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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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New music by Toyko band Zazen Boys

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By Laurence Rosier Staines in New Music on Friday 14 December 2012

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.

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Tokyo Club Kids Photographed in their Bathtubs

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By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Thursday 4 October 2012

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’.

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Photo exposé of Tokyo’s street sleepers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 31 August 2012

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.

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New illustration by Tokyo-based artist Grace Lee

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By Yoshi Tajima in New Illustration on Saturday 14 July 2012

Originally from Sydney, but currently based in Tokyo, Grace Lee is an illustrator who draws things in the most charming way. Her choice of subject matter is unique and interesting, but her eye for detail never fails to capture the most attractive parts and gives her work a playful and delightfully quirky look. Check out her inventive series of Tokyo shop fronts, too.

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La Jettée: a mecca for film lovers in Tokyo

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By Marcos Villasenor in Video on Wednesday 4 July 2012

Tucked in a second-floor among the many micro-bars that make up Tokyo’s Golden Gai is La Jettée (after Chris Marker’s mind-blowing 1962 experimental short). Though the place can hardly hold more than 10 people, it serves as a mecca for film lovers to film stars and anything in between. Last time I visited, I ended […]

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Ambivalence: a photo series by Yusuke Hayashi

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By yusuke hayashi in New Photography on Friday 15 June 2012

Yusuke Hayashi studied Architecture and Installation in college. However, he was always fascinated by the beauty of the flower after working in 2009 part-time at a florist. After graduation and working at a flower design company, he now works independently, exploring the powerful potential of the nature in our world. This work shows the reversed relationship between human and nature. In this piece, the human is the vessel; the plants are in charge. Now the plants have a stronger will and the human, who used to be in charge, has turned into an object.

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3D miniature pieces of Tokyo by Yumiko Matsui

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Art on Thursday 31 May 2012

We all grew up and started creating craft with simple art supplies, such as colored paper and glue. Japanese artist Yumiko Matsui plays with these simple art supplies again to re-create lovely 3D miniature pieces of Tokyo. As she states, the concept of her work could be expressed as: ‘Feel as if you are here’.

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