Month: March 2017

  • Japan by Car

    “Japan by Car” is a series of illustrations — and soon to be a book — by Japan-based illustrator James Gilleard.

  • Meikyoku Kissaten

    I definitely knew about Lion in Shibuya, but this Japan Times piece introduced me to a few other meikyoku kissaten (“musical masterpiece cafes,” or classical music cafes), like Renaissance in Koenji and Violon in Asagaya. Would love to check out these places.

  • Shinichiro Yokota

    Here’s a great mix of tracks by Shinichiro Yokota, courtesy of Fact. Don’t know Yokota? Read this fantastic feature on the collaborative work of Yokota and Soichi Terada (of the Far East Recording label). I can easily imagine dancing to this at the old Space Lab Yellow in Tokyo (which I probably did).

  • The Japanese House

    There’s a show on at the Barbican right now entitled “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945.” What especially grabbed my attention when I saw mention of it — it’s featured in this Monocle radio show — is that it apparently includes a full-scale recreation of Ryue Nishizawa‘s Moriyama House (pictured), which just so…

  • Nintendo Logos

    As Steve Lin wrote in this tweet, here’s a “visual history of Nintendo logos courtesy of a recruiting brochure they sent to interview candidates.” Absolutely love these.

  • Blue Velvet

    You know when you remember really liking a movie, but then 20 years or so pass, and you wonder if you’ll still like it? I’ve always had fond memories of Blue Velvet, and I’m a fan of David Lynch’s work in general — and Twin Peaks is my favorite TV series of all time. So…

  • Bon Pon

    A few weeks ago I came across the fantastic Instagram account of bonpon511, which is in fact Bon and Pon (he’s Bon, she’s Pon), a couple in their 60s who share photos of impeccably coordinated outfits. They’re the cutest.

  • Tokyo Interiors

    My buddy Luis Mendo has a brand new collection of lovely prints on display at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, part of an electric display project called Electric Objects. You’ll find all the details on Luis’s site.

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    I ended up doing a double bill of watching Underworld: Blood Wars and this back-to-back, and I felt that Resident Evil was the funner movie of the two to watch. I’m not a huge fan of the series, but I’ve seen them all, and so I figured I’d see how they “end” it. It had…

  • Underworld: Blood Wars

    I used to enjoy watching these movies — slick gun-fu action with the lovely Kate Beckinsale kicking ass — but I think I’ve tired of the series, because I didn’t find much enjoyment in watching Blood Wars. The story was pretty boring, and the action sequences weren’t particularly interesting — save for the short battle…