Art Photography Tokyo Walking

Tokyo Fucking City

Me taking a shot with my iPhone of some street art in Ebisu. Photo by Erika Nishizato.

Art Events

101TOKYO Under Construction

Spotted on Facebook: the 101TOKYO event space being put together. The show itself runs April 2-5 at Akiba Square (inside the UDX building) in Akihabara, and make sure to drop by Thursday evening (April 2, 18:00-20:00) for a special edition PechaKucha Night hosted by our very own Mark Dytham.

Books Tokyo Walking

Tokyo by Tokyo

I posted about it over at PechaKucha Daily last week — where you can see a few images from a PKN presentation — but I certainly need to mention here as well Claska‘s new bilingual (English/Japanese) pocket cityguide, Tokyo by Tokyo. The idea was to invite 70 creatives — our good friend Marxy is even in the mix — who each contributed their favorite Tokyo spots. Each entry even tells you which other entries are nearby, and there are also coordinates for use on Google Maps.

The price is definitely right (1,200 yen) and it can be found in stores around the city — Claska sells it online through its website, but the interface is Japanese-only.

Update: It’s also available through Amazon Japan.

Books Photography


I think Warren really is onto something when he talks about 2009 as the year of POD (print-on-demand). I’ve seen quite a few very nice projects take that route of late, and the latest is by Tokyo-based photographer Stephen Lebovits. His Brokenfotografy – Volume 1 is now being offered through Blurb.

Design Events Music

Gelmannica 2009

Celebrated designer and media artist Gelman has been tied into Tokyo’s electronic music scene for a while now — through his associations with Minimal Tokyo and his “Gelman Lounge” events — and now he’s bringing things to a new level with the inaugural edition of Gelmannica, “the first international festival for electronic music and media arts.”

Headliners include Apparat, Ed Chamberlain, and Magnum 30 on the main floor at Unit, with the basement Saloon hosting the “Gelmannica Party of Parties,” featuring DJs and VJs from Tokyo’s best parties. It all happens Friday, April 10 from 23:00 — 3,500 yen at the door, 3,000 with flyer, which you can download here.

Update: Artist profiles have now been added — you can access them from the “Artists” page.

Design Web

PechaKucha Head

I posted about this the other day on PechaKucha Daily, but wanted to mention it here too. Jesper and the NCM crew — to help celebrate last week’s 60th edition of PechaKucha Night in Tokyo — created a cool web app that turns every one into a PechaKucha Head, courtesy of that great Namaiki-designed logo.

Architecture Books

20 Japanese Architects

20 Japanese Architects is a new book by Roland Hagenberg that covers, well, 20 Japanese architects and their works through a series of interviews. Now for the bad news, it seems that the English/Chinese tome is currently only available in Taiwan, and there is no way — for now — to order it online. Via CScout Japan.

Architecture Design

Harajuku MTG Point

How’s this for a stark space. “Harajuku MTG Point” is a meeting room for a design agency by Upsetters Architects. Dezeen posts more photos.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week at MoCo Loco

This week’s Tokyo post for MoCo Loco covers Amadana‘s SAL pocket video camera, Corga‘s collection of leather accessories, and Sotaro Miyagi‘s Wine Bottle Bag for hmny.

Art Design Events

The Physical Value of Sound

Designboom covers Yuri Suzuki‘s “The Physical Value of Sound” exhibition, now on at Clear Gallery in Roppongi. It runs until May 2.