Design Stores

Colette by Katayama


The Colette store in Paris has just re-opened after being closed for a couple of months while undergoing renovations, and now featuring a completely redone interior by Wonderwall‘s Masamichi Katayama. As you can see from photos over at Freshness, it’s very, well, Katayama-esque, with sneaker and Bape sections that look like what you’d see here.

The renewal also touched Colette’s website, with a new blogs section. Of course, we already knew about Cyril’s blogging, and all the nasty things he’s been doing to cows.


Saeki Covers Francois

Kenzo Saeki covers sixties pop star Claude Francois’ “Le lundi au soleil.” Via Boing Boing.

Update: Patrick Benny points to a page with even more videos from the same compilation, Clo Clo Made in Japan.

Books Web

Lisa Katayama at Boing Boing


Her two-week stint is winding down, but I wanted to at least mention once the great job that Lisa’s been doing while guest blogging at Boing Boing these past two weeks. Lots of great Japan-related topics — like this post yesterday on Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond manga. Of course, you can get the same sort of coverage on a regular basis over at her blog, Tokyomango.

And you bought her book, Urawaza, right? Today she has a piece in The Japan Times on the same topic.

Art Web

Item Idem Blogs, Mutilates Cow


Item Idem‘s Cyril has started blogging over at the Colette website. What’s he covering? We now know that Item Idem will be participating in this year’s “Cow Parade” in Tokyo — he doesn’t want us to laugh — and previews their contribution: “Untitled (Halved).”


First Squad Trailer

I remember reading something about upcoming anime series First Squad a while back, and now we get to see a trailer for it. The series is a Russian-Canadian collaboration with Studio 4C. Directed by Mind Game director Yoshiharu Ashino, it’s set in a WW2 where Russian teenagers with super powers face off against the Nazi invasion. Via Japan Probe.

Update: Yoshiharu Ashino was not the director of Mind Game, but rather the key animator. Mind Game was directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

Events Photography

PauseTalk Vol. 24 Gallery


Remo Camerota has put up a gallery on Facebook of shots taken during last night’s PauseTalk (Vol. 24). Pictured, me and Andrew, discussing “important” things.

If you have photos taken during an edition of PauseTalk, please add them to the Flickr photo pool.

Update: Apologies for my Facebook ignorance, but it seems that only “Friends” can view Remo’s gallery there. No worries though, since all the photos are all now in the Flickr photo pool.

Games Meta

New Feature: Game Discussion

I’ve been wanting to add more game-related content to the site, but was trying to find the right way to do so without alienating readers who come for coverage of the Tokyo/Japan design and cultural scene. One of the non-intrusive ways I’ll be doing so is by setting up discussion pages on games — new and old — I’m playing that won’t appear in the main blog. Instead, they’ll be listed in the left sidebar, underneath the Game|Life blurb.


First up, this past weekend I played through the classic LucasArts point-and-click adventure game Full Throttle, released back in 1995. Have you ever played it? If so, what did you think? If not, well, why not? Let’s talk games.

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Smiling, Courtesy of the Xbox 360


Before attending last night’s PauseTalk, I was the Conrad Tokyo hotel in Shimbashi to attend a Microsoft Xbox 360 media event — I have posts over at Game|Life about the 360 price cut and Ninja Blade, with two more posts up later today.

The point of this post is that I like the photo above because the Xbox girl was smiling at ME!


Research Into Creativity

One of last night’s PauseTalkers was Adam Carstens, a researcher at the Globis graduate school of management here in Tokyo. He’s currently conducting research on the creative process inside Japanese companies, and is on the lookout for anyone with interesting stories to share. If you’d like to help, please get in touch with Adam.


PauseTalk Vol. 24

Thanks to everyone who made it out to last night’s PauseTalk (Vol. 24). Lots of talk about books this time, with Arcade Mania and Yokai Attack getting a lot of attention — thanks to the presence of art director Andrew Lee — and Remo Camerota previewing the soon-to-be-released Graffiti Japan. Below, a list of all who attended. The next PauseTalk takes place October 6.