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Taxi Talk

The latest entry in the excellent New Territories web series (produced in part by Anne Ferrero) is “Epilogue: Taxi Talk,” a short film that sees a taxi driver recount a tale from the past.

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Rekall

Although not strictly Japan-related, I’ve taken quite a liking to the Rekall Tumblr, filled to the brim with 80s-90s visual references that are straight up my jam. It’s updated by game developer Steve Gaynor.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

I was admittedly late getting into Animal Crossing — it was only with New Leaf on 3DS, and it happened after my colleagues at the time kept talking about it, eventually convincing me to dive in (before that, I had zero interest in playing it, even though my wife was a fan). I quickly fell in love with it, not just with being in that world and doing the stuff you do there, but also to then talk with friends about the stuff I was doing, and exchanging our experiences. I was disappointed that they never released a version on Wii U, and while here’s hoping we’ll be getting a Switch version, there’s now Pocket Camp to give us a taste of that world again. I’ve been playing all week — probably putting in 1-2 hours every night on my iPad — and I’m quite enjoying it so far. It’s a condensed version of the regular game, but there’s enough to give you the satisfaction of interactions with characters, although you do miss out on the freedom you get in the regular games (at least what you got in New Leaf). Who knows how long I’ll last — I wouldn’t be surprised if I eventually tire of either an increased grind or lack of options — but for now I’m having a lot of fun playing it.

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She’s Gotta Have It

I feel like I’ve lost touch with what Spike Lee has been producing in recent years — even though I used to be a big fan of his work — but I was definitely going to give his new Netflix series a shot (a remake of his first film). I’ve watched the first two episodes, and I already love it so damn much. From the opening theme song and credits montage, to just delicious dialogue and funny interactions between the cast, this is just a joy to watch. I’m really into it, and I’m very much looking forward to watching the rest of the season.

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The Punisher

Even though at this point I feel pretty burned by Marvel’s Netflix series — the only series I’ve really liked a lot was Daredevil — I was looking forward to this, mostly because I liked Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher in the second season of Daredevil (even though I felt it was a waste to have him be in courtroom scenes for so many episodes). I’ve watched the first three episodes, and I’m sorta meh on it. I think it’s fine, and the strength of it is still the way Bernthal plays Punisher, and I like the new woman FBI agent. But I can’t say that the storyline is really exciting me a lot so far, and I’m so tired of seeing those flashbacks of his family — yes, we know what happened, enough already. I may still watch more, but it’s not high on my list of things to watch.

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Logan Lucky

I was quite looking forward to this movie — I really like most of Soderbergh’s movies, and the trailer for it was hilarious (and Daniel Craig’s performance looked deliciously fun). Unfortunately, I felt disappointed. It really wasn’t as funny as the trailer made it seem, with most of it feeling very procedural — we witness a heist taking place, from start to finish, for most of it. In fact, it felt like a hillbilly version of the Ocean’s movies, but without the fun camaraderie we see in those movies. Sure, there are definitely some fun bits and some fun scenes, and the characters are interesting, but as a whole, it just fell a bit flat for me.

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Tokyo Signs

I don’t know how I missed this, but I’m in love with everything that Tokyo Signs has to offer — t-shirts, iPhone cases, a tote bag, and even a pair of tights, all inspired by Tokyo’s signage. The line is produced by Bento Graphics (led by my buddy Benjamin) and they promise items in the future. Via Spoon & Tamago.

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Art Design Web

10 Years of Spoon & Tamago

Big congrats to my buddy Joseph (aka Johnny Strategy), who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Spoon & Tamago, a site I’ve been happily reading (and often linking to) since the very start. We became friends through our shared love of blogging about similar aspects of Japanese art, culture, and design, and it’s really great to see how he was able to celebrate the milestone — read this post, which also includes a nice video that offers a nice wrap-up of the site’s last 10 years.

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Photography

Kimiko Nishimoto

These photos (self-portraits) by 89-year-old photographer Kimiko Nishimoto are simply hilarious. Via Spoon & Tamago.

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Art

Doraemondrian

My buddy Duncan created this great illustration that mashes together Doraemon and Mondrian. Via Canvas.