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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The new album Stories from Tokyo math-rock fourpiece Zazen Boys is an extension of the same progressive-funk mania that characterised 2008′s Zazen Boys IV but is perhaps even better. This track, built solely around an undeniable twitchy groove, occasionally sounds like a nervy, modern Japanese XTC. Go forth.
When looking for couples to model for both this series, Couple Jam, and his ever popular work, Flesh Love, Tokyo-based photographer Hal goes to underground bars in Shibuya and Kabukicho (Tokyo’s Red Light District), places he describes as ‘luscious nighttime bee hives’.
Photographer Adrian Storey has some fascinating pictures of Tokyo denizens who fall into a stupor in public spaces, some sprawled, some hunched over, in train stations, on the streets, by the road, everywhere. When you gotta sleep, you gotta sleep.