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Ever come across things in Japan that seemed interesting, but had no idea what they were because they were all in Japanese? Well, take a look at “PingMag” and you’ll figure it all out!
“PingMag” is a web magazine that presents design and works from Japan in both Japanese and English. But the articles don’t scream “JAPAN” into your face – it actually barely mentions that they are from Japan, but instead presents them simply as interesting ideas.
How has Mr. Tom Vincent, the head of “PingMag”, managed to make this web magazine so popular abroad? Our editor YOSH interviewed him on his view.
In 2011, because of severe Tropical Storm Nock-ten, flooding spread through many provinces of Thailand, and flood waters even reached the urban areas. Over 800 people found dead and 13.6 million people affected.
On this post, I would like to introduce two impressive design projects from Thailand. Both are very distinctive because of their use of ‘design thinking process.’
The NPO “Omosiro-Nogyo”, which means “fun farming” in Japanese, is giving opportunities to urban residents to understand about agriculture. What they’re aiming is not only making communication between people, but also trying to save the food culture in Japan.
Founder of Monocoto Kobo, Syuji Minami moved to Setagaya Daita years ago. Because he had a lot of support from people in the area, he has been thinking how could he shows gratitude. It flashed across his mind that organizing an event may saves the shuttered shopping street.
Minami named his event, Setagaya Daita Monocoto Matsuri. “Monocoto” means handcrafted products, and “matsuri” means festival. “Monocoto Matsuri” tries to connect creators, local neighbors and visitors through this event.
“CTAKEO”is a mushroom growing kit, made from sawdust and mycelium (which forms into mushrooms). It’s especially for “shiitake”, healthy mushrooms native to East Asia.
Since growing foods are becoming worldwide sustainable lifestyle, there are already numerous mushroom growing kits now. But what makes “CTAKEO” distinctive is that it’s decorated like a boxed chocolate cake. Not just a DIY gifting, but trying to connect it to food growing.
“Papa to mama ni narumaeni,” (before being a father and mother) gives to think about marriage, having a baby, and raising a child. They, ”Papa mama” set a goal that more and more men and women dream to become fathers and mothers like a dream job.
How many times do you throw garbages everyday? Maybe 10 times in a trash can, and once at a dump? Instead of putting garbages inside a tank, most people in Japan collect it to plastic bags and take it to a designated place.
But, do you think it’s fun? Who does feel exciting about this? Here are some great examples of impressive designs solving societal problems in a cheerful way.
Happy new year!! I am Kota Suzuki, a chief editor of greenz global. This online publication, greenz global which has opened in June last year, aims to spread wonderful social projects and good ideas in Japan. Another critical vision of us is to make a huge community of social entrepreneurs in East Asia.
I wish this new year will be a year our community becomes more bigger and deeper.
In this post, we would like to introduce the most popular article published last year, along with editor’s favourites.