Ajisen in Canada

syashu_menI’ve never been to a branch of the Ajisen ramen chain, but a reader just sent me word that they’ve opened a shop in Toronto, and they even have TV commercials airing on the local Asian channels. Ramen lovers of the world unite!

Pictured in this post is their Chaashuumen, that goes for 800 yen.

On Design for February

Just a reminder that my monthly “On Design” column will be in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) edition of THE JAPAN TIMES. In it, I cover Naoto Fukasawa’s new Neon mobile phone (and I promise that I will take a break from mentioning anything by Fukasawa for at least a few months), the Monacca calculator, the Omron electronic thermometer, and I say farewell to the late QRIO.

This Week in Magazines


  • The new TITLE (73) is an absolutely terrific issue that considers “Design for Air Travel.” It’s air travel porn, basically, with a look at graphics, uniforms, airports, waiting lounges, and pretty much anything else you could associate with air travel, all from a design perspective. A must-buy for anyone with an interest in this sort of thing.
  • They didn’t have it yet at Junkudo, but the new issue of AXIS (120) is supposedly out, with the Campana brothers on the cover, and a feature that looks at the design of disaster countermeasures. This issue’s “Creators’ Works” section is also to include a spotlight on one of my Canadian Style participants, designer Sonia Chow.