Happening in Tokyo

  • Looking to get your party on tomorrow night (September 28)? Tokyo Fun Party have you got covered with “Pump It Up,” featuring the likes of SoccerBoy, Digiki, DJ Codomo, Home Cut, DJ Family, and a live set by Chimidoro. It takes place at La Fabrique in Shibuya (3000 yen at the door, 2500 yen with flyer, and 2000 yen on discount — info here on how get the discount).
  • Tokyo Art Beat is about to celebrate its 3rd anniversary of providing indispensable art/design event listings for the city, and will celebrate with a party, “Kurikku,” at SuperDeluxe on October 13. All details appear here, on TAB of course.
Tokyo Walking Web

Hitotoki New York


Ladies and gentlemen, Hitotoki New York is now live! Brought to you from the same fine folks — that would be Chin Music Press and AQ — who brought you the English and Japanese versions of the initial Tokyo site.

Anime Games

GTA with an Anime Twist

Video of a mod for the game GRAND THEFT AUTO, with an anime twist. Disturbing. Via Core77.

Design Events Fashion

Assistant + Giraffe Collaboration


Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama of the architectural firm Assistant do not like to corner themselves in the traditional role of architects. A quick look at some of the unit’s projects run the gamut from interior space design to t-shirts to art installations to children workshops (most recently in honor of the life and works of Le Corbusier). A new collaboration sees the pair create a collection of tie and scarf prints for Giraffe, which are also being shown at an exhibition at Gallery Mitate (inside Gallery Le Bain in Nishi-Azabu) until September 30, as part of an installation that was also designed by the duo. The collection, featuring names like “Bling Bling” and “Tokyo Rooftop,” is sold at the venue.

Here’s another photo of the gallery installation — both photos were taken by Yoshitsugu Enomoto.



On Design for September 2007


This month’s edition of my “On Design” column is in today’s THE JAPAN TIMES (and online here). In it, I cover Tokujin Yoshioka‘s Tear Drop, Takafumi Nemoto‘s GOONY, new items from &design, Nosign Design‘s Pokkari light, and Kyouei‘s Umbrella Pot.

Food Photography

The Life of a Vending Machine


PSFK points to a blog that has one simple obsession: Ryuuichi Terada has been taking daily pictures of the same vending machine in Sapporo for the past 2 years. See the evolution here.


Tadao Ando’s Arts Centre in Venice


Dezeen covers a Tadao Ando-designed arts center in Venice.

Design Events

Tokyo Type Directors Club in Sydney


City of Sound’s Dan visits the Tokyo Type Directors Club show at the UTS Gallery in Sydney. I have that Gelman poster!


Metal Shutter Houses


Renderings for Shigeru Ban’s upcoming Metal Shutter Houses, to be built Manhattan’s West Chelsea. Via Tropolism.

Design Toys TV

Domo-kun Meets Mimibots


I really like NHK’s mascot Domo-kun, and so does Mimibots it seems, according to this post.