Events Music

Cornelius at SDX


Cornelius had an invitation-only live show last night at SuperDeluxe. Digiki was there, and shares the above pic.

Cafes Events Music

Kei Suzuki Event at Cafe Pause


I just posted a Flickr photoset of shots from the “Test [N]” sound/video performance we had last month at the cafe, involving Kei Suzuki. They’re having another performance, this time with Tupelo Drive, a full accoustic band (which will be accompanied by Suzuki on visuals), tonight (September 30) from 20:00. Drop by if you’re in the area!

Events Stores

United Bamboo and Pinceau Omotesando

Last night I dropped by the opening reception for the new United Bamboo shop in Aoyama (behind Omotesando Hills), along with the new Masamichi Katayama-designed Pinceau store, located in the same building. The United Bamboo store has a sort of gallery concept, which gives it a livelier feel than the Daikanyama store. I don’t know much about Pinceau Omotesando, but Katayama was in attendance, and it was nice getting to meet him. This was followed by a party at Montoak, where drinks and hors d’oeuvres were aplenty, which meant for good — if crowded — fun. Apologies for the lack of photos, as I didn’t have my camera with me.

Design Events

Design Tide 2006


The Design Tide website has been updated with info on this year’s edition of the event, with lots more promised from October 10. I quite like the fact that this year they’ll have a main exhibition area, in an old building in Harajuku.

Art Events Web

TAB 2nd Anniversary Party

076e-170Tokyo Art Beat will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a party at SuperDeluxe on October 9. More info here.


Murata Boy

Who says robots in Japan are dead?

A robot rides a bicycle at the headquarters of electronics equipment maker Murata Manufacturing Co. The “Murata Boy” can ride up a 25-degree slope and stop without losing its balance. It can also make an S-curve without falling off the bicycle. The new robots will be shown at CEATEC Japan 2006 that opens Oct 3. (Crisscross)

Street Art in Itabashi


Patrick finds some street art in Itabashi, and shares plenty of pics.

Design Fashion Music Stores

Karl Escritt + Japonica

Kyoto-based designer Karl Escritt has designed a t-shirt for record store Japonica.

Anime Music

New Halcali Single


I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for Halcali, and Patrick’s Agenda has word of a new single, that will also act as the theme song for the new anime version of the Powerpuff Girls (to be called POWERPUFF GIRLS Z), starting October 7. The single itself is only out in December.

Events Fashion

Hanae Mori Retrospective in Paris


If you’re in Paris, you might want to catch this:

Hanae Mori began her prestigious career as a costume designer in the post-war Japan movie scene. In 1965 she presented her famous collection, “East Meets West” in New York, and in 1979 she became the only Asian designer to be admitted to La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Commemorating her prestigious career, the Hanae Mori Foundation will be presenting a retrospective at La Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris from October 6th to the 27th. In addition to her more famous pieces the website informs us that the exhibition will feature an animated robot mannequin designed by Tatsuya Matsui and dressed by Ms. Mori in an effort “to be a hyphen with [the] 21st century rather than pure nostalgia.” It should be a lovely exhibition, so if you’re in Paris at the time, go and check it out. (