No, I’m not referring to the “New 52” revamp that DC Comics launched in 2011, but rather to the fact that as we close off the month of August (it’s just past 23:00 as I write this), I’ve written 52 posts on the blog this month (this will be post 53). The last time the […]
I’m rather fond of the illustrative work of Ryo Takemasa, whose work you’ll often find on the covers of Japanese magazine titles. Take the time to take in his portfolio, both on his personal site and on his Behance page.
I can’t believe it. The image you see here (of Shibuya station, from this Architizer post) was drawn first by pencil, and then pen, by Tomoyuki Tanaka. He has created these massive and insanely detailed works for various stations, and they’re currently on show at the “Doboku Civil Engineering” exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight.
This was definitely something that I was already seeing before I left Tokyo, and I see that it has continued with gusto. I’m referring to the growing love of all things Portland in Tokyo, via quirky cafes/bars that go as far as serving imported craft beers from the city. Here’s a piece that offers up […]
I’m writing a post about something that was blogged by Momus, and suddenly I feel like it’s 2004. But no, it’s 2016, and I just came across his review of Yuichi Yokoyama’s latest manga, Iceland. The piece goes beyond said book, and does a great job of describing what is so interesting about Yokoyama’s work. […]
I came across this post on Design You Trust with really fantastic photography of Tokyo by Liam Wong, and then after doing a bit of digging, I find out that he’s an art director at Ubisoft Montreal (that’s where I work). You’ll find more of his city photography at his Instagram account, and you can […]
Outside of animation, I’ve really fallen off the wagon when it comes to watching Japanese films. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t make the effort to find interesting things anymore, or if it’s that there are just less interesting films coming out, but that’s where I found myself. I’m happy though that my […]
I was planning on binging the season once it was over, but playing the Mr. Robot iOS game put me in the mood to dig in, and now I just hit episode 7, and wow. And the opening 15 minutes of episode 6. Without reading specific things about the season, I was getting a general […]
I wasn’t expecting to really like this – I didn’t like Age of Ultron, and everything I saw in the trailers for it made it look so drab – but hey, I enjoyed it. But it does look drab (in terms of art direction). I mostly liked the fight scenes, especially the big one (in […]
Mati Mati is a beautiful series of stationery that takes authentic map data from areas in Japan as a graphic base. The first collection covered Marunouchi, Kichijoji, Omotesando, and Fukuoka Tenjin, while the new collection includes Yokohama (pictured), Kyoto, Umeda, and Kobe. It was art directed by Yuruliku Design.