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Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Competing Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Two Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


“MIMI The Cannibal Girl” Mondo Green Ghost Edition Release

Tomenosuke has announced that their "MIMI The Cannibal Girl" Mondo Green Ghost Edition will be released this weekend. From the controversial 1980's horror film - Cannibal Holocaust - this edition of the Japanese sofubi figure was made for three leading retail hobby shops in Japan. However, for overseas collectors that could not be purchased from them, Tomenosuke is offering up a few extras. You can visit Tomenosuke's international online store this weekend - January 12th 2019 - at 23:59 JST ...
Tags: Toys, Japan, Tomenosuke


Otonali, a Japanese-Inspired Restaurant in Brittany

New from French chef Bertrand Larcher, owner of the Breizh Café empire of Breton-style crêperies: Otonali, a restaurant in St.-Malo, Brittany, which combines traditional Japanese dishes with Breton ingredients and influences. Larcher opened his first crêpe restaurant in Tokyo back in 1996 and has since expanded to nine locations across Japan plus three in France: in Cancale, Paris, and St.-Malo. Though the crêperies are unabashedly in the Breton style—they use the traditional buckwheat batter an...
Tags: Books, Japan, France, Restaurants, Paris, Tokyo, Michelin, French, Japanese, Black, Brittany, Bertrand, Breton, Alki, St Malo, Restaurant Visit


America's Fiber Future: Susan Crawford on how America's wired future is slipping away

No one in America explains the importance of good network policy than Susan Crawford (previously), a one-woman good sense factory when it comes to Network Neutrality, municipal fiber, and reining in the excesses of the goddamned ISP industry. Her latest book is Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution―and Why America Might Miss It, a timely and urgent look at how America is sacrificing its digital future, productivity, connectivity, social mobility, entrepreneurial growth, education, and every other p...
Tags: South Korea, Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, Japan, News, Cable Company Fuckery, China, Singapore, US, America, United States, Korea, Lionel Messi, Seoul


Steal This Look: A Botanical Stylist’s Creative Kitchen Remodel in London

Leave it to a botanical stylist to come up with a kitchen like this one: serene and bright, with an installation of dried and living botanical displays. It’s the kitchen of Yasuyo Harvey, who got her start in London working with designer Faye Toogood. Yasuyo and her husband, Phil, remodeled the kitchen of their 1930s house in Worcester Park with the help of friend Ryuta Hirayama, who works with architects Jonathan Tuckey Design. The plans included an extension, custom maple plywood cabinetry, an...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Japan, New York, London, France, Brooklyn, Italy, Belgium, Japanese, Falcon, Benjamin Moore, Botanical Art, Kitchens, Modern House, Phil


Trending on The Organized Home: Life-Changing Organization Resolutions

This week on The Organized Home: the year in review, plus some “new year, new you” resolutions to help you get organized. Here’s a look: Above: “If you’re looking for motivation to kickstart a decluttering project this month, consider making a Netflix date to watch Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. After all, it’s like a free session with the world’s most famous professional organizer,” writes Fan. Read the rest of her review in Is Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ Life-Changing? Kind Of! Ph...
Tags: Books, Japan, Matthew Williams, Netflix, Vancouver, Marie Kondo, Konmari, Linh Truong, Storage & Organization, Trending on The Organized Home


Top 10 Tea Books of All Time For Tea Lovers – Part 2

Continued from Monday’s post 6. “Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea: Discovering Producing Regions and Their Teas” by Jane Pettigrew If you are ready to take your tea knowledge to the next level, dive into “Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea”. It will take you on a wonderful journey through 60 tea producing regions of the world; touching on their history, local tea culture, and rituals, terroir, cultivars, etc. Become a real tea connoisseur and enjoy your cuppa on a whole new level. 7. “Tea: A Us...
Tags: Tea, Books, Japan, World, Product Reviews, United States, Jane Pettigrew, Tea Books of All Time For Tea Lovers, Tea Books of All Time For Tea Lovers Part, Krisi Smith, Nick Kilby, Louise Cheadle, Green Tea Cha, Kei Nishida Green, Green Tea Cha In Conclusion


My Favorite Reads of 2018

If you read about my literary journey in 2017, you might not expect that this year could top it, but 2018 was a great year of reads for me. The number of books I read is my second all-time high score with a whopping 95 books. (The highest number of books I read was 101 books and that was well over 25 years ago.) It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ― Oscar WildeClick To Tweet This was my 7th year completing the GoodReads Rea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Japan, Usa, England, New York, London, Minnesota, Greece, Molly, Russia, US, Earth, Best, Features


Trending on the Organized Home: Secrets to a Well-Lived Minimalist Life

This week, our companion site The Organized Home revisited its most-read posts of 2018—including a story on a family of four living (and thriving) in 600 square feet; smart advice from Marie Kondo; and a how-to on overhauling your pantry. Above: If you don’t want moths or flour beetles (bookmark Annie’s horrifying personal experience with the pests here), read The Organized Pantry: 8 Rules for Decanting Dried Goods. Photograph by Matthew Williams; styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista: The Or...
Tags: Books, Japan, Pantry, Matthew Williams, Vancouver, Annie, Expert Advice, Marie Kondo, Small-Space Living, Alexa Hotz, Kitchen Storage & Organization, Kitchen Jars & Storage, Trending on The Organized Home, Alison Mazurek, Ikea Storage Pieces


Current Obsessions: Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year from all of us here at Remodelista. Here are 10 things on our radar, this last weekend of 2018: Above: Need last-minute New Year’s inspiration? See How to Throw a Holiday Party the French Way. The best Champagne flutes, just in time for New Years. And: an instant cocktail party kit, always at the ready. 10 tools for cooking fireside. Tiny house in the Vermont woods. A designer shop made from surprising materials. A small pink house outside Paris, transformed. 10 ingenious s...
Tags: Books, Japan, Paris, Annie, Vermont, Stockholm, Auld Lang Syne, Design News, Current Obsessions, Gardenista, Remodelista Here


Christmas 2018: Not the Worst of Times

Merry Christmas U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- “Deck the halls with boughs of holly,” goes the old Christmas carol. “‘Tis the season to be jolly.” Yet if there were a couplet less befitting the mood of this capital city, I am unaware of it.“The wheels are coming off,” was a common commentary on the Trump presidency on Sunday's talk shows. And the ostensible causes of what is looking like a panic in the political establishment?The December crash of the stock and bond markets, the worst since the Grea...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, Guns, China, Germany, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Christmas, America, Syria, Afghanistan, Atlantic, United States, Philippines, Marines


Obituary Plea for Waiting Period Shows ‘Gun Control’ about Feelings

Are desperate and irrational decisions by others legitimate claims for infringing on your rights under force of “law”? (Édouard Manet: Le Suicidé) U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “In honor of Andrew R. Black, we ask that you work for legislation that imposes a reasonable waiting period between firearm purchase and possession to provide a cooling off period to guard against impulsive acts of violence,” the grieving parents of a 23-year-old Vermont man who committed suicide requested in their son’s ob...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Japan, New York, Guns, Suicide, New Jersey, Resistance, Vermont, Black, Andrew, WCAX, David Codrea, Rob Black, Carol Bowne, Bowne


The history of holiday traditions [podcast]

One of the best parts of the holiday season is that everyone celebrates it in their own unique way. Some traditions have grown out of novelty, such as eating Kentucky Fried Chicken dinners on Christmas in Japan. Others date back centuries, like hiding your broom on Christmas Eve in Norway to prevent witches and evil spirits from stealing it to ride on. Holiday traditions can stir up feelings of nostalgia and spark interest in exploring one’s ancestral past. We start to wonder where did these tra...
Tags: Books, Japan, Featured, Holidays, Christmas, Sociology, Happy Holidays, Norway, Xmas, Traditions, Social Sciences, Holiday Traditions, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Arts & Humanities, The Oxford Comment, OUP Podcast


Trash & Treasure: Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang and In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. Last month, I read two excellent novellas – Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang and In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard – that struck me as being in conversation with one another. In terms of worldbuilding, both works blend magic, mythology and science fiction into a seamless new whole, while thematically, each story uses that backdrop to discuss the impact of (alien) colonisatio...
Tags: Books, Japan, Earth, Yen, Shell, Low, SFF, Con, Hunter, Buddhist, Yang, Isaac Asimov, SISU, POC, Broken Earth, Binti




Honda's Sound Sitter Lets You Lull Your Baby to Sleep with the Sound of 37 Different Car Engines

Why hire a babysitter when you can use a Sound Sitter? Honda's design team in Japan got to thinking one day, "I wonder if the sound of our revving car engines would calm babies down instantly." So, naturally, they sampled the sounds of 37 different Honda car engines, put the sound box in a plush car and gave it a go. According to the first 7 seconds of the video, the Sound Sitter is an overwhelming success with babies:  While it seems crazy, Honda might actually be onto something. Here's a ...
Tags: Japan, Design, Cars, Honda, Toy, Design News, Sitter, Keiichiro KidaYou


The Black Belt Chazutsu Masters

Maturity, proficiency, dedication, accuracy, determination, sweat, skill, reward: this is what a black belt in martial arts signifies. I’ve seen these same characteristics in a tea caddy maker in Kyoto. Kaikado in Kyoto is a remarkable company. They specialize in crafting chazutsu or what we call in the west, a tea caddy. And they’ve been hand-making them in the same family for over 130 years spanning six generations. Each one is made by hand either in copper, brass, or tin. Kaikado rules t...
Tags: Tea, Japan, China, Uncategorized, Traditional, Kyoto, Sakura, Samurai, Akita Prefecture, Kakunodate, Chazutsu, Tea Caddy, Wabi-sabi, Kyoto Kaikado


Lemongrass Five Spice Seitan

When we add new menu items, it means we have to take something off. But when we tried to take off the Lemongrass Five-Spice Seitan, rioting ensued. This ever-popular sandwich draws inspiration from all over Asia—Thai influences from the curried cashews and the lemongrass marinade, a hint of Japan in the wasabi mayonnaise, and Chinese flavors in the Szechuan chile sauce and five-spice powder. Served on a crisp French baguette, it is reminiscent of Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. The cashews are ...
Tags: Crafts, Asia, Japan, A Bite To Eat, Lemongrass Five Spice Seitan


26 books Southern California booksellers are recommending to readers in 2018

If you’re a reader, you probably have a stack of books – your to-be-read (or TBR) pile – by your bed or on your desk. But you’re probably also on the prowl for other books you want to pick up. (We know we are.) So with so much to choose from, we went to some of our local experts. We asked local bookstore owners and their employees what their favorite reads were this year (even if some weren’t published this year – or this century). Cellar Door Bookstore in Canyon Crest Towne Centre owner Li...
Tags: Books, Japan, Florida, Hollywood, Sweden, Wales, California, New York City, Neil Gaiman, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Cameron, Margaret Atwood


Pine Alley

Crisp December air coming down from the endless clear sky surrounds me as I step out of the Bosquet and onto the shrub walk. The wind grows stronger as I approach the blazing blue water. My eyes water as they follow the horizon across the great lawn to Prudence Island across the bay. I almost forget where I am; forest, field and sea all meet as one. Towering trees dwarf me on both sides as my gaze travels from the horizon up into their expansive canopies. I look back down to see where I’m going,...
Tags: Gardening, Japan, Winter, Virginia, Trees, Korea, Gardens, Foliage, Sensory Stimulation, White Pine, Blithewold, Bosquet, What's Colorful, Pine Cones, Pine Alley, Prudence Island


Holiday Gift Guide 2018: For the Japanese Design Enthusiast

When it comes to goods that epitomize beauty in functionality, we look to Japanese design. Fortunately, a slew of Japanese-made goods are readily available online, for the enthusiast on your wish list. Cast Iron Candle Stand Above: A sculptural cast-iron Hakuhoudo Candle Stand, made in the Iwate prefecture, looks stately on its own or with a candle perched on it; it’s $40 from Monolier. Hinoki Soaps Above: “Gen” Soap, handmade in Kobe, comes in three options, all with the scent of t...
Tags: Books, Japan, New York, London, Gifts, Brooklyn, Japanese, Gift Guides, Osaka, Iwate, Western Japan, Kobe, Gifu, Aichi, Soho New York, Native and Co


Holiday Gift Guide 2018: For the Japanophile

When it comes to goods that epitomize beauty in functionality, we look to Japanese design. Fortunately, a slew of Japanese-made goods are readily available online, for the enthusiast on your wish list. Above: A sculptural cast-iron Hakuhoudo Candle Stand, made in the Iwate prefecture, looks stately on its own or with a candle perched on it; it’s $40 from Monolier. Above: “Gen” Soap, handmade in Kobe, comes in three options, all with the scent of the Hinoki tree: clairière, or clear, for...
Tags: Books, Japan, New York, London, Gifts, Brooklyn, Japanese, Gift Guides, Osaka, Iwate, Western Japan, Kobe, Gifu, Aichi, Soho New York, Nalata Nalata


HobbyLink Japan - Hot Preorders: SIEGE, MP-44 and More!


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HobbyLink Japan - Hot Preorders: SEIGE, MP-44 and More!


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Zero-Waste Wrapping: How To Wrap a Furoshiki Cloth, Step by Step

At a recent dinner party, I was entranced when a friend unpacked her backpack to reveal each of her dinner contributions: a bottle of wine, half a loaf of fresh bread, and six Bosc pears, each group intricately bundled in specifically-knotted furoshiki cloth wraps. The wrapping was not only practical, preventing the wine bottle from smashing into the delicate pears on her walk over, but also elevated the whole experience and made the packages feel like gifts. Furoshiki is a centuries-old traditi...
Tags: Books, Japan, Diy, Food Storage, La, How-to, Linens, Japanese, Diy Projects, Linen, Holiday Gifts, Sustainable Design, DIY Ideas, Leigh Patterson, Kitchen Storage & Organization, Matt Dick


Kitchen of the Week: A Minimalist, Wabi-Sabi Kitchen in a Contemporary Tokyo Apartment

The ancient principles of wabi-sabi (loose translation: the acceptance of transience and imperfection) find a home in a contemporary Tokyo apartment designed by Naruse Inokuma Architects in collaboration with Karibe Hiroko Architects. Says Naruse: “By using new materials to create a sense of the old, we created a dynamic interior; the existing space adapts to the new, yet the age-old beauty remains.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the kitchen, which relies on a limited materials palette o...
Tags: Books, Japan, Maine, Tokyo, Japanese, Minimalist, Kitchens, Plywood, Kitchen of the Week, Cement, Open Shelving, Naruse Inokuma Architects, Naruse, Aya Brackett, Oakland Kitchen, Masao Nishikawa


10 Easy Pieces: Modern Wood Frame Sofas

We’re fans of the wood frame sofa, by Børge Mogensen to Donald Judd. There are plenty of lookalikes and modern renditions that make the cut as well. Here are our 10 favorites. Above: The actual Donald Judd-designed furniture is available through the Judd Foundation. The Single Day Bed 32 comes in a range of wood options and fits a twin mattress; $11,850. Above: From the new sofa company called Common, the Mooner Sofa by Studio David Thulstrup is available in four different upholstery fa...
Tags: Books, Japan, UK, US, Furniture, Copenhagen, Donald Judd, Sherwood, Dark Wood, 10 Easy Pieces, Sofas & Couches, Børge Mogensen, Danish Design Store, Light Wood, Living Rooms, Hirashima


PX-C02 Kadmos MP Style Star Saber from Planet X

The official Planet X page updates with news of their PX-C02 Kadmos figure will be on show at the Shanghai SGC 10th Event. This is yet another Masterpiece vision of the mighty Transformers Star Saber character from Japan. The images of the grey prototype look very promising with excellent proportions and a faithful rendering of the character. Read one for the announcement and images.
Tags: Toys, Japan, Shanghai, Kadmos


Literary The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

'Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong... Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple wh...
Tags: Books, Japan, Book Clubs, Nana, MR Literary Club, Kosuke, Satoru, Sugi, Hiro Arikawa, Satoru Side, Yoshimine, Chikako



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