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RL Picks: Japan-Inspired Must-Haves

Reminiscent of the Land of the Rising Sun, these items are available locally


Colors borrowed from Skittles, unabashed quirk, and good-natured kitsch that’s amusing despite its irrelevance—Japan has these in abundance as sushi and vendo machines. Add these pieces of feel-good whimsy to liven up a somber home.

Picks by Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman and Tala Singson. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article (“Wish You Were Here") in the October 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Inspired by Japan

Quirky touches and fun colors characterize these picks.

A Study in Ombre

Laurie Desk, P33,000, Heima

Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Yayoi Kusama, order on

Little Friend

Tokidoki “Sandy” Vinyl Toy, find similar at Secret Fresh and Domani

Excuse My Tush

Bastis Hooks, P280 each, Möbler

Mob of Kats

Kat Mug, P499, Möbler

Duck Face

Semk B Duck Sports Bottle, P235, Möbler

Crown for Kappa

Cookie Jar, P495, Möbler

Be My Penguin?

Black Pingy, P16,950, Dimensione

Flower Power

Pillow with Flower Applique, P599.75, SM Homeworld

Like a Fox

Ecobag, P500, Space Encounters

Ecobag, P500, Space Encounters

Prices are subject to change.

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