Alone in Tokyo

Alone in Tokyo” is a beautifully shot short film by Philip Bloom, covering some very familiar Tokyo scenery, but done in a very tasteful — and stunning — way. If your machine can handle it, I recommend watching in HD and full-screen. Via Craig.

Magazines Photography

All Things Ordinary

All Things Ordinary is a beautiful new photography zine from LA, and the just-launched first issue features photos by Kenshu Shintsubo — he’s contributed works to many Japanese magazines, as well as Purple Fashion and Paris Vogue. You can purchase the issue online.

Photography Technology

TiltShift Generator

Takayuki Fukatsu — creator of the indispensable iPhone app Toy Camera — has a new app in the works, TiltShift Generator. As you may have guessed, it will give a tilt-shift effect to your shots (as picture above). It won’t be an iPhone app though.

Update: Here’s an interview with Takayuki. Via PSFK.


Spring 2009 Anime

Longtime readers may remember that I used to write a regular column on anime for a site called TokyoQ — along with a design column — and even after the demise of that site, I still tried to check in on new series every season, following the ones I found interesting. Over the past few years I’ve drifted away from regular anime watching — the last series I watched in its entirety and thoroughly enjoyed was Bokurano, thank to a heads-up from Paul.

This past weekend I watched Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers, which I can’t say enough good things about, and it got me wanting to sample a new show or two. I found this terrific post that takes a look at this spring’s new shows — all 30 of them — but have to say that after going through the list, only two shows piqued my interest.

  • Guin Saga: I don’t usually go for fantasy series, but one of the last series I thoroughly enjoyed was Seirei no Moribito, based on a series of best-selling novels and which aired on Japan’s national broadcaster NHK. Enter Guin Saga, again based on a series of best-selling novels — 124 volumes since its start in 1970 — and also airing on NHK. That’s enough for me to at least give it a try.
  • Higashi no Eden: The latest from Production I.G, it’s even directed by Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Seirei no Moribito‘s Kenji Kamiyama, and features music by The Sky Crawlers‘ Kenji Kawai — I left the series’ website open just to listen to the theme song in a loop for a while. It’s a mystery series — terrorist missiles hit Japan, no injuries, and no one knows why — which I tend to like.

I’ll update the post after I’ve seen a few episodes of each.




And if a housing complex is more realistic than a proper home, how about Japanese architecture studio 16A‘s TOO49 in Haginaka, Tokyo. Designboom gives you a tour.


House of Diffusion

Another home to envy, this time FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects‘ House of Diffusion, located in Shiga. Dezeens posts a few more photos.


Shantell Martin at PSFK

Shantell gets interviewed over at PSFK.


Kenya Hara Speaks

Kenya Hara’s keynote address from last year’s Imprint Culture Lab conference. Via PSFK.

Art Events Photography

Photos from Rob Judges Exhibition

Martin Holtkamp has put up a Flickr photoset of photos taken at the opening for Rob Judgesexhibition at Gallery Kabutoya.

I didn’t drink all of that bottle, I swear.