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Vol.013 – The Enjoyment of Ikebana

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Interviewer: Takafumi Kubo Mende :  I heard that you practice Ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement.  What style are you learning?  It’s amazing that you find time when work is so busy. Kubo : I am learning the Sogetsu style of Ikeb…

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Vol.59-What is your favorite season of the year?

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Interviewer: Satomi Yamaguchi Mende:So, today’s topic of conversation is “What is your favorite season of the year?” So… What is your favorite season of the year? Yamaguchi:Spring.  Especially early spring.&nbsp…

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Vol.60-Patterns of a Healthy Lifestyle

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Interviewer: Xueying Piao Piao:Today I`d like to talk about patterns of a healthy lifestyle. Mende:Healthy life.  That is a heavy topic.  Why did you choose this topic? Piao:Health can be divided into two parts: mental and physica…

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Vol.055- The Generation Gap between Mr. Mende and Me

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Interviewer: Namiko Watanabe Watanabe:In terms of human interaction, I would like to talk about the generation gap between you and me, today. You and I have a lot in common and sometimes I even feel that our sense of value is similar. Mende…

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Vol.82 – Learning Lighting Design from Cinematography Part 2 “Tokyo Story”

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In the warm family picture painted by Yasujiro Ozu there are two types of natural light;  glaring, bright sunlight and the incandescent lamp, symbolic of a cozy family.  In the film, daytime scenes always seem very carefully calcu…

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Vol.81 – Learning Lighting Design from Cinematography Part 1 “Diva”

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I ran across a manuscript from a series published in Housing Magazine 25 years ago.  There was no magazine title or published date, but for the series titled “From Screen/ I want to copy this interior design!”  I used to analyze…

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Vol.058-Finding the Ideal Street Lighting

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Mende: Niken, do you like traveling? Niken: Yes, I do. I brought photos that I took from my trips, and we will talk about street lighting. I started to pay more attention to this since I did my thesis. During the time, I surveyed and compar…

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Vol.80 – Alone in the New Office

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I started writing this column about 22 years ago.  Detective Note number 000 was released on August 9th, 1998.   Since then there have been blank periods with no posts, but today I am writing number 80.   I have reread bits and pieces of th…

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Vol. 057 – The World of “Design” from an Amateur perspective

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Interviewer: Jio Yeung Jio: I always wanted to become a video game designer, unfortunately I had to give up my dream.  I am just a beginner when it comes to design so I am looking forward to learning a lot from our talk today.&nbs…

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Vol.054 – Understanding Millennials

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Theme: Understanding Millennials Interviewer: Clement Lee Mende: This is a very interesting topic for me, because communicating with younger generations is a little headache to me. I have been teaching Lighting Design for 10 years in univer…

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Vol.053 – Self-Promotion as a Designer

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Theme:Self-Promotion as a Designer Interviewer: Yuichi Anzai Anzai:Today I`d like to talk about something that is troubling me as a designer with not a lot of experience. I`d like to talk about self-promotion, something that I am lacking in…

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Vol.052 – From Your Bed to Your Desk

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From Your Bed to Your Desk Brien Ng Mende: Today we’re sharing our daily routine. Brien, how long does it take from your bed to your desk? Brien: It takes almost 90 minutes. Mende: That’s quite long. What is the first thing you see in…

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No.79 – At La boqueria Market

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This column was written on June 3, 2017 and recently found while I cleaned my PC. Barcelona`s La Rambla basks in the spring sunshine. It has been awhile, but I am just wondering today with limited cash, a credit card, and iPhone in my pocke…

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Vol.051 – Into the Water

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Theme: Into the Water Interviewer:Yusuke Hattori Hattori:Your first diving experience was five years ago near Malaysia`s Tioman Island, is that right. Was it really your first time? Mende:Yes really. I wanted to go diving and so I went. I g…

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Vol.050 – Environmentally Friendliness

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Environmentally Friendliness Interviewer: Sherri Goh Mende: So are we talking about environmentally friendly lighting design or environmental friendliness in lighting design…? Sherri: I’m not sure if I explained the topic clearly to you as …

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Vol.049 – Education between student and staff

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Education between student and staff Interviewer:Zooey Li Mende:Hello Zooey, Education between student and staff is today’s topic, It’s quite interesting. Zooey:Yes, Mr. Mende, I thought you were a very good lighting design professor in a fa…

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Vol.048 – Childhood memories which influences you as a lighting designer

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Childhood memories which influences you as a lighting designer Interviewer: Quratuaini Bte Jamil Aini:Hi, Mr Mende. I would like to discuss about childhood activities or memories which influences you as a lighting designer. Mende:Sure but y…

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Vol.047 – Playback!

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Theme:Playback! Interviewer: Bryan Yan This “coffee break” column is a bit different from all the previous ones. The change of style in this column is also corresponding to our interview topic – “Playback”! Since I have read the PAST issues…

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Vol.046 – What is the definition in between of ‘Lighting designer’ and ‘Lighting planner’

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Lighting designer’ VS ‘Lighting planner’ Interviewer: Karen Huang Karen: Mende san, today I would like to talk about the definition in between ‘Lighting designer’ and ‘Lighting planner’ since I thought about how we could define the directio…

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Vol.045 – Work Style Revolution

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Work Style Revolution Interviewer: Tomohiro Mukaihira Mukaihira:Today I`d like to talk with you about design and work balance, not as a lighting designer, but as Mr. Mende, the entrepreneur. Recently, the workforce is decreasing with severa…