Muji Hotel

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.

Going Beyond Scanlations

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.

Designart

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 T-Shirts for Charity

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.