When I saw this mentioned on Muji’s Instagram account the other day, my jaw dropped: Muji is producing a hotel — along with a new flagship store — in Ginza, set to open in 2019. As this Spoon & Tamago post reveals (and that’s also where you’ll find more details on the Ginza project), it’s not Muji’s first hotel, as they’re also producing one in Shenzhen.
Kotaku has a great piece about how people working at producing “scanlations” (the unauthorized scanning and translation of manga) who are now trying to get publishers to actually hire them. Interesting to see the struggle happening — as well as the view by some Japanese publishers that when something gets scanlated, that it may no longer be worth publishing a proper edition in that language.
I’m very happy to see the arrival of the new Designart (“Design & Art”) festival in Tokyo, set to take place for the first time in October of this year. I’m especially happy because among the founders are Astrid Klein & Mark Dytham, who I of course worked with during my last 6 years in Tokyo. Here’s a Facebook post by Mark talking about the new event.
Games Done Quick just kicked off its summer event yesterday, and to help raise money for charity, The Yetee has gotten in on the action and is offering an attractive selection of t-shirts, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders (and the tees themselves are dirt cheap, at $11 each). I ordered the three pictured in this post. It’s the second time I order tees from The Yetee lately, not long ago having ordered a couple in support of the RPG Limit Break charity event.
Well, since I left Japan, looks like Muji has launched dedicated “Muji Books” sections in some of their stores (pictured, a Muji Books in Shanghai). The big Muji stores — like the flagship Yurakucho one — always had small book sections, but now it looks like we have proper bookstores within their stores. Makes me miss Muji that much more.
Photography site State of Tokyo gets a lovely new logo, and here’s the tale of how it got made.
It’s incredible how haunting and creepy a kids playground can look at night when illuminated, as seen through the work of photographer Kito Fujio. Via Spoon & Tamago.
This is absolutely brilliant package design by Nosigner for a company that produces maekake (traditional workman aprons). See more in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I’m new to the Tweedees, but I’m super in love with their new single, “A la mode.” They just released a new mini album, also called A la mode, and have released two albums previously, and I’m going to need to track them down. Via Tokyo’s Coolest Sound.
My buddy Adrian Hogan (co-organizer of the monthly PauseDraw series) did a presentation at the latest PechaKucha Night in Tokyo (Vol. 148) about the setup he currently uses (pictured) to sketch when he’s out and about.