Recently at MoCo Loco

While I was out of town, I kept up with my weekly Tokyo posts over at MoCo Loco, but didn’t link to them. Here then is what you may have missed.

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First, I covered Plus Minus Zero’s Electric Kettle, Cina‘s 4GB USB flash drive, and Naoto Fukasawa’s Noto ballpoint pen.

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Second week: the Awagami +1 stationery collection, John Di Cesare’s Parashell umbrellas, D-BROS‘ “Hotel Butterfly” cups and saucers.

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Third week: Naoko Kanehira’s works exposed in London, &design‘s Frame Hanger, and Mother Tool‘s Awasefu pass case.

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Last week: Plus Minus Zero’s Mesh Tarp Tote Bag, the latest Nosigner exhibition, and Shiro Kuramata’s exhibition at Limart.

Curing Japan’s America Addiction

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I’m not quite sure how I missed this — let’s blame it on me being out of the country for the month — but Chin Music Press has a new release, in the form of Minoru Morita’s Curing Japan’s America Addiction.

Mr. Morita argues that President Bush and former Prime MInister Junichiro Koizumi have all but destroyed Japan’s once-burgeoning middle class. He says Japan needs to step back from the US and reevaluate this relationship, which has become more like an addiction than a friendship. Mr. Morita—a rare political analyst who spends more time in the provinces than the capital—tells us what the Japanese people really think about the last eight years of military buildup and market fundamentalism. In a nutshell, they are as fed up with the course of things as we are. Read this book to find out how to put the US-Japan relationship on more stable ground.

This is the first book from CMP to be released as a paperback, and is available now from its website for $15.

TAB Tokyo Collection 4

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It’s summer, it’s hot, and you need new t-shirts. Good thing Tokyo Art Beat has just launched its fourth Tokyo t-shirt collection then! They’re doing things a bit different this time out, releasing two new tees every two months.

The first two designs, pictured above, are by Ko-Zou and Tada Reiko (Kiiiiiii), and can be purchased directly from the TAB shop (international orders are very much welcomed). As always, all proceeds go to help support the site, itself a non-profit organization.

Back in TYO

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Just a quick note to say I just got back to Tokyo, and so you can expect regular transmissions on this site to pick up again.

Pictured above, me enjoying some great local ale at a pub back in Canada (and contemplating what to drink next). Thanks for the photo, Bones!