• Posted on: May 16, 2015
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How are contemporary artists and designers drawing inspiration from traditional practices?

Wagashi Asobi (“playful Japanese sweets”) in Tokyo innovates on traditional candy design to create beautiful and modern sweets.

Their work is responsive to both cultural and seasonal changes.

They also take great care with their choice of materials (ingredients) and offer their tasty designs as gestures of hospitality.

Our guest on June 3rd was Motohiro Inaba from Wagashi Asobi.

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(time code 3:30)

Learn more about our guest’s work.

Introduction to Japanese sweets (Wagashi Asobi at timecode 20:50)

Description and background for collaborative project with Wagashi Asobi, Higashi for the Anthropocene



Jamie Kruse is an artist, designer and part-time faculty at Parsons School for Design. In 2005 she co-founded smudge, (smudgestudio.org) with Elizabeth Ellsworth, based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Friends of the Pleistocene: fopnews.wordpress.com.

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