The New Wave of the Aoyama Contemporary Art Scene
"SICF18 EXHIBITION" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
Spiral has long been the meeting place of wandering souls in the shady back streets of Tokyo’s Aoyama district. The building, completed in 1985 by architect Fumihiko Maki has become the de-facto headquarters of cultural life in Tokyo.
An invitation to wander freely, the SPIRAL INDEPENDENT CREATORS FESTIVAL (SICF) traditionally takes place during the Golden Week, a period of back-to-back bank holidays in Japan. This most recent nineteenth edition took place this year between April 29 and May 6, proving the occasion to explore the different practices of 172 artisans and craftspersons.
"SICF18 PLAY" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
WA BI GIN : (An Old) Affair of Passion
The Hombo Shuzo first became known for their shoshu, a Japanese traditional hard liquor. In 1960, the company then started investing in new areas of production: whisky and wine. Having opened a produc
NIHONSHU: Crafting Sake
Nihonshu—sake clear as water—is characterized by its softness and the very complex aromas it releases.
Koinobori Now! The Franco-Japanese Trend that’s in the Air
Spring-like and more colourful than cherry-tree flowers, koinobori dot the Japanese landscape. But what exactly are koinbori? They are in fact wind socks that can be attached to bamboo sticks, created
No Ordinary Business Card
Making one’s way down Harumi Street, away from the luxury department stores and elegant shops of Chuo Avenue towards Tsukiji, in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district, among the narrow alleys behind the Kabu
Léo Berne, Polygamous Photographer
Léo Berne has two loves: Japan, and the magnetic Mathilde Warnier. It is this dual passion which inspires him to produce trivial, fascinating, often sensual images, which he posts on his Instagram acc