Live from Tokyo is an upcoming documentary on Tokyo’s independent music scene, directed by Lewis Rapkin.
Yanobe Kenji created an animatronic fire-breathing dragon boat for the ongoing Aqua Metropolis festival in Osaka.
Tokyo designer Shunsuke Umiyama has created
AC Adapter Midori, a mobile phone charger that looks like a vine.
Uniqlo Calendar is mesmerizing.
You’d be surprised how beautiful
Japanese manhole covers can be.
As a part of last weekend’s Roppongi Art Night in Tokyo, sculptor
Kenji Yanobe unleashed a 24-foot tall Giant Torayan robot that sings, dances and spits fire. See more pictures of the giant fire-spitting baby robot.
Here are some cool photos of an abandoned Japanese amusement park. Looks like the photographer’s name is Tadashi Taro Shibakoen (at least that’s what a Google translation says), and it looks he was even able to climb around on the coaster tracks– perhaps the liability laws are a little different over there. And here are more photos from abandoned spaces in Japan. I especially like this restaurant/banquet room place.
When you drive on
The Melody Road, ridges in the pavement make your car play a simple tune. There are three of these roads in (where else) the Japanese areas of Hokkaido, Wakayama and Gunma.
animation from PikaPika, the Japanese light doodlers. Read PikaPika’s blog for more.
For an exhaustive study of noodles, the Rameniac has made a useful guide to the 22 popular ramen styles of Japan. And there’s also reviews of a handful of Bay Area ramen shops.
Here’s a nice video explaining how to
apologize in Japan. Let’s all put our hearts into expressing remorse!
Japanese artist Minchi’s work is pretty cool. Using oil paint and then photoshop, the works look like manga, but fantastically painterly. One piece, , is a vivid representation of what I remember of my 13th year. tooth
Got a lot of time to kill? Then take a look at the more than 900 photos I took in Japan. Just not all at one time. Seriously, take it one city at a time or something or you’ll ruin your eyes.