Cafes Design

Sign Anniversary

Sign Daikyanama is celebrating its first anniversary with the release of a collection of coffee tumblers designed by the likes of Groovisions, TEN_DO_TEN, and Shu-Thang Grafix (there’s a fourth one, but I’m not sure who the artist is). I think they go for around 1000 yen.


Tabaimo in Newsweek

The latest issue of the Japan edition of NEWSWEEK has a piece on Japanese artist Tabaimo (Ayako Tabata) — “A Jolt to the System.”


The Page


Here’s the page from METROPOLIS with the Q&A. I gotta admit that I really got a kick out of seeing it.

Events Film

Short Shorts Festival


Time for this year’s edition of the Short Shorts Festival.

The Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo returns for its second year with another 90 new short films by young filmmakers across the world. The special screenings include Open Road (A-I), a new piece by Hong Kong auteur Johnny To, a program of Korean music clips and four shorts from Vietnam. The festival is divided into five sections: five programs of International shorts from Europe, Australia and America, four programs of Asia shorts, three of Japanese shorts and extra programs of shorts by Alfonso and Carlos Cuaron (B&C) and the Tokyo Film Center School of Arts. Among the short animations, dramas and comedies, ranging from 3-minute micro-shorts to 30-minute mini-features, check out Oh My God, a gore-fest comedy (I-A), The Porcelain Pussy, a film noir with an homme fatale (I-B), Elephant Boy, a drama about a Mumbai beggar (AI-D), Murder Obliquely, a star-studded love-triangle drama by Alfonso Cuaron (B&C), and Nature Calls Me, a comedy about a heavenly toilet seat (N-A). The great thing about short film festivals is that no matter how bad the current film is, another one will be along in a minute. (Tokyo Q)

It takes place at the Laforet Museum, June 29 to July 4. Also, remember that this weekend sees the Flashback/Flashforward event — classic Japanese films with English subs for only 600 yen!

Film Web

I Heart T(N)YO


See Momus experience Tokyo-love in New York. I second his recommendation of Katsuhito Ishii’s THE TASTE OF TEA — I loved it dearly when I saw it a few weeks ago (and even mentioned it in this Gridskipper post).

Meta Music

Radio OK Fred: O.Lamm

As it was put online while I was in HK, I didn’t get a chance to mention that a new episode of Radio OK Fred is now online and ready to be downloaded. This new episode marks the beginning of a new series of invited mixes that we plan on uploading every month or so. We’ll still be doing our regular shows, so this is just a bonus. The first mix is by French electronic artist O.Lamm — enjoy!

As always, you can email us for a complete playlist, as well as subscribe to the podcast feed so as not to miss any episodes.

Magazines Meta

Jean Snow Vs. Metropolis

The Q&A that METROPOLIS did with me appears in the issue that will be out tomorrow (587). You can already read it online here (scroll down).

Fashion Society

The Decorer


Found this on Boing Boing:

Apparently this new Japanese girl subculture is called “Decorer” (one who decorates, or is decorated). A little candy-raver, a little kinderslut, a little goth lolita, and a little Cindy Lauper. Pretty amazing. Link

The page he’s referring to is currently not loading (probably too much traffic). Never heard of this. Anyone?

Tokyo Walking Web

Overhead Tokyo

Robb, my editor at Tokyo Q, points out that Google Maps now covers Tokyo! It’s fun trying to zoom in on certain locations, like Meiji Jingu, or Tokyo Tower.

Update: Get a load of Muji’s Yurakucho store’s red roof!

Manga Tokyo Walking

Miss Mizuno and the Anna Miller Girls


Spend a Sunday afternoon with Patrick Macias and Junko Mizuno in Kichijoji.