Momus’ first post at Design Observer is now up: “Berlin Wheatpasting.”
As the article says, it’s been a crazy year for the Aoyama Book Center this year, but the good news is that things are back to normal, and it’s time for a foreign book bargain sale!
It was a year of calamities in Japan, and Aoyama Book Center makes no exception there. But as we all know now, everybody loves ABC, and thanks to the firm support and efforts of all parties involved, the shop has resumed business and is now operating as usual. Eager to make 2005 a better round, ABC’s head store presents with the grand bargain sale of foreign books in January its first highlight for the new year. Offered are all kinds of foreign publications, including also a selection of rare photo books. On January 9, Moriyama Daido and Hosoe Eikoh appear in a talk show. After finishing your pray at Meiji Shrine, I recommend you to head straight for the ABC! (REALTOKYO)
The sale happens January 7-9.
A shot of Cat Street in Harajuku.
You’ll probably notice a few superficial changes to the site, and that’s just me playing around a bit, slightly modifying things. I really got tired of the little icons found everywhere, and as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve always wanted to de-emphasize the dating system, putting the articles up front (but no worries, the dates still appear at the end of all articles). I did most of it on Christmas day, and will continue to nip and cut here and there over the next few days.
Update: I didn’t really like where I was heading with my changes. Decided to go back to how it was before, and to slowly start rethinking the whole site.
I think I’ve already proclaimed my love for the Frog Style collection, and today I picked up two more from the brand new series. Volume 10 sees frogs representing the animals from the Chinese zodiac. I got the tiger and the wild pig.
A few desserts at the Pause cafe.