Japan, 2015

Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

Last week it was a brief, an all too brief, video tour of India, today it is Japan.

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The history of Japan, a history lesson with a difference?

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

A quirky, yet engaging, recounting of Japan’s history… it might not be to your taste initially, but give it a minute, this is an informative method of teaching history.

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Cinematic style photos of Tokyo by night, taken by Masashi Wakui

Monday, 25 January, 2016

Photo by Masashi Wakui

Enjoy the cinematic style photos of Tokyo based photographer Masashi Wakui, and experience a desire to visit the capital city of Japan, that you may not have felt before.

Via Colossal.

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New Japanese pictograms that are now more to the point

Monday, 25 January, 2016

Japanese hotel pictogram

A new set of pictograms, being symbols for a word or phrase, such as airports, police stations, and restaurants, as seen on tourist maps and the like, have been unveiled in Japan, in an effort to make them a little easier for foreign visitors to comprehend.

Previously hotels were represented by the letter “H”, logical in a way I guess, but the new symbol, on the right in the above image, makes a whole lot more sense.

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Need somewhere to stay in Tokyo? Book a stay at the Book hotel…

Friday, 27 November, 2015

Book And Bed hotel

Book And Bed is not so much a bookshop, as it is a library where you stay overnight. With a tariff of about A$40, or US$30, per night for a “compact” room, cost would be no excuse for not partaking of the experience, for at least one night, while visiting Tokyo.

See more photos of the Book And Bed on Instagram.

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Dancing to Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing

Thursday, 5 November, 2015

You may not know Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Crossing by name, but chances are you’ve seen it dozens of times in films and on TV shows. And here it features prominently in Create & Explore 009 by Braden Lee, set to the music of Perth based band HWLS.

Tokyo is this futuristic-dystopian metropolis rich in tradition and modernism. My goal was to merge these two themes. Throughout the story we follow two contemporary dancers to the famous Shibuya 5-way crossing. We also observe a mysterious masked figure. This ominous mask comes from a theatrical drama called “Noh” which the Japanese have been practicing since the 14th century. The actual mask you see here is over 400 yrs old and represents an angel – passed down through generations. Today, there’s just a handful left performing Noh as it solely depends on the disinterested youth to keep it alive

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Finally, toilet design to make a song and dance about

Tuesday, 3 November, 2015

Are you a toilet designer who aspires to win – the doubtless – coveted “toilet of the year” award? Be warned, it won’t be easy. You’ll need to think outside the cubicle. You’ll need to redefine toilet design as we know it. But it’s possible, perhaps by making a place most private into a place most public, as Japanese bathroom company TOTO did at Narita Airport.

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Japan, as seen with 8-bit animated GIFs

Monday, 3 August, 2015

Animation/artwork by 1041uuu

Day to day life in Japan, as depicted through a series of intricately fashioned animated GIFs.

Mind. Blowing.

Via Design Made in Japan.

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How do you make a grain of rice shine? By Rice Mapping, that’s how

Thursday, 18 June, 2015

We’re probably more used to projections being cast onto larger surfaces. Cinema screens. Whiteboards. Or in the case of, say, Vivid Sydney, buildings, and whatever other structures, that projected light and images can shine onto.

How about something a little smaller though? Such as a grain of rice? Couldn’t possibly happen? If you think that, then you’ve obviously not heard of Rice Mapping

In Japan, rice is more than a mere food source. It has spiritual significance for the Japanese due to its use as an offering to deities in rituals and ceremonies. We took on the challenge of distilling Japanese aesthetics onto this cultural symbol. We created the world’s smallest projection mapping that brings together Japan’s ancient values and state-of-the-art technology. As it is being viewed, the texture of the “rice” begins to change so that it is no longer just rice.

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I miss the fog down in Tokyo

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015

Tokyo under a blanket of thick fog… aesthetically pleasing, if nothing else, that’s for sure.

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