Apr 24, 2019

Li Gonglin—Five Horses

Chinese painting attained an unprecedented level of maturity during the Northern Song period, with one of the foremost works being Li Gonglin's depiction of five horses. Treasured by successive imperial dynasties, this masterpiece was thought lost following the abdication of the Qing emperor, but has recently re-emerged.

Hara Design Institute provided meticulous production design and art direction for this book, which presents Li Gonglin's painting in its entirety at actual size.

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Kanako Ohashi
YOSUI BOX Remastered

Apr 17, 2019

YOSUI BOX Remastered

Hara Design Institute handled the design of YOSUI BOX Remastered, a 27 CD and DVD set celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yosui Inoue's debut. In addition to 24 studio albums, the set includes two live albums and a DVD of commercials that include Inoue performances.

Kenya Hara belongs to the generation that grew up influenced by Yosui Inoue, He approached this project with more-than-usual reverence.

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Shimpei Nakamura

「犬のための建築」が、ジャパン・ハウス サンパウロに巡回中。

Jan 25, 2019

“Architecture for Dogs” is now touring at Japan House Sao Paulo.

After touring the world, this is the 7th exhibition for "Architecture for Dogs".
It is an exhibition to think about architecture through the concept of "dogs," who are destined to live with humans. It is now open at Japan House Sao Paulo from January 19th 2019 (Sat.) to April 7th 2019 (Sun.).

A total of 15 art pieces are being exhibited, including a new piece by FGMF Arquitetos, an up-and-coming architect firm based in Sao Paulo. Prototype models of various patterns of "D-Tunnel", designed by Kenya Hara, is showcased as well.
At the exhibit, visitors can submit their own ideas, and they are posted on AFD's website and social media.

More than 4,000 people visited on the 2nd day of the exhibition. Please stop by when you are in Sao Paulo. Please see details below.

Ph: Rogério Cassimiro @ JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo, Brandon Shigeta, Nippon Design Center, Inc.

Nov 30, 2018

GINZA SIX mushroom

New visuals for GINZA SIX will be revealed in early September 2018 in the underground passage connecting the shopping complex with Ginza Station, and on the Ginza Station platforms.

Based on a mushroom motif, the visuals have a mysterious attraction that draws people to them. Instead of conveying a specific message, they gently communicate the high-class and unstressed atmosphere of GINZA SIX, naturally and memorably boosting friendly feelings toward the complex.
The letter G appears six times in each mushroom graphic as a simile for GSIX.

AD:Kenya Hara
D:Kenya Hara, Tomoko Nishi
I:Kenya Hara

京都四條 南座 新開場

Nov 29, 2018

Minamiza Theater in Kyoto reopening

The Minamiza Theater in Kyoto reopens in November 2018.
To mark this new start, we created a new symbol mark and logotype for the theater. The symbol mark uses the "Minami" character in a clear, pared-down form, morphed into a shape that resembles the iconic exterior of the theater. Its color, the symbol color, is the crimson that is used prominently in the new interior. Inspired by the symbolic and condensed aesthetics of Kabuki, we created this in a crest-like form to provide a powerful visual. The "Kyo to" phrase alongside the logo invokes both the theater's location in present-day Kyoto and its development in conjunction with the old capital ("Kyo"), communicating Minamiza's commitment to continue playing a role in the ongoing history of the city of its birth. The mark and logo are used on shopping bags, furoshiki wrapping cloths and versatile tenugui cloths. When the theater reopens, they will become an essential element of a visit to Kyoto.

AD:Kenya Hara
D:Kenya Hara, Cheng Li, Tomoko Nishi, Kunchaethong Angsuya
C:Mariko Hara
Pr:Sayaka Soga

TAKEO PAPER SHOW「SUBTLE」ジャパン・ハウス ロンドンに巡回中

Nov 21, 2018

TAKEO PAPER SHOW “SUBTLE” now at Japan House London

Following its successful shows at Japan House São Paulo and Japan House Los Angeles, the TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE" exhibition is now on show at Japan House London, the third and final Japan House location.
In London, the exhibits from São Paulo and Los Angeles are complemented by Shishiodoshi, which was created by Kenya Hara in 2007 for the "water" exhibition at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo.
To mark the opening of the exhibition, Hara delivered standing-room-only lectures at Japan House on December 12 and at the Royal College of Art on December 13.
TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal" runs until Monday December 24, 2018 at Japan House London.

TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal" Exhibition

13 November - 24 December 2018

Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00
Thursdays late opening hours 10:00-21:00 until Christmas
Sundays & Bank Holidays 12:00-18:00
Monday 24 December 10:00-18:00

Admission Free
Ph: Jérémie SOUTEYRAT © Japan House London, Nippon Design Center, Inc.

Oct 12, 2018

Dojima Sake Brewery

Dojima Sake Brewery brews sake in England on the estate of the Fordham Abbey manor house, outside the city of Cambridge.
For the Dojima Sake Brewery project, we handled the overall brand acceleration strategy, including naming, logos, packaging, photography, video, leaflets, website, and much more.
This new international face for sake embodies the essence of Dojima Sake Brewery: born in the United Kingdom, carrying the legacy of Japanese culture and ideas.

See more at the Dojima Sake Brewery website:
CD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Kanako Ohashi, Hana Yazaki
Ph: Taiki Fukao (landscape), Shimei Nakatogawa (product)
Movie Director: Taiki Fukao
Web: Daisuke Takahashi, Ryota Inoue
Pr: Atsushi Matsumoto

Sep 27, 2018


Following the HOUSE VISION exhibitions in Tokyo in 2013 and 2016, the third exhibition is in Beijing, presenting ten houses in front of the Bird's Nest. Today, the people of Beijing are rapidly adopting new ways of living, as mobile-payments drive the growth of food delivery, bike-sharing, ride-sharing, and many other services. The city's face is continually changing. In this dynamic environment we wonder what sort of lifestyles people desire. When they find happiness, what sort of shape it will take? And will preferences for universal solutions remain unshaken? The ten houses presented have been conceived by some of China's leading companies in collaboration with up-and-coming architects and creative professionals. Each gives visitors the opportunity to experience a solid vision of a potential future, sharing practical ideas for an area that is one of today's growth points.

1 Haier┼Atelier FCJZ 砼器/Concrete Vessel
2 Aranya┼Atelier Deshaus 亼屮口/House ATO
3 Envision┼Jamy Yang│YANG DESIGN 緑舎/e-Vege House
5 HUARI┼Shuhei Aoyama 新家族的家─400盒子的社区城市/Sharing Community of 400 Boxes
6 YOUZHU┼Nippon Design Center 最小─最大的家/Edge-Zero
7 MUJI┼Go Hasegawa 無印良品の社宅/Company Housing for MUJI
8 TCL┼Crossboundaries 你的家/Infinite Living
9 Hanergy┼MAD Architects 庭园家/Living Garden
10 MINI LIVING Urban Cabin┼Dayong Sun 城市小屋/MINI LIVING Urban Cabin

◉Exhibitors・Architectures・Design Team
Haier┼Atelier FCJZ
Aranya┼Atelier Deshaus
Envision┼Jamy Yang|YANG DESIGN
HUARI┼Shuhei Aoyama
YOUZHU┼Nippon Design Center
MUJI┼Go Hasegawa
Hanergy┼MAD Architects
MINI LIVING Urban Cabin┼Sun Dayong
◉ Venue design: Kengo Kuma
◉ Organizer: GWC (Great Wall Club)
◉ Chief Curator/ Art Supervisor: Kenya Hara
◉ Planner & Coordinator: Sadao Tsuchiya
◉ Plan/Design/Produce: HARA DESIGN INSTITUTE|NDC China

China House Vision Executive Committee
Email :chv@gwc.net


◉ Ticket: RMB 100 (Monday to Friday)
RMB 150 Weekend/Public Holidays
Ph: Nacása & Partners Inc.
ジャパン・ハウス ロンドンが開館。

Sep 25, 2018

Japan House London now open

The third Japan House opened on Kensington High Street in London on June 21, 2018, following the Japan Houses in Los Angeles and São Paulo.

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, attended the grand opening of Japan House London on the September 13th, 2018.

The new Japan House was created by revitalizing an art deco building. Spread over three floors, it includes an exhibition gallery and a retail floor presenting carefully selected craftworks and household goods. In addition to a coffee and tea bar, there is a Japanese restaurant, Akira, named after chef Akira Shimizu, and facilities such as a flexible seminar hall and a library full of Japanese books.

Architectural design is the work of interior designer Masamichi Katayama.
Kenya Hara is the chief creative director for the Japan House project.


Japan House London
101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

Gallery and The Shop
Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays

Restaurant: AKIRA
Monday to Saturday 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-22:30
Sunday 12:00-16:00
Ph: Lee Mawdsley @Japan House London, Taiki Fukao

May 16, 2018

We designed the kesho-mawashi uniforms of yokozuna (highest grade) sumo wrestlers.

Honoring the unryu form of dohyo-iri (entering the grounds),
The marks symbolize "bu" (warriorship) and "unryu" (dragon in the clouds).
The kesho-mawashi are woven brilliantly with silver stitching on a dark navy background.
They have already been presented to the public in the Sumiyoshi Shrine and Osaka,
but we are anxiously waiting to see them again when the yokozuna,
for whom this was made, makes a healthy comeback.