Japan Boro Vintage | Japanophilla Boutique

Made in old Japan

About me


So, who are you?

"Nice to meet you. My name is Michel. I have graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo in International Relations. I am the creator of Japan Boro Vintage. My family history to Japan goes back to my grand-aunt who survived the Kanto earthquake of 1923 in Yokohama, where she is buried. I was born in Munich and have been in Japan on and off for 15 years. I currently live and work in Tokyo.

Besides the things you can find on this page, I am very interested in technology, politics, business process and especially medical technology. To me, space, process and product is always a question of design. Design needs to start with humans. Design can tell a story of how it came about. I work for a fascinating company where we try to make technology meaningful to doctors and patients. I love it, especially when I am able to combine my interest of designing process, strategy, technology, products and creation of physical spaces in a human-centered way. Check out my blog."

Are you doing this by yourself?

"No, I am fortunate to have a great team of content writer, advicers, gaphic designers and music producers. The Japan Boro Vintage homepage and the blog is moderated by me, Michel. However, all of it owes its existence to many helping hands. Special thanks to Dan Asenlund, Niklas May, Jacob E. Iyamu, Misa Mutoh and Sari Siegrist for their contributions. I also want to thank the many friendly people at squarespace for supporting us technically."