Art Web

Tokyo Art Beat Launches API

Tokyo Art Beat has released an API, opening up its data to one and all. TAB’s Olivier explains:

We just opened the Tokyo Art Beat API, which, as any geek will know, stands for Application programming interface. What it means is actually the important part: it means that Tokyo Art Beat is now opening its event data, in a well documented format, for anyone with decent programming skills to use and build upon. In other words, this time we are setting our data free, free for people to share and broadcast to more places and in more ways than we could imagine. The API includes not only all the signature Art Beat event smart lists in a format suitable for hacking, mashups and new applications, but also a brand new geolocated search application: give it a location anywhere in the city, a couple of parameter and voilà! Sweet and shiny event data you can feed to your mashups and web apps.

TABlog has more.


Red Ring of Death


That horrible image you see above is the sign of depression for any Xbox 360 owner: the Red Ring of Death. It means that your Xbox 360 has died.

That’s what I’m getting on mine right now.

Art Events

Art Below Tokyo


Art Below Tokyo” brings together the works of 15 artists in an exhibition that takes place, well, below Tokyo, or more specifically near the Ginza line entrance at Shibuya station. Two PauseTalkers made the cut: Tim Rudder (left) and Josh McKible. The show starts today, and runs until September 1.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week at MoCo Loco


Last week’s Tokyo post for MoCo Loco covered: Noriko Hashida’s Bew kitchen tray, a new version of the MUJI’s “Ki no Ie” pre-fab home (pictured), and the “Good Design Expo 2008,” which was held this past weekend.

There doesn’t appear to be any info on the new MUJI home online yet, and the image I used was a scan of a pamphlet I picked up at MUJI.

Events Music

Happening in Japan

  • Digiki’s “Dense Music Tour” keeps on keeping, and tomorrow (August 24, 18:00) hits the Sendai Ichibancho Apple Store. More on the tour here. Listen to a mini-mix of the album here.

Garage Sale, Free Puppies


Listings for a sayonara sale? I know, I know, but when it includes an awesome image like the one above, you need to share. My friend Ian (of Saskatchewan) will be facing off against his wife Aki (The Asian Gladiator) in a summer party that is actually an excuse for them to get rid of their stuff. Should be a blast. Here’s a map to their place.


No Yoda on Facebook

Now this is just ridiculous. Matt Alt reports on his blog that his wife is currently unable to create an account on Facebook, because they will not accept her last name of Yoda — a common enough family name in Japan. They’ve tried to get in touch with the site’s customer service, but still no response.


Dense Music Mini-Mix

Digiki has prepared a mini-mix of his new album, Dense Music. The five-minute track can be downloaded here.


Lesque Skateboards


Lesque is a Tokyo skate company, and Ian has just designed a few boards for them. Also, they will be doing a presentation at the September 24 edition of Pecha Kucha Night.


Onigiri House


You won’t have any trouble figuring out why NKS Architects‘ Onigiri House in Iota gets its monicker. Designboom posts more photos.