Music Web

Last Place

Cody Norenberg — friend of PauseTalk — was behind last year’s “Mind Vitamin” event, and now comes a 2-track release from him (under the name Bernstein), “Last Place,” which is downloadable from Beatport (either do a search in Beatport, or click here and look for “Last Place”).

Cafes Events Photography

Soft Boiled Vol. 3


My friend Masayo Miki is participating in a group photography exhibition at the MWS A Point cafe in Ikebukuro (2-1-16 Nishi-Ikebukuro, 03-5391-1256). “Soft Boiled Vol. 3” starts today, and runs until March 18.


Lilmag Store

2760327I don’t know much about them, but the other day I picked up a flyer at Cafe Pause that led me to the Lilmag Store, an online market for Japanese zines.

Events Meta

PauseTalk Vol. 8

How fast a month goes by, it’s already time for another edition of PauseTalk! That’s right, tomorrow night (March 5) sees Vol. 8, with the usual start time of 19:30 at Cafe Pause. One of the things on the agenda is the handing off of cameras for the 8mm Film Project (we’ll also have some film). But that shouldn’t take too much time, and most of the evening will be spent on the usual schedule of talk and socializing.

Books Fashion

Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno Now!


Looks like copies of Patrick Macias’ JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL INFERNO — scheduled to come out this May in the US — are already on store shelves here. Why do you want this book? Because it’s filled with an “encyclopedic mega-narrative about how the outlaw spirit of post-war Japanese youth was tamed and ultimately overtaken by the unscrupulous market forces of media-driven hypercapitalism.” So there.

Fashion Gridskipper Stores

This Week at Gridskipper

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This Week in Magazines

  • CASA BRUTUS (84) covers the “Japanese Hotel Evolution,” in the form of a rundown of the latest and greatest when it comes to Japanese hospitality and accommodations. They also have a piece that calls out to “Save the Modern Architecture,” spotlighting older, and iconic, architectural landmarks.
  • TITLE (86) is “Addicted to Photo Love!” It’s a rather nice survey of all things photo, including tips on photography, books to look for, surveys of cameras, and much more. One of their better issues.
  • RESEARCH (1), with the tagline “For New Vision,” is a new mook from the makers of HUGE (and it’s being branded as a spinoff of sorts) that focuses on the “Advanced Workplace.” You get plenty of images of designers’ work studios, as well as company offices, and even a piece on small Tokyo offices. I’ve mentioned before my obsession with people’s works spaces, and so quite enjoyed leafing through this.
  • STUDIO VOICE (375) continues with its series of issues celebrating their 30th anniversary. The feature this time is on the “Creator of Our Time,” which is mostly made up of a look at the magazines archives, highlighting various creators that have appeared throughout the years.
  • REAL DESIGN (10) goes for fashion this month with a huge feature on leather shoes — can’t say that there was much for me to enjoy here. There is a profile on Gwenael Nicolas though.
  • BRUTUS (612) devotes its latest issue to the world of coffee, which means info on the beans themselves, methods of preparation, surveys of specialized coffee shops in Tokyo, and more. The “Tokyo Midtown Style Vol. 2” piece continues their coverage of the upcoming complex, set to open at the end of this month.
  • After a free preview issue last year, NUMERO TOKYO finally launches with a first official issue, and it looks like it’s going to be a monthly (I seem to remember the preview issue mentioning something about being quarterly). If you know the original NUMERO, then you know what to expect — a smart take on fashion.
  • EYESCREAM (2007/4) puts a Freitag bag on its cover to announce “The Recycle Issue.” Freitag of course gets coverage inside, and it’s not a bad survey on the art of “Creative Recycling.”
  • The latest PEN (194) is a big one — square-bound at that — and no wonder since its their 2007 Spring/Summer fashion issue.
  • This month’s AXIS (126) has a cover interview with Dai Fujiwara, and a feature that examines “Photographic Expression and Design” — how photography is used in design, and vice-versa.
Art Events

Lab Motion Review


TABlog reviews the recent “Lab Motion” exhibition, that featured works by Exonemo, Tochka, and Assistant.


Cardboard Box Design

PingMag looks at Japanese packaging design again, this time with a focus on cardboard boxes.

Design Technology

Softbank + Pantone

If you’ve ridden on the Yamanote line in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen the massive ad campaign for the latest mobile phone model to come from Softbank, the Pantone collection (also known under the exceedingly boring model name 812SH), available in 20 colors. The image above is from a post on Core77.

Update (16/10/30): The image is no longer available.