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A comprehensive round-up of the design, architecture, fashion and graphics catching our eye.

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A comprehensive round-up of the design, architecture, fashion and graphics catching our eye.

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    The master craftsman: Shimada Takayuki

    The master craftsman: Shimada Takayuki

    The unassuming Shimada Gama workshop in Gotsu doubles up as an open-air museum of traditional stoneware pottery. It specialises in creating large pieces that are burnt in a sloped wood-fired kiln. We talk to the 73-year-old master Shimada Takayuki about the challenges of passing the rare skill and aesthetic sensibility down to his son and grandson.

    • 4 min
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    The talent-seeker: Ryutaro Yoshida

    The talent-seeker: Ryutaro Yoshida

    Japanese company Time & Style knows how to inject innovative spirit into traditional crafts. Over the past two decades its founder Ryutaro Yoshida has criss-crossed Japan to woo reluctant artisans to collaborate on modern designs. We meet him in the remote region of Shimane as he develops a series of handmade washi paper lamps.

    • 5 min
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    The international icon: Kengo Kuma

    The international icon: Kengo Kuma

    The beauty of Japanese design has won fans around the world but it takes great panache to translate it to large-scale projects. We sit down with architect Kengo Kuma in his Tokyo office to talk about the recently completed Japan National Stadium. It’s a building that has given a new lease of life to traditional craftsmanship and stimulated local economies.

    • 4 min
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    The bold business owner: Takeshi Yamanaka

    The bold business owner: Takeshi Yamanaka

    In 1928 Maruni Wood Industry was born out of a fascination with the masterful carpentry in ancient shrines. Today its furniture is found in the Californian headquarters of Apple as well as airport lounges, galleries and restaurants around the world. We meet the company’s president to talk about the challenges of managing a family-run business.

    • 4 min
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    The future of Japanese craftsmanship

    The future of Japanese craftsmanship

    To celebrate our [book about Japan](https://monocle.com/shop/product/1684416/), we are presenting a new film series that dives into the intriguing ecosystem that has preserved Japanese traditional skills over centuries. Meet the people who are future-proofing the age-old know-how.

    • 2 min
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    Building a place for culture

    Building a place for culture

    We visit a Kengo Kuma-designed art museum in Eskisehir that’s set to become Turkey’s new cultural hotspot.

    • 6 min

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