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I am Manon,
a french product designer currently based in Osaka.

Through my job and my location, I have the opportunity to discover more and more everyday about Japanese’s design culture. Through that space I would like to share with you my daily discoveries. I am focusing mostly on product design.

I called this blog Sankoo, which come from Japanese, 参考, meaning References.

This place is for everyone which is interested in Design and/or Japan, from design lovers to professional designers. I hope you will do nice discoveries.

[ Actuellement je ne pense pas écrire en Français parce que mon niveau écrit est terriblement dramatique. Pour autant, si jamais vous êtes intéressés pour que je traduise mes articles en Français, faites le moi savoir. ] 


I am not a professional writer and I am not english-native. My purpose is to share my discoveries with you through short articles, easy to read and to understand for everyone. I also do not possess the right of the pictures so if you are possessing the rights and wish your credit to appear on it, please feel free to contact me.


Bachelor in Product Design
MBA in Design Strategy

Ecole Supérieure de Design of Troyes – France
Istituto Europeo di Design of Milan – Italy

Through my studies I managed to live in different countries. After living 6 months in Tokyo, I came back to France to be graduated. 6 months in Japan were definitely not enough to understand the Japanese design mind so I moved back to Japan.
Since November 2016 I am working for Teruhiro Yanagihara/ Studio.

2013 → 6 months internship, Varna – Bulgaria
2014 → 6 months, Exchange semester, Milan – Italy
2015 → 6 months internship, Tokyo – Japan
2016 → Moved back in June for a job, Tokyo → November, Osaka


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