From Japan, With Love

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Vintage Japanese postcards are truly adorable. At the beginning of the 20th century, European style postcards became very popular in Japan. These Meiji era tiny masterpieces are more than just stationery. Many of them were distributed by the Japanese government to promote industrial modernization and growing military power. Collecting of Japanese antique postcards attracted great interest worldwide since 2002, after Leonard A. Lauder (the former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.), donated his collection of 20,000 unique postcards to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He began collecting them since the age of six.

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Tokyo Designers Week 2014

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My fabric pattern project will be presented at the Tokyo Designers Week (October 25th – November 3rd, 2014).

Tokyo Designers Week is an international design event that gathers the excellent architecture, interior, product design, graphic design and art from all over the world. Since 2005, the event has been taking place at Meiji Jingu Gaien Mae in Tokyo and attracting more than 100,000 visitors every year. This year, Tokyo Designers Week 2014 will be held with 4 main themes – Design, Art, Fashion and Music. Visitors will see more than 20 programs and events during 10 days.

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Japanese Stationery: Modern Etiquette

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Japan has turned the practice of writing letters into an art form. In Japan, correspondence rules are different, and long letters are appreciated. If you send a New Year’s card, the word “年賀” (which means “New Year’s greetings”) should be written in red on the front side of an envelope. In this case, a post office will hold your letter and deliver it on January 1st (because New Year’s cards shouldn’t arrive before New Year’s Day).

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