Food Manga

Golgo 13 Canned Coffee


Move over BOSS, Golgo’s taking over the canned coffee racket! I don’t much care for the world of canned coffee anymore (it’s gotten to a point where I just can’t drink it — too sweet), but I absolutely love these cans featuring Golgo 13 art on them. The Mainichi has a gallery of all the cans available. Via Japan Probe.

Art Events TB.Grafico

Animal Behavior


Last week I was at the Shin-Marunouchi Building to have lunch at Rigoletto with my wife, and checked out Nagi Noda, Shinji Konishi, and Asami Nemoto’s “Animal Behavior” hair hat exhibition (it’s on the Marunouchi House floor). It runs until May 6.


Pictured above, a tote bag being sold featuring Nagi Noda’s Hanpanda.


This Week in Magazines


  • PEN (220) heads to Spain and bids us “Welcome to Basque Country.” The feature covers major cities, and all the spots and eats you’ll want to take in on a trip there.
  • The latest PAPER SKY (25) is all about the “California Morning,” covering all the sorts of things — from cafes to markets — that you could be enjoying on the coast.
  • BRUTUS (638) is all about bread, and I wouldn’t recommend leafing through it on an empty stomach (like I did). It covers everything you need to know about bread, from types found at bakeries to the bakeries to check out (in Paris and in Tokyo), even how to make it. Really makes me want to change my breakfast routine (typically limited to a cup of yogurt these days).
  • It’s a must-buy issue of CASA BRUTUS (98) this month, with their annual feature covering “The Best of Tokyo.”
  • The latest issue of AXIS (133) has Stefano Marzano on the cover, and a very interesting feature on “Concept Design.” I really liked the piece that looks at concept design in Hollywood, with some pretty amazing images to illustrate the work of all the designers who get covered.

Happening in Tokyo

  • The end of May brings the Thai Film Festival (May 31 – July 11) to Tokyo at Cinemart Roppongi. Two of the films will be shown with English subtitles: MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON and TOTAL BANGKOK. Tickets for the screenings are already on sale at the theater, and through PIA.
  • Gelman’s “Minimal Tokyo” series returns May 10 (from 23:55) at Liquid Room. This 9th edition, “Collision,” will include live visuals by UK and German artists Max Hattler and Robert Seidel.
Fashion Magazines

Vice Fashion Trend Report 2008


In its new fashion issue, VICE offers up a global trend report for 2008, including a look at what the kids in Tokyo are wearing. Via PSFK.


Sponsors: Tokyomade


I’d like to welcome online shop Tokyomade as a new sponsor on the site. They specialize in selling clothes and accessories from Japanese (or Japan-based) designers, shipping worldwide. They’re currently working on a Japanese version of the site as well.


PauseTalk Vol. 20


It’s been very late in coming, and I apologize for that, but here’s the list of participants from the April edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 20). I’m missing a few names from some new people, so if you don’t see your name there, please let me know. It was probably the biggest PauseTalk to date (not counting the Swedish Style edition we did last year) with around 22-23 participants (not bad for a cafe that has 24 seats). You can see a few photos from the event taken by Rafael de Lima here. Also, please note that because of the Golden Week holiday, the next PauseTalk (Vol. 21) will take place on the second Monday of next month, so May 12.

Andrew Lee (Art Director)
Anna Antoniades (Fashion Designer)
Cameron Eeles (Writer)
Craig Mod (Designer)
Gen Higashikawa (Writer)
James Bowskill (Web Designer)
Jean Snow (Writer)
Joe Keenan (Graphic Designer)
Jose Luis Olivares (Illustrator)
Josh McKible (Illustrator)
Kristina Dryza (Strategic Insight)
Masao Tamaoki (Online Retail)
Max Hodges (Publisher)
Rafael de Lima (Photographer)
Ronnie Kattan (Online Retail)
Samson Adjei (Architect)
Shantell Martin (Illustrator)
Shige (Online Retail)


Stealth Upgrade

Some of you have noticed the stealth upgrade I did to the site last night. The green had been there for way too long (since November 2006, actually), and I was really looking for a change. I pretty much re-did the site last Sunday morning, when I woke up and had the idea for the new look, and I’ve just been tweaking things here and there since. Let me know if you encounter any problems or weirdness anywhere.

Books Photography

Japanese Rooms


JAPANESE ROOMS is a new photo book by artist and graphic designer Sven Ingmar Thies that takes a look at how the Japanese live, with photo spreads of their rooms taken in five cities (Berlin, New York, Shanghai, Vienna, and Tokyo). The book can be purchased from the Kaitenart website, or through Amazon Japan.

Art Web

New York Art Beat


New York Art Beat launches! I really like that dark purple color scheme.