It’s been out for a bit, but in case you missed it, the latest episode of Toco Toco TV profiles the highly detailed samurai sculptures of artist Tetsuya Noguchi. The episode also includes a trip to Tokyu Hands (one of Noguchi’s favorite spots), and man did that make me miss having access to Tokyu Hands — when I lived in both Ikebukuro and Shibuya, I always had access to a giant branch.
The Artless design agency has opened a new office/gallery/cafe in Nakameguro (a move from the previously smaller space they occupied in Harajuku) and it looks like a stunning space (see photos in this Spoon & Tamago post). The gallery is strangely by appointment only, but the cafe is open to all, and specializes in both coffee and green tea.
It’s finally happening, we’re getting a Ghibli theme park. Set to open in 2020 in Aichi prefecture, the idea is that it will be more of a Totoro park (which is fine by me, as that’s still my favorite Ghibli film). There’s more info in this Spoon & Tamago post.
A beautiful branding/packaging project by my buddy Ian Lynam for the Kurokura sake brand.
Kinoco Hotel have a 10th album coming out that’s a compilation of past tracks (with one new track), and I just love the covers. Here’s also a great video for the track “Atashi no Sniper (Short Version).” I’ve seen them at least a couple of times live at SuperDeluxe, and they give an awesome show. More details about the album over at Tokyo’s Coolest Sound.
And another BitSummit has come and gone in Kyoto. As with last year, I’m quite sad I couldn’t be there, and seeing so many of my friends (through social media) have a blast — during and after hours — was a pain. But I am happy to see that it looks like it’s been the biggest edition so far, and I am looking forward to catching up on what happened on the main stage through the Twitch archives (I think everything was streamed). Big ups to the gang for putting on what is one of the most exciting developments in indie gaming in Japan in recent years, and I’m sure we’re going to see them coming in strong again for the next edition. The photo above (tweeted by Jeremy Parish) is of the opening speech by James Mielke, the event’s founder and creative director.
Nice to see Brave Wave getting coverage for their Ninja Gaiden: The Definitive Soundtrack release over at Time Out Tokyo.
I missed posting this in time for Duncan‘s pop-up shop that he did this past weekend at Kanno Coffee, but I still love seeing all of his products in one image like this. Via Canvas.
“L’appel du vide” a beautiful photography project by Lukasz Palka that offers up a rooftop view of Tokyo.
For its latest episode, Toco Toco TV revisits the gaming space through a profile of Kazutoshi Iida (Doshin the Giant). He produced three games (that was always his plan), before turning into an academic. The episodes features a great look at some of Kyoto’s art spots.