Subsequence is an experimental media project that discovers and disseminates topics related to crafts and culture from around the world through an alternative perspective.

The magazine’s tagline is, “Arts & Crafts for the Age of Eclectic.” The definition is perhaps, Arts & Crafts of an Eclectic Era. Human culture is able to propagate beyond borders and time. What is born in one place can be transmitted to a faraway land over a long period of time, where it may sometimes cross the seas as well. During the process it is not uncommon for this culture to evolve by mixing with a local culture of a place it passes through to ultimately change its initial form. Any cultural product is bound to have been influenced by some creation of its predecessors.

It feels that especially in today’s technologically advanced world the opportunities are greater than they have ever been. It is possible that someone on the other side of the earth is connected with you, and both of you could be exchanging something with each other without even knowing it. We desire to view such a situation as positively as possible and look upon it with great interest. By conveying the history and culture of people from various areas alongside the values that exist in those places, maybe it is possible to have a mutual respect for each other in a more natural way. The tagline intends to support such a sentiment.

The first issue of the large format magazine “Subsequence” was created in 2019 by a team based in Tokyo consisting of domestic and international staff with diverse backgrounds who continue working together with each other to produce the publication. With the motto of bringing fresh unknown material with original angles to our readers, it is our priority to create a beautiful, carefully curated magazine that is exactly like something a craftsperson who loves their work would make.

There is no target reader. We deliver material to everybody who has an interest in life with creativity and culture. If we can provide the pleasure of reading that may have been forgotten in recent years where it is reminiscent of wandering slowly and freely in an unknown world. We will continue to publish our work at our own pace. Please stay tuned.

Topics & Stories

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Almost All About- Artisan- Belongings- Cuisine- Discovery- Eclectic- Event- Getaway-

Staff Profile

Kosuke Ide
Editor in Chief
Born in Osaka in 1975. He writes for magazines such as BRUTUS and POPEYE (both from Magazine House Ltd), as well as for books and websites. His major editorial works include “My Archive” (co-authored with Hiroki Nakamura, from Magazine House Ltd) and “Hosono Kanko 1969-2019” (Official Catalogue of Hosono Haruomi’s 50th-anniversary exhibition, from Asahi Shimbun Publishing). He is also the author of “All About ALASKA” (co-authored with Gentaro Ishizuka, from Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd).
Junpei Niki
Art Director
Graphic designer and café owner. Born in Tokyo in 1979. After working for a publishing house, he runs his own cafe fischiff VERLAG und KÜCHE.
Satoko Shibahara
Editor / first-class architect. After studying architecture, she worked for a design firm and museum public relations before becoming a freelance editor, writer and planner in 2015. Writing and managing projects for websites and books, primarily in the fields of art and architecture. She writes art exhibition reviews for “” (Magazine House Ltd) and will begin an art research project “Scene of new habitation” in 2021.
Yoshiko Nagai
She became an independent curator, after having worked for a company planning and producing cultural activities. She connects creators, artworks, and audiences by creating and communicating values in a way that suits the environment. She is the author of “Out of line,” an exhibition by Alison Turnbull (2020, Tokyo), and the booklet Materia Prima, which is published irregularly.

Current Issue

volume 06

Bilingual Japanese and English
260 × 372mm 160P

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