Shinichi Maruyama

Who knew shots of ink in motion could be so beautiful — see more of Shinichi Maruyama’s photography here. Via



Craig Anczelowitz has a produced a new collection of stationery for Awagami based on Japan’s family crests (called “kamon”). Via Spoon & Tamago.

Cycling Film

Bicycle Film Festival Saddles

In collaboration with this year’s traveling Bicycle Film Festival, Italian manufacturer San Marco has produced a series of limited edition saddles, one for each city that hosts the event. Tokyo is covered in red. Via Cool Hunting, which includes more photos and details.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week at MoCo Loco

In this week’s Tokyo post for MoCo Loco I cover Metaphys‘ Soh calculator (above), Terata Shunsuke’s clear wood plates, and an exhibition by Tonerico.

Art Magazines Web

ART iT Online

ART iT’s planned online re-launch — replacing the print magazine — was set to launch in July, but it’s already up and running. Via TABlog.


What’s Going On?

Yes, it’s been a slow week here in terms of updates, and I just wanted to reassure everyone that this is just temporary. Basically, real life has gotten in the way. First, as seen in the photo above, we have a new dog. His name is Confiture, he’s a Great Pyrenees, and he has his own blog — you’re not surprised, are you? The other thing is that we are moving next week, so having to deal with that. We’re still staying in Ikebukuro, but moving into a traditional Japanese house. With a little garden. And I have a dog. Yes, I know.

Add to that what ended up being a rather hectic work week — and more responsibilities on the PechaKucha front — and it’s no wonder this blog has suffered. And yes, I’ve been told by a few people that the feed to the site is acting up, or has been spammed in some way. I’ll try and get that fixed as soon as possible.

Update: I think I fixed the feed. I wasn’t seeing any problems because I was subscribed to the Feedburner feed, and it looks like the spam problem was only affecting those subscribed to the regular WP feed. I use a plugin that is supposed to re-direct people to the Feedburner feed, and so there’s a possibility that wasn’t working properly (I re-installed it).

Art Design

TABuzz with Yosuke Kurita

I’ve yet to highlight TAB‘s recently launched interview feature, but better late than never. What is TABuzz?

Tokyo Art Beat invites movers and thinkers from the Tokyo art world to contribute to this column. Our guest bloggers give their recommendations and thoughts on who to watch and what to see.

The latest one is with CBCnet founder Yosuke Kurita.

Art Events Games

The Death of Mario

I definitely need to catch this: “The Death of Mario,” an exhibition from artist Koshi Kawachi that tries to capture aspects from the Mario series. It runs at the Lower Akihabara gallery until June 26. Via Offworld.

Food Games TB.Grafico

Freshness Burger Jumps for Mario

Spotted at the Freshness Burger near the KDa office in Ebisu.

Anime Photography Toys

Gundam at Night

I’m sure you’ve all heard about and seen the giant 1:1 replica Gundam statue in Odaiba, but have you seen lit up at night? Very nice gallery here, courtesy of Pink Tentacle.