True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People
- More than just a truly fantastic travel guide, True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People is a fascinating look into the essence of "creative" Portland through the eyes of one of Japan's most important cultural visionaries. It not only points you to a huge number of the most interesting shops, restaurants, bars, and creative spaces in town (many of which may be eye-openers even for long-time residents), but is beautifully designed as well. Useful for residents and visitors alike, it's a gorgeous snapshot in time of our city from a thoughtful international perspective. 301 pages. Published by Portland's own Hawthorne Books.
Teruo Kurosaki is a Tokyo-based cultural luminary. In the 1980s, he opened the first furniture design store Idée, which quickly became Japan’s leading contemporary furniture design business, with many more shops to follow in Tokyo and throughout Japan. In 1999, he founded the Tokyo Designers Block—a world-renowned international design event. Since then, he has founded Tokyo’s United Nations University Farmers Market and hosted many food and drink festivals there, published numerous books and publications through his Media Surf company, founded Freedom University – a forward-thinking continuing education school, and founded three Midori co-working spaces throughout Tokyo.