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Tegamisha Book & Coffee Cafe

Spend an afternoon in a quiet neighbourhood of Chofu city at one of Tokyo’s alternative book cafe, Tegamisha (手紙舎カフェ), locataed just 30 minutes away from Shinjuku. With tastefully curated shelves of books and zines on art, craft and lifestyle, it’s one place you should come by if you’re in Tokyo.

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There is a little cozy cafe at the back of the store, or upstairs at Level 2 where you can enjoy a good cup and cake while you read a book, or have a go at their daily food menu.

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Tegamisha has a great selection of zakka by Japanese craftsmen that we love! And they also organise a craft market called Nominoichi that we will talk about in our next post.

Find out more about Tegamisha here.

Tegamisha Honten
Address: 4-23-35 Nishitsutsujigaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0006, Japan
Directions: 10 minutes walk from Tsutsujigaoka Station (Keio line) South Exit

Tegamisha Book & Coffee and 2nd Story
Address: 1 Chome-17-5 Kikunodai, Chōfu-shi, Tōkyō-to 182-0007, Japan
Directions: 1 minute walk from Shibasaki Station (Keio line)


Anniversary MiLK Pop-up Store, Omotesando Hills

Our favourite Kids, Art & Design Magazine, MiLK Japon is now having a pop-up store “Anniversary MiLK” in Omotesando Hills and we just had to pay them visit!

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Spot the Singapore label! The adorable origami pins from Hug-a-Porcupine!

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If you are around the area, we really think you should drop by Anniversary MiLK Pop-up Store for some fun! But before you hit downtown Tokyo, why not dress up with Polkaros accessories?


Tokyo Design Week 2015

Polkaros made a trip to Tokyo Design Week 2015 this week and it was great fun appreciating all emerging designer’s work at the event. Here’s Tokyo Design Week, Polkaros style!

DSC03913This year’s Design Week theme is “interactive” and hence, most of the exhibits are related to “interactive” in one way or another. From colourful Japanese clogs called geta, traditional crafts to modern spaces and ideas!

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Behind the scenes of Polkaros! [Part 1/2]

Ever wonder how your pots are painted? Let’s take a peek into our initial stages of pot painting at our studio!
Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Polkaros studio behind the scenes
We create little handy design guides for our pots.

Polkaros studio behind the scenesDiscussion of workflow before we get started. Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Checking for defects before we start our painting process.

Polkaros studio behind the scenesTaking reference to the ceramic colour guides on the wall. Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Mixing and getting our signature pastel colours and shades right.

Polkaros studio behind the scenes

It’s not all done yet! Stay tuned later this week for the finishing steps before firing them at the kiln!


Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015

It’s the time of the year again for Tokyo Art Book Fair!

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!
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Rumi Hara and her fun illustrations and zines. Spot the funky pompom card!
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Makomo is well known for his style in character illustration.
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One of my favourite illustrators, Grace Lee and her zine “You need more than 2 hours at the MET”.
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On display: Irma Boom is famous for making a tiny version of her gigantic books that she publishes.
DSC03793 Always bursting with pop colours, Toshihiro Mori’s works have been used in CD covers and more.
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DSC03806 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

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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!

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Spring!

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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.

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