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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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’.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traverse the winding roads of Rome with your penne. Jump across the East River with your pie. Take a tour of Tokyo with your rice. No we’re not delusional, we’re just totally hooked on City Plates, which bring urban dining to a whole new level.
My collaborative project with fellow printmaker Damon Kowarsky is going to be at Aesop Aoyama store in Tokyo. Permanent installations and temporal exhibitions on our printmaking dialogues since 2010 will be on display from Friday September 9.
Ok, let it be said: each and everyone of these subways, as compiled by our friends at Web Urbanist, leave any subway on New York’s R line for dead. And we mean that literally. Much respect to the free-thinking architects behind these underground gems. [Hover mouse over each image to discover the city it's in]