Teppei Maki’s video for Omodaka’s “Kokiriko Bushi” track. Via Motionographer.
“Kotori,” a motion graphic piece originally intended for Tokyo Mode Gakuen by Yves Geleyen. Via Motionographer.
A few reasons why you might want to pick up the latest issue of KATEIGAHO INTERNATIONAL (Vol. 18): media artist Alexander Gelman talking with a sword maker, a piece on anime that includes profiles of Studio 4C, Satoshi Kon, and Mamoru Hosoda (director of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME), and a guide to Tokyo’s club scene.
I’d never heard of Reiko Shimizu’s philosophical sci-fi manga series HIMITSU – TOP SECRET (or any of her other works, like MOON CHILD and KAGUYA HIME), but the news that it’s being turned into an anime series for the spring 2007 season sounds good to me, especially after having read this description:
The story takes place five decades from now, when brain scanners have been perfected to the point that the government can retrieve up to five years’ worth of memories from people’s minds â€” even if they are dead. The investigators of the National Research Institute of Police Science’s 9th Forensics Laboratory must weigh the ethical choices in the ultimate invasion of privacy as they delve into people’s minds to solve crimes. (Anime News Network)
Core77 writes-up the works of interior designers Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi, the fathers of “Japanese Modern,” and point us to the “Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi” show, currently running at the Noguchi Museum in New York.
My weekly Tokyo post is up at MoCo Loco, this time covering new lights from Chihiro Tanaka, Izumi Okayasu‘s “Kaleidoscope” exhibition, and the latest Plusminuszero products to go on sale.
What a nice Christmas present: PingMag has just launched a sister site, PingMag MAKE. I’ll let Yes! Communications‘ Tom Vincent give you the lowdown:
PingMag MAKE is the sister site to PingMag. We use an interview format to put the spotlight on a wide range of people active in rural areas. We document the voices of these unknown heroes and broadcast them to the world. It’s the Japan-based magazine about people and making things, coming out once a week. We’re passing on the passion, ideas, skills, and life stories of people who are building today and exploring tomorrow: craftsmen, engineers, entrepreneurs, and inventors. Stay tuned!