The Best of Japanese Horror

The Japan Foundation is at it again, showing some Japanese classics — this time with a focus on horror — on the big screen with English subtitles for a very reasonable 600 yen. Volume four of The Japan Foundation’s popular series of Japanese film screenings with English subtitles gathers some of the best horror stories […]

Shift Competitions

The deadlines are fast approaching on a few SHIFT-related competitions, so here’s a quick reminder. Click on the links for more info. Shift 2006 Calendar Competition – September 10 DOTMOV Festival 2005 – September 20 9th Japan Media Arts Festival – October 20 CHOBI Wallpaper Competition – November 1

AXIS 117

Damn, I didn’t even get a chance to finish reading the previous issue, and now a new AXIS (117) is out, featuring cover boy Kenya Hara, who I absolutely love! The feature sounds interesting also: “Does design exist in Japan’s urban revitalization?”

The Hard Return

I have to admit that getting back into the swing of things after the trip has been harder than expected. I’m still not back to anything close to my regular sleep cycle, and with the typhoon/heat… Can someone please explain to me how Joi Ito manages to keep his sanity (and stay productive) while traveling […]

The Good Design Presentation 2005

Wanna catch this year’s Good Design prize winners? The Good Design Prize is part of the Good Design Product Selection System, established in 1957 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. It is Japan’s only comprehensive valuation and recommendation system for design products. The Good Design Prize is one of a kind, surpassing other international […]

Mobile Phones Vs. Smoking

Who would have imagined that keitai use would lead to a healthier lifestyle! From Japan Today: The number of junior high and high school students who own cell phones is increasing, and there is a high chance that phone bills are weighing on the money they spend on cigarettes Kenji Hayashi, head of the research […]