The Babel Effect

First it was POKEMON, now BABEL is freaking some people out.

Seven people have complained of nausea and other health symptoms at theaters in Aichi and Mie prefectures after watching the Oscar-nominated U.S. movie “Babel,” theater officials said Monday.

The sickness is believed to be linked with a scene about one hour and 20 minutes into the movie where the high school student played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi dances in a club that has strobe-effect lighting. The blinking lasts about a minute.

Read more here.


Gone Hiking


Out in Okutama today. What a beautiful day!

Design Stores

Steve Lidbury

steve2Josh Spear highlights the work of Tokyo-based interior designer Steve Lidbury.

Events Gridskipper Music Tokyo Walking

This Week at Gridskipper


You can read all of my Gridskipper posts here (or even subscribe to a feed).

Anime Film

Next Up for Satoshi Kon

We finally get a few details on director Satoshi Kon’s next project.

Tokyopop has posted an exclusive interview with Satoshi Kon, director of Tokyo Godfathers and the more recent Paprika. In the interview, Kon talks about the other writers who have indirectly influenced his work, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, and mentions that he is already writing the script for his next film. He expects this work, which he calls “a future folklore story,” to be completed in about two or two and a half years. After he has completed several more feature films, Kon would also like to again direct a television series. (Anime News Network)
Music Web

Shugo Tokumaru’s First Album at Other Music

2984If you’re a fan of Shugo Tokumaru and have been having a hard time getting your hands on his first album, a reader just sent me this bit of info:

NYC’s Other Music’s new DRM free digital download store is now selling his hard-to-get-hold-of first album, Night Piece,¬†for $9.99. Only works inside the US though.
Photography Web

Tim Rudder’s Tokyo Photography


Animator Tim Rudder has put up a site for the photography he’s been taking in and around Tokyo since he moved to the city.

Design Events

Water Logo


Paul stopped by the “Tokyo Fiber” exhibition at Spiral, and recommends it. On the picture he took (you’ll find a few more on his Flickr account): “Droplets slowly grow through the fabric to spell out the event’s name and then glide down. Impressive effect.”

Design Food Stores

Wonderwall Updates


Some new Wonderwall eye-candy updates, including photo galleries of the Tokyo Curry Lab at Tokyo Tower (pictured above), a Dean & Deluca store in Seijo, and the Kafka restaurant at Tokyo Midtown (which also features art direction by Kashiwa Sato).

Manga Technology

Keitai Manga

THE JAPAN TIMES has a piece up on mobile phone-formatted manga, which to me, really does sound like something I’d like to see grow even more (including from North American publishers).