Meta Tokyo Walking

A Morning in West Tokyo

I haven’t been writing much about my cycling adventures of late, but I do go out pretty much every morning for a spin in the city. I recently picked up a Thermal Ride Jacket and Insulated Cycling Gloves from Mont-Bell, and so the cold weather isn’t at all an issue. I also wanted to pick up their Winter Cycling Pants — yes, I’ve crossed THAT line, I’m ready to wear cycling tights — but they were out of my size.

I don’t always go very far — a regular route is heading down Meiji dori to Kanda river, and then cycling along that for a bit — but it just feels good to be riding. A new accessory I got is a bell equipped with a compass, which I’m finding extremely useful. I have a horrible sense of direction, and I’m finding it really helps me get my bearings when I’m exploring a new area.

This morning after I got down to Kanda river, I decided I’d follow Shin-Mejiro dori and see if it would get me to Nakano (I did bring my TOKYO CITY ATLAS with me). It wasn’t the most direct of routes, but made for a nice ride. I followed Shin-Mejiro dori, and just about the time it turns into Mejiro dori, I headed west on Shin-Ome kaido, and then south-west on Nakano dori. Once I got to Nakano, I figured I’d go to Koenji — a place I haven’t been to in ages — and get a latte at Planet 3rd, which is where I’m at right now, writing this. To get back home, I’m thinking I’ll get back to Nakano and then follow Nakano-dori until I get to Waseda dori, which should bring me back to my starting point.

Ah, the joys of riding — I feel like starting a cycling club now!


PingMag: Karan Koron


PingMag covers the “Karan Koron — A Geta Art Exhibition,” recently held in LA and produced by graffiti veteran MakeOne.


On Design for December 2007


This month’s edition of my “On Design” column is in today’s THE JAPAN TIMES, and can be read online here. In it, I cover the new MoMa Design Store, Kashiwa Sato’s collection of new year cards for Japan Post, the Arch cat toy by Collex, the Dyson/ISSEY MIYAKE “The Wind” collaboration, and Sharp‘s PLC adapters.


No Magazine, No Life

title0802MAGAZINE PICK-UP ALERT: It didn’t take long before I bought a copy of the new issue of TITLE (96). With a cover sporting the words “2008: A Magazine Odyssey,” you just know I had to pick it up. It’s a terrific look at the world of magazines, with the feature claiming “No Magazine, No Life.” Amen, brother! There’s also a great bilingual insert, produced with MONOCLE (it’s almost as if the insert was pulled straight out of an issue of MONOCLE), that covers different aspects of the magazine’s inaugural year, including looks at some test covers and their HQ in London.

And yes, I know I haven’t done one of my “This Week in Magazines” posts in a while. I have been going through new magazines on a regular basis, and have even taken notes for those posts, but for some reason just didn’t get around to writing them of late. I’ll try to get one up this week with a look at the latest releases.


More Trouble for the iPhone in Japan

BUSINESS WEEK takes a look at the challenges Apple faces in bringing the iPhone to Japan. I still think that no current handset in Japan even comes close to matching the iPhone’s innovative, and user-friendly, interface. (Thanks, Max!)


Chihiro Tanaka’s Onduler and Sakulight


Dezeen covers two new lights from Chihiro Tanaka: Onduler and Sakulight (pictured above).


PingMag: Masayuki Takahashi

PingMag takes a look at the sexy designs of Masayuki Takahashi (MAVO).


PingMag: Christmas Gifts


Still not done with all your Christmas shopping? Let PingMag’s gift suggestions guide you in your time of need.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week from MoCo Loco


In this week’s Tokyo post for MoCo Loco I cover the Ayuregg, Ace 60‘s smaller accessories, and &design‘s LED Watch for Takumi.


Onitsuka Tiger + Tokidoki has news that next year will see a bunch of new collaborations between sneaker brand Onitsuka Tiger and Tokidoki (aka Italian artist Simone Legno).