Cat’s Forehead: a showcase of Tokyo visual culture

Yoshi Tajima Reader Find

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

Gerry Mak Reader Find

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)

Quan Yeomans Reader Find

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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City Plates

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Wednesday 30 November 2011

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.

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Kyoko Imazu, Damon Kowarsky show at Aesop Aoyama

Kyoko Imazu Reader Find

By Kyoko Imazu in New Events on Thursday 8 September 2011

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.

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The World’s Coolest Subway Stations

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 June 2011

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]

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Tokyo’s Alice in Magic World

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 7 June 2011

Ever wished you could jump through your TV screen and live in the dreamy land of animated fairy tales? Well if you go to Tokyo, you can come pretty close — at least, for the space of an evening. Just head over to Alice in Magic World, a new café-cum-fantasy space that’s inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic (and subsequent Disney movie).

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Brilliant new video from Japanese band Lite

Jonathan Terhaar Contributor

By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Friday 25 March 2011

Japanese math rock rippers Lite is from Tokyo. My friend just saw them open for Mike Watt and said they stole the show.

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Paste-ups in Tokyo just before the earthquake

Contributions Reader Find

By Don John in New Art on Friday 25 March 2011

My girlfriend and I got home last Tuesday from a ten day visit to Tokyo. We experienced the earthquake that hit Japan on that Friday, and we were amazed with how friendly and helpful the Japanese people are, even in a situation like this. Before all this, I put up about twenty paste-ups in the Shibuya area of Tokyo.

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PechaKucha: 20 images x 20 seconds

Greta Hoffman Reader Find

By Greta Hoffman in New Trends on Thursday 3 February 2011

Drawing it’s name from the Japanese sound of the term for ‘chit-chat’, PechaKucha is a new format of presentation taking the design world by storm. Or perhaps, not so new. Founded in 2003 at Super Deluxe, a basement bar in Tokyo, it is now celebrated in 382 cities worldwide and growing.

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Intelligent Vending

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Monday 25 October 2010

Eating out of a vending machine never looked so good. Let’s face it, eating this way will probably never be healthy. But could you be enticed by it’s sleek looks? Tokyo vending goers think so. Though they have had a long standing love affair with automated food dispensers (they have the highest number of vending machines per capita), we all know that Tokyoites do tend to be the harbingers of cool, especially when it comes to electronics.

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Harajuku illustration by Craig Smith

Contributions Reader Find

By Drakola in New Illustration on Monday 18 October 2010

Irish artist Craig Smith has recently released a series of illustrations, which explore his fascination with Harajuku, an area of Tokyo that’s famous for its street fashion and counter-culture.

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The extraordinary skill of a Japanese Glass Ball Juggler

Francis Andrews Reader Find

By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 27 August 2010

These are some pretty insane glass ball juggling skills by a Japanese dude in Tokyo, set to a quirky soundtrack and observed by some clearly perplexed tourists (doesn’t the bald guy in the background ‘get it’, or is he recoiling after being royally tangoed?). Bowie would be proud.

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Alexander James’ Tokyo Taxi series

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Tuesday 17 August 2010

Founded in 2000, the Distil Ennui Studio is the brainchild of London-based photographer Alexander James. James has over twenty years experience as an advertising photographer with past clients including the Microsoft Corporation, Peugeot, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Versace, Shangri-La Hotels, Burj Dubai and Chanel. This work was taken in Tokyo and is part of his Taxi series.

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Tokyo Subway Manner Posters

Andy Reader Find

By Andy in New Design on Tuesday 17 August 2010

These ‘manner posters’ appeared in Tokyo subways between 1976 and 1982, informing passengers on subway etiquette and good manners. We’re not sure why it didn’t catch on elsewhere — a colourful and entertaining poster versus a crackly intercom message from a bored driver? Hmm. The posters were published in a book, Manner Poster 100′, printed in 1983 by Teito Rapid Transit Authority.

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