a-small-lab by Chris Berthelsen. Focusing on research and practice in creativity. Based in Tokyo
email: chris@a-small-lab.com
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雨の日の宝物(Rainy Day Treasures) Pamphlet

"......These safe and slow pathways are perfect for tiny feet and their larger commute-weary companions. Dense greens and colourful scented collages reside at the height and scale of little eyes and noses. Irrepressible hands thrive on the mixture of gravel, sand, grass, rocks, sticks and fallen fruit that compose Tokyo carpets. In summer developing ears drink in crickets, cicadas and neighbourhood rustlings...."

A small study on the child's perception of the street. This document traces the everyday treasures of a rainy day walk to the local sento in suburban Tokyo. It is part of a broader and slightly wonky research and practice agenda on the hand made, everyday creativity, play, and usable environments.

A5, 112 pages

Download PDF for free HERE (MEDIAFIRE)


View on Slideshare HERE

View extracts and high-res images of all pages [On FLICKR]

Noted in Megan Rosker's article on play for Huffington Post [HERE]
Quoted in The Atlantic Cities article on walkability, food deserts and obesity [HERE]
Featured on Kaboom.org (a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America's children)
Playtime in Africa: Site and global supporters: I'm honoured that this pamphlet was a source of inspiration for the Playtime in Africa project that aims to "turn two acres of land in the Dzorwulu neighborhood into a groundbreaking natural playspace". Global supporters map [HERE]. Playtime in Africa website [HERE]

**Seven Ideas from Tokyo for Child Friendly Spaces**
A short article (one of the top ten posts of 2012) summarising this project on ThisBigCity.net - HERE
And in Chinese: 孩童空間的七種構想