Category : Japan

Live From Tokyo

September 14th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Live from Tokyo is an upcoming documentary on Tokyo’s independent music scene, directed by Lewis Rapkin.

I’d Like to Welcome Our Fire-Breathing Amphibious Dragon Overloards

September 10th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Japanese artist Yanobe Kenji created an animatronic fire-breathing dragon boat for the ongoing Aqua Metropolis festival in Osaka.


July 30th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Let me be the first to welcome our iPhone robot overlords.

Vine Creeping From Your Outlet

June 12th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Tokyo designer Shunsuke Umiyama has created AC Adapter Midori, a mobile phone charger that looks like a vine.

Uniqlo Calendar

June 12th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

The Uniqlo Calendar is mesmerizing.

Morning, James

June 4th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

My Walk to Wieden + Kennedy from James Okubo.

Japanese Manhole Covers

June 4th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

You’d be surprised how beautiful Japanese manhole covers can be.

I Welcome Our Giant Baby Robot Overlords

April 2nd, 2009 by Jeff | 2 comments


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.

Abandoned Japanese Amusement Park

January 31st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

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.

Melody Road

November 12th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

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.


October 4th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

Here’s an animation from PikaPika, the Japanese light doodlers. Read PikaPika’s blog for more.


July 21st, 2007 by Jeff | 0

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.

The Japanese Tradition - 謝罪 Shazai

May 15th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

Here’s a nice video explaining how to apologize in Japan. Let’s all put our hearts into expressing remorse!


May 11th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

Japanese artist Minchi’s work is pretty cool. Using oil paint and then photoshop, the works look like manga, but fantastically painterly. One piece, tooth, is a vivid representation of what I remember of my 13th year.

Japan Photos

April 24th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

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.