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

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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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Mogra: an Otaku and Anime club in Tokyo

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By Yoshi Tajima in New Trends on Tuesday 17 April 2012

Mogra in Akihabara, Tokyo, was established in August 2009 as a club at the center of Japanese Otaku (diehard fan) and anime culture. At Mogra, you can listen to anime songs, game songs, and vocaloid Hatsune Miku, as well as house music and dubstep. If you’re looking for real underground dance music from Tokyo, this is […]

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Porcelain skull sculptures by Katsuyo Aoki

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By Zoe Sernack in New Art on Thursday 22 March 2012

Katsuyo Aoki is a Japanese sculptor from Tokyo who uses porcelain to create her series of skull shaped works, entitled Predictive Dream. As she says: ‘The decorative styles, patterns and symbolic forms I allude to and incorporate in my works each contain a story based on historical backgrounds and ideas, myths, and allegories’. These sculptures take me back to that childhood movie, The Dark Crystal, or even The Predator.

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Cat’s Forehead: a showcase of Tokyo visual culture

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By Yoshi Tajima in Cool Websites on Sunday 18 March 2012

Cat’s Forehead is a project by BUILDING, a Tokyo-based graphic artist agency, as a new platform to connect different cultures around the world. You will enjoy the weirdness as you read the cultural articles they provide. It’s as if we are all in one world as small as a cat’s forehead.

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Gundam Front Tokyon theme park in Tokyo

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Saturday 4 February 2012

A couple years ago, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam anime series, Sunrise Studios built a life-sized, 60-foot-tall Mobile Suit Gundam in Tokyo. Now, a small museum/theme park has been announced devoted to the giant robots, slated to open in April of this year. My inner child is peeing himself.

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ぶーしゃかLOOP (Bu Shaka Loop)

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By Quan Yeomans in New Music on Wednesday 14 December 2011

What do ageing Japanese popstars with penchants for speed do when they’re bored of being busted for possession? They produce oddly catchy nonsensical tracks that set the dance floors of underground clubs in Tokyo on fire and pave the way for yet another shameless comeback.

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