taisho period (1912-1926). About a month later, when he left this village, he gave the inn keeper the statue of Prince Shotoku, which he had been carrying all the way, and said, “If you enshrine this statue, the village will be prosperous with industries.” To keep this promise, the pagoda was constructed in 1937 and the statue was enshrined here.

The pagoda was however hit by a direct stroke of lightening in 2003 and burned down with the statue. The people in Toyako Town raised the fund to reconstruct it because they believed Prince Shotoku had sacrificed himself for them. The pagoda and the statue were restored in 2004. In July every year, Prince Shotoku Festival is held together with Lake Toya Summer Festival, when a lot of tourists enjoy the festival parade and fireworks display.
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2007/5/11


奥山清行 Okuyama Kiyoyuki Kiyoyuki Okuyama

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Born 1959 in Yamagata City, Yamagata Pref., Japan.  Mr Okuyama worked for auto manufacturers in various strategic roles including as chief designers for GM (USA) and Porsche (Germany),  then as creative director at Pininfarina S.p.A.(Italia), later he became independent. He is well known worldwide as a designer for Maserati Quatrroporte, Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari Scaglietti. He also worked on industrial design projects in a wide range of fields including public transportation with trains and planes, furniture, product design, interior design, spatial design and urban planning. He created and marketed the “KEN OKUYAMA” brand for eyewear. In 2006, he established the “Yamagata Koubou” furniture brand. He is currently an honorary professor for the Industrial Design program at the Art Center College of Design (USA) and at the Kanazawa College of Art (Japan). He is also vice chair of the jury for the Good Design Award and runs the Yamagata Carrozzeria Project. He lives in Italy.
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坂 雅子 Ban masako Masako Ban

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Masako Ban is an internationally successful accessory designer. After working at Ban Shigeru Architects she turned her skills to becoming a graphic designer. In 2001, while in London, self taught she started working with accessory design. Upon returning to Japan, she founded her own company, “acrylic”. In 2005, her first collection was selected for the MOMA Design Store in New York, and in November of the same year, she opened her own store also called acrylic in Tokyo. Her work is characterized by simplicity in design, with the materials and finish also playing a very important part in the final product. As can be seen from the cutting technique used with the acrylic and sponge, she shows appreciation and respect for Japanese craft techniques and prefers to manufacture in Japan. In the future she plans to focus on expanding various collaboration series with Japanese traditional craft artists.
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2007/5/10


照明付きコートハンガー「SPIRAL」 Shomei-tuki Kohto Hanga 「Supairaru」 Illuminating Hanger “Spiral”

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For this piece, Mr. Kiyoyuki Okuyama, a prominent internationally acclaimed car designer renowned for his work for Porsche and Ferrari, combined the art of craftsmanship of Yamagata, his hometown, with modern technology and innovative design philosophy.  The Hanger with its original form of natural solid oak twisted as if driven by a screw, combined with illumination, produces an elegant interior scene.
In addition to the sculpted risqu? beauty that towers up the woven “spiral”, it combines the full sense of existence as an interior light with the functionality of a coat hanger.
The spiral structural form of the four solid oak bars is hand crafted using a unique technique. It is as if the art of craftsmanship which responded to Mr. Okuyama’s design is illuminating the beauty of Japanese tradition.
Each piece has a unique sculpture that ensures individual design and positioning of the elements.
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2007/1/23


高麗館 Kouraikan Kouraikan

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At one point along the Tozawa road in Yamagata Prefecture, a foreign and exotic mood and space suddenly appear then spread over the green mountains. This is the Kouraikan. The Kouraikan is a complex of buildings filled with an exotic mood, which was built to introduce Korean culture and history to Japan, as well as deepen mutual understandings between the people who visit.

The Kouraikan was opened in 1997 as a symbol of friendship between Korea and Tsutsumigawa-shi and to get in touch with the ancient culture of the Korean Peninsula. All kinds of buildings and shops can be found within the Kouraikan, including a product hall that exhibits and sells traditional articles of everyday use. There are also handicrafts on display, a food culture hall introducing Korean food, an ethnic culture hall introducing Korean customs and arts, as well as a Korean garden filled with Korean flowers, such as the 'mukuge' and the 'klein'. Another area is the Norimadan, where the townspeople gather for amusement. All of these facilities help create a real Korean atmosphere.

The Kouraikan exquisitely replicates aspects of Korean history and culture, and shows the fondness and harmonious relationship that Korea and Japan have, at the same time giving visitors a feeling of compassion and excitement.
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2006/12/17


呼子大橋 Yobuko-ohhashi The Yobuko Ohashi Bridge

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The Yobuko Ohashi Bridge connects Yobuko in Karatsu City and Kabeshima Island, Saga Pref. This bridge looks like two harps placed side by side. The bridge was completed in 1989. Its total length is 728 meters. It is the longest cable-stayed bridge with pressed concrete bridge girders. If you cross the bridge and get to Kabeshima Island, there on the hill lies “kaze-no-mieru-oka-koen (meaning the park where you can see the wind),” from which you can command a view of the Yobuko Ohashi Bridge, Ogawajima Island, and Kakarajima Island. Either viewing from Yobuko side or Kabeshima side, the bridge shows its elegant shape, although giving different impressions. The bridge piers glowing with the splendor of the setting sun is beautiful. After the sunset, the harbor town of Yobuko is lit up and the surface of the sea shines with reflection.
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2006/12/11


うちのこ紋 Uchinoko-mon Uchinoko Insignia

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Recently branding has been the focus of increased attention in popular media; now the focus has shifted from organizations to the individual, and we are all expected to have a brand!

Uchinoko-mon is a design agency who design not family insignia but personal insignia or logo. You can have your favorite painter design a special insignia, your unique brand to distinguish you in the modern world. They have various motif designs from plants and animals to portraits. While they inherit the tradition of Japanese insignia, their characteristic designs reflect a more contemporary take on modern aesthetic.

Uchinoko-mon also offer goods featuring personal insignia such as new year's cards or shop cards. You can also order stickers or labels for bottles.

Your personal insignia is the only one in the world. You can enjoy not only seeing it but using it and applying it for your personal branding needs.
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