Mio Yamada, The Japan Times

Mio Yamada

The Japan Times


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Past articles by Mio:

Japan’s award-winning travel goods make any trip a breeze

Don't even think about leaving home without these mindfully produced travel essentials. → Read More

Japanese designers begin the year with responsible and eco-friendly products

A breathing pillow, a hard hat made from scallops and a ¥2,000,000 chair — what will they think of next? → Read More

To save Toyama's rural culture, it's all hands on deck

Communities in the Tonami Plain might be sparsely populated, but residents believe they're still worth saving. → Read More

Toyama puts itself on Japan’s map of sustainable tourism

From traditional architecture and local folk crafts to impressive temples and a luxury hotel, Toyama’s rural Tonami Plain is rich with culture. → Read More

Designart Tokyo 2022 envisions a more sustainable future

Through Oct. 30, Tokyo abounds with functional and fantastical designs. → Read More

Colorful design gets its moment in the sun

The summer heat got you down? Perk up with these vivid designs and materials inspired by the season. → Read More

Sitting pretty at the world’s largest furniture and interior design fair

Looking to spruce up your home? Italy’s Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone exhibitions are chock-full of inspiring designs. → Read More

A fabricated future: Awards highlight pioneers of material design

Fantastic, futuristic materials may one day become the building blocks of a sustainable present. → Read More

A window of opportunity for Japanese glassware

Introducing some eye-catching new glassware products that have been made with different Japanese glass-making techniques. → Read More

Evolving Japanese crafts find a home in the U.K.

Artisans are pushing boundaries in the U.K., where a growing popularity of Japanese designs and concepts is being driven in part by increased concerns over sustainability. → Read More

Osaka small businesses with big design ideas

A design fair showcasing products from the Kansai region introduces 20 brands by local makers that range from food factories to manufacturers and traditional craftspeople. → Read More

Japanese creators step into the light with candle designs

Give your living space a warm, ambient touch with these three innovative lighting products. → Read More

Hide and seek: New looks for Japan’s leather industry

Examining three creators who are using the classic material in innovative, modern ways. → Read More

Designart 2021 is all about getting lucky

Ahead of its opening on Oct. 22, “On: Design” has picked a few standout events from this massive design showcase to help you make the most of the festival. → Read More

The latest Japanese interior design brings origami into the fold

The art of paper folding has been inspiring kids and adults for generations. “On: Design” looks at a few contemporary goods inspired by the aesthetics and utility of the time-honored craft. → Read More

Deck out your home with goods from these Olympic-level designers

Two major creators who enjoyed the limelight during the 2020 Tokyo Games, Nendo and Kengo Kuma, have recently released affordable, elegant items for the home. → Read More

Liberty London shares a deep love for Japan

Liberty’s rollout of its From Japan With Love collection of textiles, a collaboration with eight contemporary Japanese artists, includes a capsule collection of clothing and stationery. → Read More

Getting the dirt on Japan’s latest clay creations

Today, tiles are an architectural staple. Many are still made using traditional techniques, and some manufacturers are finding creative ways to revamp their wares for a wider audience. → Read More

Japan’s latest woodwork designs go against the grain

“On: Design” introduces innovative new products inspired by traditional bamboo and wood crafts. → Read More

Boutique design hotels for the discerning staycationer

Beautifully designed and reasonably priced, “On: Design” checks out four new hotels that offer out-of-the-ordinary stays. → Read More