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Tokyo: a vast city, with so many things to see; so much to do. What follows is one of dozens of possible “best of” to do lists for this city. Individually, these places and experiences offer glimpses of Tokyo’s unique culture; taken as a whole, they should provide a multi-faceted view of the city to a first-time visitor.

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The thing about Nendo is that it’s not easy to categorize. Oki Sato’s design practice has been prolific in various disciplines since he established his practice on graduation. The Nendo website is a catalog of the firm’s eclectic output: whimsical, inspired, unorthodox and unpredictable work that, this year alone, has seen Sato and his colleagues design, among other things, computer mice for Elecom, hinoki wooden music boxes for Isetan, an urbane picnic box for Ruinart, the interior design for PUMA House Tokyo, an installation and graphics for a retrospective exhibition of work by milliner Akio Hirata, an installation of Bohemian glass for the Salone in Milan, an exhibition of ‘dancing’ geometric furniture pieces for Singapore’s Art Stage conceptual carbon fiber furniture pieces for Atlanta’s High Museum, a wire frame chair for Cappellini, a series of mirrored circular tables for Moroso, cork based dining accessories for Materia and a rolled steel pendant lamp for Foscarini.

The work of Nendo cuts across architecture and interior design, through furniture and product designs for home and office to graphics, conceptual installations and exhibitions and in their creation, founder Oki Sato and his associates are constantly thinking outside the box. 

All images : : copyright Nendo

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Hidden in the back streets off Omotesando, Omotesando Koffee seems to channel the zen simplicity and harmonious aesthetics of the tea house for the modern espresso set.

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Tokyo is a desirable location for international designers and retailers: it offers a large, sophisticated market with discerning tastes and an acute appreciation of brand value. No wonder then that the city’s prestigious neighborhoods are outposts of most of the world’s luxury goods retailers and international fashion houses.

Though Japan consumers have, despite strong brand loyalty, drifted away from their once slavish consumption of high end European labels, in a culture defined in part by its refined aesthetics, good design remains as desirable as ever and can be seen in all facets of life here. Examples of good international design can be evidenced throughout Tokyo – most strikingly in its contemporary architecture, but also in its stores. For the shopper, expertly edited collections of modern designer furniture pieces and interior objects can be found at Tokyo’s MoMA store, at The Conran Shop and at

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The arrival of the 21st Century heralded a major transformation in the center of Tokyo; areas that only came to life at night were recreated as cultural and lifestyle centers that now house a number of galleries and museums. One of the more interesting additions was the nation’s first design museum. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT has been conceived by some of Japan’s most visionary creators as a site for the exhibition and exploration of Japanese and international design. The understated building’s modernist geometric lines give a hint to the center’s purpose as a place for interacting with modern creative ideas.

“Something’s going on in Japan.” This is the buzz we want to create throughout the world.

Issey Miyake 2003

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