Last weekend was the amazing "Handmade in Japan Fes 2014" at Tokyo Big Sight. The building itself is astonishing.
Mother Tree - screen printed t's, leggings and tights.
Akkaakka.com - beautifully hand painted clothes for children and adults.
Naoki Onogawa - the tiniest origami cranes you have ever seen turned into exquisite jewellery.
Pampshade - bread products that are actually lamps. Yes. Lamps.
Machu Picchu - handmade shoes. Polka dot heaven! They run a one day workshop but it is in another part of Japan. But still...shoe making....
Tsumami Kanoha: This lady is one severely talented Kanzashi maker. The second photo below is the clip that I bought. These were not cheap - and rightly so considering the work that goes into them. My clip was almost £20 so you can imagine how much those huge ones cost.
Gunyan Yanko: I've not seen anything like these before. Strips of leather with bendy metal inside that you wrap around your finger, wrist, pen, bag strap etc. The people on the stand were awesome too. The woman was uber enthusiastic and the man saw me coming and grabbed a little sign they'd made explaining what they were in english - and that each one is unique because they are all hand drawn. I bought a ginger cat ring.
Tokimeki Gabriel: Mental stuff. Very kawaii and lolita but with a kind of sparkly-goth vibe too. It was all painted plastic so quite light. The owner is below in the red dress. The chess piece type things are about £25 each!
Nekkosippo: Lovely handmade washi tape cabinets. This is also where I got the wooden cat shapes from.
Kato Koto Panda: This is silly stuff - light plastic models of pandas sandwiched in various foods, including sandwiches. Loads more photos at the link.
Koge Neko: Cat collars and....bandanas. Odd.
Zassou: An unusual combination of chemistry cartoon stickers/badges and things made from tiny felt nubs. My heart was with the stickers although I did walk away empty handed.
Deme Tyoubi: Amazing felted goldfish.
Tuan Tuan: Bags made from feedbags.
Kokechi: Kawaii! Similar to kokeshi dolls but specifically stylised. I had to buy the cat one below.
Matori: Interesting earrings, even for someone without pierced ears.
Chou Chou: Brooches made of fake succulent plants. Actually very pretty!
Sai Design: Wire whatnots wrapped in silk.
Placebo Parade Orchestra: Constellation and other finely made gold and silver jewellery.
Michicusa: To me, these look like broccoli florets. But then what do I know.
Yuki: Another kanzashi stall and where I got my hair band.
Maito Parta: Oh my goodness I was tempted by the astronaut badges. But £25 each? I couldn't justify it.
Number Zoo: Very simple concept - animals with numbers as part of their bodies. I loved the 8's!
Yuchitana: Very pretty hair spangles.
Karate Gal: Very impressively embellished bags and purses.
Tomorrow, more photos and the workshops!