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A Designer’s Weekend in Tokyo

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As a designer, I am deeply influenced by the subtlety and simplicity inherent in Japanese designs. On my recent trip to Tokyo, I found many personal design inspirations at these five places.
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Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza, 7 Chome−7, 中央区銀座7丁目7−2 DNP銀座ビル1F
Dai Nippon Printing Company opened the Ginza Graphic Gallery (GGG) in 1986 to promote and preserve printed design created in Japan and around the world. Through out the year, exhibitions are held to highlight a figure or a theme in graphic design....
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18-12 Sarugakuchō, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0033, Japan
Mina Perhonen is a clothing brand that modern Japanese women have coveted for more than two decades. What sets this label apart is the combination of Japanese sensibilities and Finnish style. For each new collection, designer and owner Akira...
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Japan, 〒150-0033 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sarugakucho, 17−5 DAIKANYAMA T-SITE蔦屋書店 1号館、3号館、2号館1階
The new T-Site shopping complex is home to the flagship store for the Tsutaya chain of video and book megastores. (Full disclosure: I made the logo for them.) There’s a beautiful garden next to the bookstore where I like to read....
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Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza, 1 Chome−7−7 ポーラ銀座ビル2階
Wagashi are confections served in traditional tea ceremonies to evoke nature and the seasons. Try searching for videos of wagashi and you’ll find that it is a handmade art that requires one to be gentle and swift at the same time. Higashiya Ginza...