The B.

Yeah, today’s my b-day, and I wasn’t going to say anything — older, not necessarily wiser — but the image above sent by one of my oldest friends (thanks, Guy) gave me a good laugh, and I wanted to share it. It was a terrific day of eating — my dear tonkatsu spaghetti at Nobu, amazing grubs from the depa-chika, and lots of cheese — and an incredibly enjoyable viewing of the new Star Trek film (thanks, Brad). Below, the beers I’m currently enjoying, all Japanese stouts and porters.


TKG Daikanyama Closes

The latest Tokyo art-related economic casualty: the TKG Daikanyama gallery. From TAB’s latest news digest:

Every month has brought news from London and New York of gallery closures and cut-backs, but so far the only obvious Tokyo victims have been media ones (Ping Mag, Real Tokyo, Art iT, Tokyo Art Cross). However, this week we found out that TKG Daikanyama appears to be closing down after its current exhibition finishes.

Events Meta

Next PauseTalk (Vol. 32)

People like to get early reminders, so here’s one for the next edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 32), which happens this coming Monday (June 1) at Cafe Pause. Start time is 20:00, and as I mentioned recently, the entire cafe will be reserved for the event, so there shouldn’t be issues about seating or taking up too much space.

The photo above, of Josh, was found on my camera following last month’s edition.


The Making of MWW+K

Interested in learning more about how James created that short? Here’s a “making of” video.

Design Events

Cut&Paste 2009 Tokyo

The “Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament 2009” is happening this Saturday (May 30, 17:00-20:30, 2,000 yen) at Womb in Shibuya. Tokyo is one of the last stops of this international competition, and it should be quite the event — just have a look at the participants listed below. There’s plenty more info at the event’s official site. Here’s a video look at the 2007 edition.

Katsunori Aoki / Butterfly Stroke
Yuichi Miyashi + Naohide Suzuki / Tycoon Graphics
Naomi Hirabayashi / Plug-in Graphic
Satoru Yamashita / Creative Director / + 81 Magazine

Tomoyuki Sugiyama / Digital Hollywood University
Christophe Defaye / AOKI Studio
Isao Nishigori / P.I.C.S.
Shuhei Morita / YAMATOWORKS
Hideki Watanabe / CGWorld

Motion Graphics
Junji Kojima / teevee graphics
Ichiro Tanida / John and Jane Doe Inc.
Koichiro Tsujikawa / Director?
Shinya Nakajima / Tohoku-Shinsha
Takeshi Nakamura / Caviar

Events Magazines

Museum Paper

Self-published Swedish magazine Museum Paper is having a launch tomorrow night (May 29, 19:00-21:00) at NOW IDeA by Utrecht in Aoyama. They even promise a “special Museum Paper drink,” so I’m there.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week at MoCo Loco

My weekly Tokyo post for MoCo Loco is up, this time covering new offerings from Ryuji Nakamura, the “Japan Brand Pop Up Shop” in NYC, and the “Group Exhibitions: Shinagawa.”

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Heidi Loves Nissan

The video above is part of a new campaign for Nissan’s “ECO” line-up (low-fuel), created by the Golden Eggs team. There are short TV commercials, but the video above is a web-only short. My wife has watched this at least 20 times, and cracks up every single time.

Art Books

A Kiss from Tokyo

I am absolutely in love with the look of this “A Kiss from Tokyo” short. It’s a trailer for an upcoming book by illustrator Kevin Dart called Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7, which is scheduled to come out this summer. The trailer was directed by Dart and Stephane Coedel. Yuki 7 is my new fave heroine, bar none. Via Motionographer.

Events Meta

PKN vs. PT

Well, sort of. For tomorrow night’s edition of PechaKucha Night in Tokyo (Vol. 62) at SuperDeluxe — or tonight (May 27), depending on when you read this — I helped Tomoko curate by suggesting a few presenters who, ahem, just so happen to be PauseTalkers (with one exception). Names you will recognize if you check those PauseTalk attendance reports I post:

  • Josh McKible: He’ll give us the lowdown and the latest happenings in the world of NaniBird (and I imagine an intro to urban papercraft in general).
  • Eric Chan: He’ll take us on a tour of his “Tokyo Tour,” which I’m sure will include his recent exhibition at Cafe Pause.
  • Mark Cooke: This should be amazing. Mark took up the challenge of creating 10 games in under 10 hours. Witness the results.
  • Keiji Ashizawa: I just wonder how he’ll fit everything he’s done in only 20 slides!
  • Anna Antoniades: With one of her fashion projects entitled “Nana + Seven,” and the fact that she has a fascination with the number 27, it seems like her participation was meant to happen (remember, May 27).
  • Audrey Fondecave: Audrey has never attended PauseTalk, but how could I not invite my fellow Radio OK Fredder, especially with a new book out.