House in Hinomiya by TSC architects, Japan I love doors opening to show doors opening to show doors...

I Think I'm Turning Japanese

The general idea behind this pinboard is to find architecture that is simple, modern, and still tied to nature. Appropriately, here's a house by TSC Architects (actually in Hinomiya, Japan).

One of my favorite free bag sewing patterns.  No difficult closures, easy to sew and yet those handles make it look really good.  I taught a neighbour to sew using this pattern.  Great for your first bag.

One of my favorite free bag sewing patterns. No difficult closures, easy to sew and yet those handles make it look really good. I taught a neighbour to sew using this pattern.

BI_Graphics_11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreigners

11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreigners

11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreigners in Far East curated by The Daily Seeker

Never sewn a bag before or just looking for a quick and easy project? The use of metal handles in this bag means there is no need for fiddly...

17 Free pattern: Turning Japanese bag with cutout metal handles Deby from So Sew Easy shares a free pattern for making her Turning Japanese.

Highlighting Japanese Holidays Infographic

Highlighting Japanese Holidays Infographic (interesting how Christmas isn't a national holiday)

Free bag pattern: Turning Japanese Bag | So Sew Easy

Free bag pattern - Turning Japanese Bag

Free bag pattern - Turning Japanese Bag - So Sew Easy

Chopstick etiquette is no joke! Nobody will judge you if you fumble a bit, but the items listed here are definitely faux pas.

Chopstick etiquette is no joke! Nobody will judge you if you fumble a bit, but the items listed here are definitely faux pas. (Shoveling is expected in Japan;

In a move that really challenges the notion of form-following-function, the Concertina’s design is driven more by form-follows-movement. Opening up like a Japanese fan, the chair uses angled “blades” to turn the fan into a chair.

Concertina’s “blades” turn the fan into a chair. A zip on the back, and an elegant clasp on the front lock the chair in seating-mode. Once done, you can immediately collapse it back into a closed fan.

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