My latest Tokyo post is up on MoCo Loco, covering Fumie Shibata‘s ZUTTO kitchen appliances for Zojirushi, news that Plus Minus Zero has launched an international site, and the dates for the Good Design Expo 2008.
After 21 years in print, publisher Shogakukan’s Young Sunday comics magazine is calling it quits. Anime News Network has details on what will happen to all of its manga titles — most of them are heading to Big Comic Spirits.
While I was out of town, I kept up with my weekly Tokyo posts over at MoCo Loco, but didn’t link to them. Here then is what you may have missed.
I’m a bit late on this, but this month’s edition of my “On Design” appeared last week in The Japan Times, and can be read online here. In it, I covered Takumi‘s BeansQtap extension cord, John Di Cesare’s Parashell umbrellas, Kazuhiko Tomita’s Kabon tray, Nihon-Sweden‘s Envelope bags and cases, and the 100% Lamp/Lamp Table Base.
I’m not quite sure how I missed this — let’s blame it on me being out of the country for the month — but Chin Music Press has a new release, in the form of Minoru Morita’s Curing Japan’s America Addiction.
Mr. Morita argues that President Bush and former Prime MInister Junichiro Koizumi have all but destroyed Japan’s once-burgeoning middle class. He says Japan needs to step back from the US and reevaluate this relationship, which has become more like an addiction than a friendship. Mr. Moritaâ€”a rare political analyst who spends more time in the provinces than the capitalâ€”tells us what the Japanese people really think about the last eight years of military buildup and market fundamentalism. In a nutshell, they are as fed up with the course of things as we are. Read this book to find out how to put the US-Japan relationship on more stable ground.
This is the first book from CMP to be released as a paperback, and is available now from its website for $15.
It’s summer, it’s hot, and you need new t-shirts. Good thing Tokyo Art Beat has just launched its fourth Tokyo t-shirt collection then! They’re doing things a bit different this time out, releasing two new tees every two months.
The first two designs, pictured above, are by Ko-Zou and Tada Reiko (Kiiiiiii), and can be purchased directly from the TAB shop (international orders are very much welcomed). As always, all proceeds go to help support the site, itself a non-profit organization.
Just a quick note to say I just got back to Tokyo, and so you can expect regular transmissions on this site to pick up again.
Pictured above, me enjoying some great local ale at a pub back in Canada (and contemplating what to drink next). Thanks for the photo, Bones!