Claustrophobic? Don’t ride Tokyo’s subway during rush hour

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 8 April 2014

‘Tokyo Compression’ is a series by photographer Michael Wolf, in which he documents the daily grind of commuters in the packed subways of the busy metropolis. The series, which has already been published into three books, show the stressed out and tired faces of commuters through the subway windows during peak hours of the rush hour.

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There’s a tiny remote controlled pop-up shop in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 24 March 2014

Here it is, folks-the future! There’s a tiny (and I mean tiny) pop-up shop in Harajuku, Tokyo, that’s getting loads of attention. Created by Duncan Shotton Design Studio, the pop-up shop was designed to celebrate pack number 900 going on sale in the 1000 limited edition packs of Real Boy push pins. The design team […]

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Tokyoflash Japan’s Kisai Space Digits LCD watch

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 19 December 2013

Modern watches have made life easier for us, whether it be integrating alarms, mp3 players, games, and even cell phones. Or quite simply, having a user-friendly interface to read the time a lot faster and easier. But some brands just love to go against the flow.

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Yes, a Parasite Museum really does exist in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 October 2013

Just a couple of months until the kids are let out of school for end-of-year vacation, so why not plan a trip to the museum with them? The Parasite Museum. Yes, this museum (The Meguro Parasitological Museum) actually exists and even has an adjoining gift shop so you can proudly wear your very own parasitic tee home.

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P for Pizza: drawings by Kimiaki Yaegashi (aka Okimi)

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Illustration on Saturday 7 September 2013

Who would have thought that an illustrator from the wonderful land of sushi dedicates a series of drawings to profane pizza? But the “P is for Pizza” series speaks for itself and as well as for the artist Kimiaki Yaegashi aka Okimi. The Tokyo-based illustrator and graphic designer seems to be a huge fan of […]

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This Tokyo store changes with the current fashion trends

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Tuesday 27 August 2013

This store in Tokyo was built to appear as a completely opaque box. Designed by Brazilian architect Arthur Casas, the store changes its appearance as the fashion trends change. The outside walls, for instance, display lovely prints for a cool street view. Built to house Alexandre Herchcovitch’s clothing designs, the box plays off the idea of pedestrians becoming […]

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In Tokyo, a haunted art gallery has been created for kids

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 26 August 2013

Why is it that we don’t remember our childhoods being as epic as this? Just for the kids, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo engaged Torafu Architects to toy with the artworks belonging to one of its art galleries. Its name? Haunted House — and it sets out to be exactly what it sounds […]

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Shohei Otomo’s art drawn with a paper-mate ballpoint pen

Daniel Isles Reader Find

By Daniel Isles in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 August 2013

As illustration goes, an inspirational genius has got to be Shohei Otomo from Tokyo, Japan. Genius is not a word I like to use in this day and age, but when work looks this good, created with only a paper-mate ballpoint pen, the term is justified.

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Tokyo City Symphony

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Thursday 4 July 2013

The market for site-specific light projections is a small but fiercely competitive one, as seen recently at Sydney’s Vivid festival. Here is another entry into the field, this time executed on a scale model of Tokyo.

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Photographs of Tokyo’s most interesting escalators

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 30 May 2013

There are many different ways to get around Toyko, but the escalator might just be the most obscure. Blogger Miha Tamura happens to be mildly obsessed with them, and she documents the coolest ones she sees on her blog, Tokyo Escalator. Tamura’s photographs have also been compiled into a book that includes short stories. Yes, […]

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Floating bar brings Tokyo Bay into the space age

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 19 March 2013

There aren’t many water cruises that make us fantasize, but we’ll make an exception for the futuristic Jicoo Floating Bar in Tokyo Bay that leaves Hinode pier to Odaiba Seaside Park and back every hour. It is designed by famed manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, which explains why it looks like it came straight out of […]

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Mmm, cosy: Try sleeping in a Japanese locker apartment

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 8 March 2013

We thought super-cramped capsule hotels were pretty much the epitome of squeezy sleeps in Tokyo. But no, we were wrong, of course. If you stay in one of these geki-sema share houses, it’s probably not much different from bunking in a locker. Of course, toilets and shower facilities are shared and not part of the […]

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Would you pay to eat soil? In Tokyo, you can

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 23 February 2013

At French restaurant Ne Quittez Pas in Tokyo, which serves up southern French cuisine with fresh seafood from Misaki, Kanagawa as well as green produce, you can also find soil in your food. It’s not of the accidental variety either. Owner-chef Toshio Tanabe, who has previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, recently started offering customers a […]

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A breathtaking light installation in Tokyo’s Sumida River

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 13 February 2013

100,000 solar-powered LED lights were released into Tokyo’s Sumida River to celebrate the beginning of the Tokyo Hotaru festival. The thousands of glowing lights were a nod to the past and the literal meaning of Hotaru, which is “firefly”. Before pollution took over the river, millions of fireflies would gather around the shore to create […]

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Kinfolk: a unique bar in NYC and Tokyo

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By Brooklyn Whelan in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 December 2012

So four years after opening a small bar in Tokyo and plenty of Whiskey Sours poured, my good friends at Kinfolk recently opened their new spot in Brooklyn, NYC. It’s got a really good stocked bar and I also hear the food is some New York’s finest. Get down and check them out if you’re in the area. It’ll be worth your while.

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