March 25, 2010

2010 Bath Japanese Festival

We are excited to announce a super cool event happening in the UK this year. The 2010 Bath Japanese Festival will be an extravaganza of Book Arts, Films, Haiku and Renga and a lot more! Held on May 12th - 23rd 2010 the event will encompass a range of events and activities including Workshops in Book Making, Haiku and Origami, Live Poetry Performances and Open Mic session and Magic Lantern Film Night.


With Words' Alan Summers and Rachel Carvosso of Tokyo Art Beat & Japan Editor for Bristol's The Love of It in Partnership with Bath Libraries; Nikki Bennett & Uni-Verse; Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights; Writing Events Bath; Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (fondly known as BRSLI); and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010(Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan).

Love Japan? Love Books? Love Poetry? Love Films? then head to the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival from May 12 - May 23

More info here.


Bath Japanese Festival はイギリスのバスで5/12-5/23に行われるアートイベント。絵本作りや俳句、折り紙などのワークショップから、ポエトリーリーディングのパフォーマンス、映画上映など、様々なジャンルに渡るジャパニーズアートを紹介します。

February 19, 2010

Tokyo View

Masao been capturing Tokyo with his iPhone and has put together a set of recent snapshots taken this Winter in Tokyo. Check out the Tokyo View set on flickr for some real life images of this unique city.

Tokyo people work too hard

February 18, 2010

TM Link Love

We spend a great deal of time researching and reading up on all the super cool happenings here in Japan. Here are some of the interesting bits we have been finding recently.

Panasonic AD

Tokyo Art Beat
have released the Tokyo Art Beat iPhone App including a GPS nearby map to find events within walking distance.

Cross Gender
is pushing the latest skirts for men trend in Tokyo. The trend seems to be so popular, it is popping up in manga.

The 10th Tokyo Girls Collection will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Yokohama Arena and Japanese Streets has all the details.

Note Salt and Pepper Shakers featured on Outblush.

Unblock your nose with style

February 13, 2010

Eshimasa Live Painting @ Sabaku no Bara in Ginza


Eshimasa will be at Sabaku no Bara (Desert Rose) Ginza tonight for live body painting.
This event "Amazing Grace" features 6 tattoo artists and pole dancers. This is the first tattoo event held in the Ginza district.

Eshimasa's official site

Shunsuke Umiyama the brains and creativity behind the popular MicroWorks @ designboom mart2010


Shunsuke Umiyama, the brains and creativity behind the popular MicroWorks range of home wares and practical design pieces, is participating in the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2010. Umiyama shares his creations at the "designboom mart" section of the furniture fair.
The product label "massitem" to which MircoWorks contributes is also being exhibited at the Stockholm event this year. This is the first time for both MicroWorks and massitem to be involved in an overseas exhibition/market. It will be interesting to find out more about the crowd's response to the ranges designed and made in Japan.

MicroWorks Official Site

February 8, 2010

Cute Bento Creations

La Carmina, the author of Cute Yummy Time and Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants Tokyo, shares her cute bento tips in the recently aired NHK documentary.

January 29, 2010

Creating Street Designs

Ever wondered how funky independent creators whip up fashionable pieces for their ranges? Now you have the chance to see how it is done with Shojono Tomo. On February 6 the Tokyo-based illustrator is holding a workshop in Harajuku to share her stylish crafts.


Shojono Tomo Workshop

Place: Lovelies miou
Date:2/6 (Sat)


Shojono Tomo will provide the fabric and guidance. If you would like to create a piece to take home with you, the following will be available.

Shu Shu Accessory: 2000yen

Custom tees: 2500yen

Custom Tee with printed:5500yen

There is more she can offer.

January 28, 2010

TAB Needs Your Help in 2010

Five years ago, three art-loving friends started a non-profit organization to promote the Tokyo art and culture in Japan and abroad. Thus Tokyo Art Beat was born!

Today, TAB is the biggest online resource for Japanese art information with 33,000 archived events, 1100 TABlog reviews & interviews, read by 150,000 monthly visitors from 138 countries!

As the art world struggles against the impact of the global recession, TAB needs your help more than ever.

"Finding art events in Tokyo is very difficult.
That is why we need TAB to make it easier.
TAB is an invaluable part of Tokyo's art community.
Without it, the art scene would be lost.
If you are an art-lover we should support them"
Founder of TokyoMade- Masao Tamaoki

Help to save this vital and creative resource!!

TAB also have an online shop filled with sleekly design goodies! Check it out!

January 20, 2010

Tokyo Treats

Grab the latest Tokyo Art Map by Tokyo Art Beat, a bi-monthly guide to Tokyo's 50 most popular events.


Some cool announcements happening over on the Jean Snow blog. Word is a new web magazine called SNOW is soon to be launched. If Jean Snow has anything to do with it you can be sure it will be filled with the latest and greatest design and creative happenings going on in and around Tokyo. Looking forward to it very much.

January 19, 2010

Back in Tokyo

We have been welcomed back by a surprisingly warm Tokyo, well at least for this time of year. The forecast says mid teens all this week so we are happy to be offered that to adjust back into Tokyo Winter having come from a very warm Thai Winter.

A few snap shots of our adventure, from busy Bangkok to beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan.