PauseTalk Vol. 28

Yes, I’m extremely late with my write-up on the February 2009 edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 28), but then again, it gives me the opportunity to plug the next edition, which happens this coming Monday (March 2, from 20:00 at Cafe Pause). I’d like to thank everyone who came to the last one and made it so enjoyable — and nicely crowded. I honestly can’t remember what was covered, but I assure you it was all good.

Below, a partial list of those who attended, because I didn’t properly keep track of everyone who came. If you’re missing from the list, please let me know and I’ll add it right away — and apologies for being the senile entity that I am.

Working: Postalco

Tramnesia adds another great video to its “Working” series. It’s another international couple — following Knee High Media — this time Mike and Yuri Abelson, who run the stationery brand/company Postalco. I’ve seen their products all over the city, but didn’t realize they had a shop of their own — it’s in Kyobashi — which I’ll have to check out soon. Always nice to see small companies like this doing so well.

We Don’t Need Fake!!!

Josh McKible is busy: on top of the recent poster for Cafe Pause and label for the original tea blend, now he’s also collaborating with papercraft legend Shin Tanaka. Josh was invited to participate — along with six other designers — in a project called “We Don’t Need Fake!!!” To help keep things “real and original,” download the designs here.

And if you haven’t done so already, have a look at the latest batch of NaniBirds, ready to be printed and folded.

The New King of Combini in Tokyo

According to Japan Probe, Japanese convenience store chain Lawson is about to purchase rival chain AM/PM. 7-11 remains the monster chain in Japan, but in Tokyo at least, the new deal would give Lawson 1,795 stores versus 7-11’s 1,602.

I love my Japanese convenience stores, oh yes I do.