Events Music

Dense Music Instore Live


How should you be celebrating the release of Dense Music, Digiki’s new album on the Tokyo Fun Party label? By going to the instore live this Sunday (July 27, 16:00-19:00) at Styles Daikanyama of course. Entrance is free, and you also get SoccerBoy, who will surely be sporting the nicest eighties rock tee this side of the Pacific.

Anime Film

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Although I usually get pretty excited when a new Hayao Miyazaki film comes along, I can’t say I’ve been particularly pumped for Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. I didn’t much enjoy the teases I’d seen for the film: the deformed and simply drawn main character pointed to a loose style of animation that I didn’t really like. Well, the extended trailer above reveals an entire different film than what I was expecting, and I’m now quite looking forward to seeing it once I get back to Tokyo. Looks like it’s turning into a huge box office hit as well (it opened this past weekend).


PingMag: Japanese Package Design #7


The always delightful — and fellow PauseTalker — Bianca Beuttel returns to PingMag with a new package design piece, this time with a focus on sustainable or eco-friendly packaging in Japan


Just Looking

No, that’s not an idol video, or at least it’s not sold that way. The video is from a DVD series by record label Avex called Miteru Dake (Just Looking). As you can see, it features girls — pumped-up breasts and all — just, well, looking. The idea is that it’s for shy men, to practice looking girls in the eyes. Via Japan Probe, but read more at Clast.

Anime Art Events Web

Totoro Forest Project


The “Totoro Forest Project” needs your help! From artist Enrico Casarosa:

200-plus international artists are trying to help save Sayama forest — also known as Totoro Forest — all as a “thank you for the inspiration” to Miyazaki-san. We’re planning an art auction event, an art book and an exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum here in SF. The website has a lot of information and amazing art pieces all inspired by the world of Totoro.

Do go have a look, as the gallery is already quite impressive. Pictured above is a piece by Enrico.

Design Events

Two Days, Four Products


Kyouei Design held an exhibition in Shizuoka this past weekend — showing off the new Mobile Light and Bulb Lantern (pictured above), as well as a few prototypes — and you can see a few photos from the show here.


Twin-Bricks House


Dezeen shows us a few photos of Atelier Tekuto‘s Twin Bricks House in Saitama.


Neojaponisme: Patterns


Ian has started a new weekly feature on Neojaponisme, offering retro patterns based on Japanese graphics from the fifties for free download. The first set is what you see above.


Hitotoki Sofia


The Hitotoki family of sites keep on growing, this time bringing us narratives from Bulgaria, more specifically the city of Sofia.

Events Technology

Danny and the iPhone Dance

Danny Choo celebrates the launch of the iPhone 3G on Omotesando with another look at the lines, and a little dance. Hope he could get his hands on one, considering the lack of love SoftBank is showing foreigners in Japan.