Another of my favourite spaces, ggg is a contemporary gallery that celebrates works of prominent graphic designers from Japan and abroad. Located in luxury Ginza shopping district, this little gem always has impressively curated exhibitions. And the prestigious Tokyo Type Directors Club's annual exhibition takes place here every year.
I still treasure my copy of Josef Müller-Brockmann retrospective that I bought from their lovely bookshop all those years ago. It's a must for any graphic design lover.
Like myself most Tokyo creatives hold a soft spot for this place. Founded in 1917, this cute nostalgic art store has all the best things that analog has to offer. From original handmade stationery, sketchbooks designed with the golden ratio to award-winning housemade water colours. All tailored towards meticulous-minded creatives.
They’ll even lend you paints and brushes so that you can draw a little masterpiece on a postcard in their cafe located in the basement. Tokyo charm doesn't get much better than this.
I often like to get outside the city, and just an hour from Shinjuku, there is the perfect thing to immerse yourself in Japanese craftsmanship. The ‘Furoshiki’ printing company is a family run business that lets you get an up-close insight into how craftsmen work their magic on Furoshiki — a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth – from template production to dyeing and quality control. You can get a rare first-hand experience of the entire process of this delicate craft.
Mr. Fukuda, the owner carries on this family tradition and has been schooled in the craft since he was in kindergarten. You can get in touch with my friend Kyoko at Link Collective for this intimate experience in their craftsman's workshop.
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