Traditional Japan Meets Modern Design At Tokyo Collection Week

Traditional Japan meets modern design at Tokyo Collection WeekJapanese fashion designers left a strong impression that they were revisiting their cultural heritage in the 2013 spring-summer Tokyo Collection Week event.

Japan’s latest creations were full of local charm that was neither high-end nor fast fashion. Fifty brands took part in the event, and at least one Japanese designer looked inward, literally, to the bare bones of style.

Traditional Public Bathhouses Live On In Old Kyoto

Traditional public bathhouses live on in old KyotoArchitectural designer Rena Yoshida loves the ambience of old Kyoto and even chooses to live in a traditional "machiya" wooden townhouse with no shower or bathtub.

After work, she packs up her gear--bar of soap, shampoo, washing towel and little basin--and sets off to the neighborhood "sento," just like the old days.

Refreshing Ideas Breathing New Life Into The Traditional Kimono

Refreshing ideas breathing new life into the traditional kimonoElegant, elaborate and expensive, the kimono ranks alongside Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms as one of Japan's most recognizable symbols. Yet despite its fame overseas, the traditional robe-and-sash ensemble has all but vanished from everyday life in its native land, largely displaced by modern, Western-style fashion.

Hoto Fudo Yamanashi , A Traditional Restaurant

HOTO FUDO , Yamanashi , A Traditional RestaurantThis is a building like inside and outside. The project was planned on the site with Mt. Fuji rising closely in the south and the two sides facing the trunk roads.

This building seems to belong to such nature objects as mountains and clouds. It is made from soft geometry, which will not arise from the figures like quadrangles and circles.

Designer Adds Zing To Traditional Lacquerware

Designer adds zing to traditional lacquerwareFor traditionalists, Japanese lacquerware consists of wooden trays and bowls in somber red and black.

But the products of Sendai-based designer Koichiro Kimura boldly go where lacquerware has never gone before.

The 48-year-old creates pieces with flashes of hot pink, white and polka-dots, as well as matte gold and silver.

Kyoto Hopes Traditional Houses Will Breed Manga Talent

Kyoto hopes traditional houses will breed manga talentAspiring manga artists are being encouraged to live together in traditional "kyo-machiya" row houses as part of an effort to make Japan’s ancient capital into a force in 21st century pop culture.

Kyoto city government says it will provide financial assistance and help find the artists’ side jobs to cover their rent and living expenses.