November 22, 2011
Washi tape lovers, hold on to your seats! The car picture I shared from our Japan trip was from a week-long installation in Tokyo made by MT tape, makers of the wildly popular Japanese washi tape. I saw the event blogged on Hello Sandwich the afternoon before our one day stop in Tokyo.
I couldn't believe our luck with the timing! We took the train to Shibuya and fearless G navigated us towards the tape.
We made it!
Washi tape covered buildings.
Washi tape vending machines!
We blended right in with the locals. ; )
Shoppers browsing rolls of tape and sticker sheets.
The event was held at a venue called Dictionary Club, and the entire interior was covered in tape. Amazing!
In the staircase.
There was also a small exhibition on the history of Kamoi, the parent company of mt tape. Did you know they started as a flypaper company? Check out the insect-catching ribbons below! Kamoi was making tape for construction sites and other industrial purposes when a group of artists emailed them in 2006 to let them know they were using it for artmaking! The rest is history.
Rolls of uncut washi tape...
and a cutting machine from the MT factory to cut them to size.
Sample projects at the MT tape pop-up shop. Love the gift bow!
I bought an extra-wide stripey tape and roll of washi paper to take home with me. I'm sure they'll make appearances on my gifts soon!
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