Tokyo Design Festa Vol. 39

© J // Washing Rice Blog

© J // Washing Rice Blog

Last Saturday an old friend who flew over here for a wedding, who coincidentally I hadn’t seen since our wedding a few years back, invited me out to come with her to Design Festa 2014 going on that weekend at Tokyo Big Sight and catch up.

I hadn’t really looked up anything about it going in, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  My mental image was a bunch of art, crafts, local goods companies, and graphic/interior design companies coming together for a huge promotional and networking event.  I was a bit off the mark, though.  The event was much more laid back with a bunch of indies and upcoming artist and designers displaying and selling their wares.  If you’re looking for some cool new accessories or clothing, knick knacks or art prints to decorate your pad, or some insight on what the next big trend in the character world of Japan might be, this is the place for you.  The amount of talent showcased in one place was astounding, and I hope I’ve managed to capture a small part for anyone checking out this post.

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New Years Greetings

© illustration wanpug sozai blog

2014, the year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac. Variations include the unicorn and the pegasus.
© illustration wanpug sozai

Now that Christmas has passed, people are gearing up for the Japanese New Year, or Oshōgatsu.  Part of bring in the new year involves sending new years greetings cards, called nengajō, to family and friends.  These postcards arrive in your mail box on New Years Day if the sender posts before the Christmas deadline.

Think of it like the tradition of sending Christmas cards, but a little more involved because your mailing list will usually include acquaintances or connections that you may hardly ever see, or consider yourself very close to at all, out of politeness.

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