“I’d like to visit a city famed for its manufacturing.” That very thought was what made the name Takaoka pop up in my head. Having prospered as a metalworking centre for four centuries, Takaoka is the perfect destination for “craft tourism”. This article presents the city’s charms from my own perspective and through three distinct themes.
Famed for the heavy snow that covers its streets, fields and mountains every winter, Niigata, Japan is also the home of one maverick publisher of art books. Managed by graphic designer Shin Akiyama, born in Niigata in 1963, Edition Nord is a small independent publishing house familiar only to those in the know.