design

Fashion Trends: The salmon swimming up stream!

Japan is one of those countries where there is a high level of conformity, it’s visible everywhere. From a very young age, the concept of fitting in and being one of the group is ingrained into young minds. My style But, this doesn’t apply to everyone! There are a lot of people out there who…

4 Unique and Elegant Boutique Hotels in Kyoto

According to Wikipedia, “boutique” is a term used to describe small hotels in unique settings with upscale accommodations. The idea of boutique styles for hotels is recently evolving and developing in Japan, but this concept has existed for a long time in some way, known as “ryokan”. Are you looking for a special type of…

MT’s Washi Tape: World-Famous Japanese Masking Tape

If you spent some time on image sharing websites on the internet, you have probably seen washi tape in one way or another. But did you know it actually comes from Japan? The word washi comes from the word “wa” in Japanese meaning “traditional Japanese”, and “shi” meaning paper. So basically washi tape is traditional…

3 Unique Guesthouses to Brighten Your Trip to Tokyo

When you come to Japan, for many travellers, the first destination will be Tokyo, the biggest city in Japan. But, where is a good place to stay in Tokyo? Business hotels? Ryokan, or Japanese-style hotels? Guesthouses? Each place has its own merits. Guesthouse are generally the cheapest option, and you can enjoy your stay with…

Claska Hotel, designers’ hidden gem in Tokyo

“Mata ashita” can be literally translated into “until tomorrow” which in Japan is used as “see you again tomorrow”. Well, if you have stayed in Claska Hotel, I’m positive you will want to say it out loud! Claska Hotel is oozing charm of mid-century modern interiors with a Japanese twist. Claska is located in one…

Love Fashion and History? 4 Fashion Museums to Visit in Japan

With its forward-thinking technology combined with tradition and edgy aesthetics of Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, it is not surprising that Japan has become one of the leaders in global fashion. Although a visit to Japan may not be complete without stopping by famous landmarks such as Tokyo Tower or Asakusa, a…

The art of the Japanese Gardens

Even those who live outside of Japan probably also know that Japanese gardens have a unique and different style. In Japan, the garden design is one of the most important forms of art. The most beautiful Japanese gardens can mostly be found in Kyoto. Japanese gardens styles also vary; dry stone gardens that are used…