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Magazines

NJP

This past week I was incredibly happy and excited to receive the first issue of NJP, a new magazine by the creators of the Neojaponisme website. Full disclosure, the two masterminds behind the site (W. David Marx and Ian Lynam) are great friends of mine, and I was — if ever so slightly — involved with the launch of the original Neojaponisme website, but this is truly a thing of beauty, and I can’t recommend enough that you pick up a copy for yourself.

Cover of the first issue of NJP.

As I started reading the issue, as much as I was enjoying what I was taking in, I will admit that I did feel a tinge of sadness — bordering on jealousy — that I never managed to get a magazine project like this up and running. It’s no secret that I have a great love — bordering on obsession — for the medium of magazines, and it even resulted in an old website I used to run called The Magaziner. I always dreamed of producing some sort of indie magazine project, and what they’ve done with NJP is exactly the type of thing I had in mind — a beautifully designed “meaty” object with a strong theme.

But hey, at least someone is doing it, and I get to enjoy the results.

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Books Events Fashion

Ametora, Japanese Edition

Big congrats to David on getting Ametora released in Japan — it’s available now. He shares a few details about the new Japanese edition in his latest Ametora Dispatches newsletter, and he’ll be doing a “talk event” at Ginza Tsutaya on September 1, with Popeye magazine editor-in-chief Takahiro Kinoshita.

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Cafes Fashion Food

Breakfast With David

Here’s a great interview with David — with a nice layout as well — done over breakfast at Aoyama Ichibankan.

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Fashion Magazines

Harajuku Post Fruits & Kera

In his latest Ametora Dispatches newsletter, David writes up a nice essay about the the recent closings of “Harajuku fashion” magazines Fruits and Kera — and he also points out this article, that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but that looks like a decent look at the past and present of the Harajuku street style.

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Music

The Best of Shibuya-kei, Volume One

You’ll remember that late last year David shared a fantastic series of Pizzicato Five reviews on Neojaponisme, and now he’s shared this terrific mix, a true celebration of Shibuya-kei. I was lucky to get an early draft version of this mix a while back, and it’s been my favorite thing to listen to since (I’ve literally listened to it over 30-40 times). I keep bugging him for Volume Two.

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Books Design Fashion Stores

Beams Beyond Tokyo

Not only does the new Beams Beyond Tokyo book from Rizzoli look fantastic — a celebration of the brand’s collaborations through the years — I’m also happy to see that my buddy W. David Marx is one of the contributors. These Rizzoli coffee table books tend to be incredibly well made (oh, you know, like that Tokyolife: Art and Design book), and this looks like another one I’d love to pick up.

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Web

The Year of Nothing

Néojaponisme has tended to end the year with a collection of short pieces by a bevy of collaborators (including me), looking back at some of the top ideas, topics, and themes that marked Japan that year. This year, as David shares in this essay, nothing much happened, and that’s OK. He also ends with a little tease about a new Néojaponisme project for 2017, and that’s certainly something to get excited about.

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Books Fashion

What Comes After Ametora?

As he highlights in his latest “Ametora Dispatches” newsletter, it’s been a year since the release of David’s Ametora, and it’s great to hear that he’s already focusing on the next book he will write. Even better, we’ll get to ride along — and offer feedback — as he writes it.

Starting in January, I am going to hunker down to focus on writing a new book — which at the moment will be not about Japan but a guide to the mechanics of cultural change. I wrote Ametora semi-secretly for about two years (i.e. I did not post excerpts), but for this next book, I would like to share the content in real time to get immediate critique and feedback. I will need your help.

I’m very excited to hear more about this.

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Fashion Web

The Ametora Annotation of the Beams’ 40th Anniversary Video

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David is on an absolute writing tear these days, and following last week’s Pizzicato Five discography review, this week he posts to his “Ametora Extended” collection on Medium (supporting his Ametora book) a massive — and yes, ultimate — guide to that fantastic video Beams released back in October. Sit back, and find out more about all of the fashion movements that popped up in the video.

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Music

Pizzicato Five Discography: 1998-2006

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And so here it is, the final part of David‘s massive Pizzicato Five discography review series. The fact that I’ve highlighted every part here probably gives away that I so love that David took the time to do this, and it was fun to read along and listen again to a lot of these records. I first met David through a Pizzicato Five mailing list (P5ML) during the years leading up to my move to Tokyo in 1998 (after visiting in 1997) and it’s great to be celebrating this stuff again together almost 20 years later.