Paris, Tokyo: Gildas and Masaya – MAISON KITSUNÉ
In this episode Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki invite us inside Maison Kitsuné, a fashion / music / coffee house, launched fifteen years ago, whose global outlook has revolutionised the world of fashion—marrying a Japanese culture of precision with Parisian exuberance. Created in 2002 in Paris, initially as a clothing line, the brand would quickly branch out, also becoming a record label thanks to one particularly fruitful trip to Japan. It was there, in the company of Daft Punk, that Loaëc would work on the iconic film Interstella 5555 illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto (the creator of Albator) and an enduring love story between the brand of the fox (Kitsune means fox in Japanese) and the land of the rising sun began.
‘The idea isn’t to create a brand that is just well known, but a brand that is well-loved’ says Kuroki. It is thanks to this outlook that the Fox is now expanding across the globe, with four boutiques in Paris and four in Tokyo. It is here that we met the two founders who shared with us their passion for their creation.
The Tattoos that Marked the Criminals of the Edo Period
Traditional tattoos were strong signifiers; murderers had head tattoos, while theft might result in an arm tattoo.
Toulouse-Lautrec and His Japanese Influences
Inspired by his Japanese counterparts, the painter reinvented form and technique within his art and is indebted to printmaking techniques.
Recipe for Ichiraku Ramen from ‘Naruto’ by Danielle Baghernejad
Taken from the popular manga with the character of the same name who loves ramen, this dish is named after the hero's favourite restaurant.
A House Uniting Modernity with Okinawan Nature and Tradition
Atop a small hill in Nanjo City, Okinawa, there sits a large house with a concrete roof. It is the home-cum-office of Toshiyuki Igarashi.
Recipe for Green Tea Pudding by Emi Shimizu
Matcha is appearing increasingly more often on Western dessert menus, like in this creamy pudding that contains no dairy products.