It’s the time of the year again for Tokyo Art Book Fair!
Held every year at the Kyoto University of Art & Design, Tohoku University of Art & Design Gaien Campus in Tokyo’s chic Aoyama area. This year, each visitor gets a cool orange drawstring bag courtesy of Beams Japan!
So what’s in that bright coloured bag?
A guidebook and a floor guide on each exhibitor.
Split into 2 floors breaming with creativity, here are some of artists and booths that caught my attention!
Rumi Hara and her fun illustrations and zines. Spot the funky pompom card!
Makomo is well known for his style in character illustration.
One of my favourite illustrators, Grace Lee and her zine “You need more than 2 hours at the MET”.
On display: Irma Boom is famous for making a tiny version of her gigantic books that she publishes.
Always bursting with pop colours, Toshihiro Mori’s works have been used in CD covers and more.
I especially love Mari Oogo’s simple yet colourful illustrated calendars.
Mari’s prints and items for sale!
Not your ordinary Alphabet book! Check out Hyunho’s alphabet book here!
Did you know?!
Polkaros first launched the Japon and Polkaros Lifestyle zines at past TABFs!
You can still get them via our Polkaros Shop! Especially if you love all things Japan, be sure to check our Japon zine out!
★ Japon A little zine inspired by Traditional Japanese Craft
★ Polkaros Lifestyle Zine
Introducing our new Content Curator, Junel Che.
Junel is a Singapore-born illustrator and web-designer based in Tokyo.
She will be curating stories on crafts, art, design and lifestyle events for the Polkaros blog.
Welcome Junel to the Polkaros Team!
Sakura started to bloom last weekend and they are already starting to fall! Yesterday I took some time off work to enjoy Hanami in Chirodorigafuchi park with good friend Hiki. We wanted to check out the Chiyoda area as we hardly go to that part of Tokyo together. It was an extremely warm day for Spring and the light was perfect for photography. The park surrounding the emperor palace is beautiful and it might be one of the most beautiful Sakura sights I’ve seen. The river had a lovely gradient of turquoise and green, and it was a nice complement to the light pink Sakura.
Today is a day of grief for Singaporeans as we say our goodbyes to Singapore’s founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
I must say as a teenager living in Singapore, I was never really appreciative and have always wanted to leave Singapore in search of culture, creativity and freedom. After living in Japan for 10 years and having to travel a lot for work, I now realise how much freedom and mobility I actually have as a Singaporean. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the stability in my home country. I was given an equal chance as my peers or someone in a developed country to pursue my dreams. This equality did not come easy and we must never forget the hardship that has brought us here.
Thank you Mr. Lee for the fight that has not only provided us with a comfortable life but the equal rights and freedom to pursue our dreams as Singaporeans.
* * * * * The five stars on our national flag depict Singapore’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. May these ideals continue to guide us as a nation.
More from ‘Some No Komichi 染の小道’. Besides outdoor exhibition, there were also many indoor workshops that you could participate in to learn more about traditional dyeing techiques. Here in Futaba-en, you can try dyeing your own textile with Edo dyeing techniques.
Futaba-en also had a small shop and cafe area at the back during the event. They created a very nice space with modern products made with traditional techniques. The music selection was also perfect!
Once a year, my neighbourhood comes to life in an event called ‘Some no Komichi 染の小道’. The Ochiai/Nakai district used to be filled with up to 300 small dyeing factories from Showa period to 1950’s. Today it is still home to some artisans and is a meeting place for people who are interested to learn about Japanese dyeing techniques. This 3-day event usually held during the last weekend of February, celebrates its dyeing heritage with colorful hand-dyed textile and hands-on dyeing workshops. Shopfronts are decorated with hand-dyed ‘Noren’ (Japanese curtains) and colorful dyed kimono cloths are raised over the Myoshoji river where dyed clothes used to be washed. Many visitors come dressed in kimono which makes it feel like you have traveled back in time.
Duration: 27 Feb ~ 1 Mar 2015 (Usually held on the last weekend of February each year)
Closet station: Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line/ Toei Oedo Line
Event map: http://www.somenokomichi.com/2015map
Official Site (mostly in Japanese): http://www.somenokomichi.com/
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