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MIZUTORI is a maker of modern Geta sandals that went from making traditional geta clogs to modern style geta sandals. Read the full story about this exceptional tranformation and the struggles MIZUTORI went through.

Did you know that walking with Geta sandals is healthy for your feet?

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NOUSAKU – Traditional Casting Techniques Applied to Contemporary Designs

NOUSAKU Casting

NOUSAKU is a producer of Takaoka Casting. The region of Takaoka has been famous for casting mainly Buddhist alter fittings made of tin and brass since 400 years. NOUSAKU was established in 1916 and is managed by the fourth generation of the Nousaku family. The family and company by itself are already a subject by itself. 能 (NOU) 作(SAKU) mean intelligent creation. There is no better to describe the products made by NOUSAKU.


 

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RIUSUKE FUKAHORI 深堀隆介 – GOLDFISH SALVATION

Sunday, January 15, 2012 6:54 PM

RIUSUKE FUKAHORI 深堀隆介 – GOLDFISH SALVATION

Riusuke Fukahori Artwork

Riusuke Fukahori was born 1973 in Aichi prefecture where he also graduated at a design university in 1995. It is on 2002 that Riusuke started using acrylic and resin to meticulously draw goldfish layer by layer to achieve a 3D effect close to a sculpture. The result are very realistically looking goldfishes frozen in time swimming in all kind of containers ranging from wooden tubs in all sizes, shells, metal boxes or bamboo.


 

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WAFRICA – AFRICA MEETS JAPANESE KIMONO

Sunday, December 4, 2011 4:06 PM

WAFRICA – AFRICA MEETS JAPANESE KIMONO

WAFRICA

Japanese Kimono and Obi-belts are known for their rich designs and represent the heart of traditional Japanese culture. African designer Serge MOUANGUE who works and lives in Japan saw an analogy to African traditional patterns and initiated the WAFRICAproject to bring these two worlds together. The word WAFRICAcombines the Japanese word WA , which means Japanese, and the word Africa. This perfectly represents the marriage of Japan and Africa intended from the WAFRICAproject.


 

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