This Week in Magazines


I’ve been slow with my “This Week in Magazines” posts of late, so time to catch up. I’ll probably post another one in a couple of days. Please note that some of the following titles already have a newer issue out. Also, I picked up the following for Cafe Pause last week.

  • TITLE (90) took us on a tour of the “Very Best of Waza-Ari Housing,” meaning small, cosy homes, not unlike the ones featured on that segment I did for last week’s episode of TOKYO EYE. There’s also a big feature on cars, which I pretty much skipped.
  • The previous issue of BRUTUS (620) claimed “No Bike, No Life,” and that’s something I can definitely support. It was a really great issue for anyone with an interest in cycling, from personal accounts to round-ups of bikes. The issue also featured an illustration by Katsuhiro Otomo on a thick stock page.
  • PEN (202) offered a great round-up of top web creators, with lots of work (sites) on evidence. The issue also included a guide to the city of Nagoya.
  • Toshio Iwai is this month’s cover interview for the latest AXIS (128).
  • CASA BRUTUS (89) celebrates “Le Corbusier: 120e Anniversaire!” with a detailed feature that covers pretty much everything you’d want to know about the man and his work. The issue also includes a report from this year’s edition of Art Basel.

Japanese Kanji Flashcards from White Rabbit Press


For longtime readers, you know that my battle with Japanese is an ongoing one. I’ve gotten to a point where I can converse casually, but I still can’t use it in a professional manner, and more annoyingly, still can’t read more than headlines and the like. I’m constantly in and out of the books, but about a month or so a go, after a bit of a pep talk from a good friend, I decided to give it another big push, this time on the kanji front. The tool that’s really been helping me a lot are the Japanese kanji flashcards (I’m still just on volume 1) from White Rabbit Press. The reason I became aware of them was because the person behind the company, Max Hodges, attended PauseTalk a few times. I’ve tried using kanji cards in the past, but those other sets where nowhere near as nice as the White Rabbit Press ones. My favorite thing is that each card lists 6 words (usually commonly used ones) that use that kanji, which for me is just so much better for learning than just trying to memorize all the readings of a particular kanji. I can’t recommend these enough, and I’ll definitely be picking up volume 2 when I’m done with this first set.