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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Please accept this apology that is being made by proxy

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014

If, somehow, you fancy a career as a professional apologiser – as opposed to an apologist – then Japan is the place to go. There you might find work with an “apology agency”.

By hiring an expert, not only do you get to avoid the discomfort, you also make sure that the person gets a proper apology. These agencies train their employees to handle things based on the gravity of the situation. These people are professionals, and it looks like they can get you out of all sorts of sticky situations.

You have to wonder how a person on the receiving end of a professional apology must feel though. Wouldn’t it be a little too impersonal? It’s the thought that counts I guess.

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Here’s hoping Tokyo’s fashion rebels will start something

Monday, 7 April, 2014

Photo by Thomas C. Card

The world could probably do with a few more fashion rebels, especially if they are attired as vibrantly as those photographed by Thomas C. Card in Tokyo recently.

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An illustrated, and elevated, history of Japanese cities

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

Illustration by Hatsusaburo Yoshida

Almost one hundred years ago Japanese cartographer Hatsusaburo Yoshida drew up a fascinating series of illustrations, depiciting towns and cities in Japan as seen from the air.

This before it was really possible to take to the air for this sort of work.

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Taking a long, hard, and very slow, look at the daily commute

Friday, 24 January, 2014

While filmed at Tokyo’s Shinjiku station, by Berlin-based Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar, at a glacial frame rate, the scene captured here would differ little from any other train station in the world, during the peak hour commute.

Watch closely though, you will see some movement among the seemingly stationery people.

Via The Fox Is Black.

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Don’t want redundancy? Then it’s off to the lay off room for you

Monday, 26 August, 2013

Employees of a company who have effectively been laid off, or made redundant, but remain on the payroll, can, assuming no one else is in fact aware of their status, carry on – in a manner of speaking – as if nothing has happened.

Alternatively they can, as is the case in Japan at least, while away office hours each day in a special room set aside for workers who refuse to leave, or take early retirement from, an employer who has, or wants to, left them go:

Shusaku Tani is employed at the Sony plant here, but he doesn’t really work. For more than two years, he has come to a small room, taken a seat and then passed the time reading newspapers, browsing the Web and poring over engineering textbooks from his college days. He files a report on his activities at the end of each day. Sony, Mr. Tani’s employer of 32 years, consigned him to this room because they can’t get rid of him. Sony had eliminated his position at the Sony Sendai Technology Center, which in better times produced magnetic tapes for videos and cassettes. But Mr. Tani, 51, refused to take an early retirement offer from Sony in late 2010 – his prerogative under Japanese labor law.

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We’re not living in internet cafes because we like being online 24/7

Tuesday, 16 July, 2013

While some, long term unemployed, Japanese men are refusing to leave their rooms at their parent’s house, for decades at a time in some instances, others who are likewise down on their luck, but perhaps can’t turn to their families anymore, are being forced to live in local net cafes.

Unlike internet cafes I’m familiar with, those in Japan are clearly a little different… where computers are housed in small, individual, cubicles with their own doors, and customers even have access to communal showers and toilets.

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Travelling the Yurikamome line by hyperlapse

Monday, 1 July, 2013

Hyperlapse video footage of Tokyo’s automated, that is, driverless, Yurikamome train/transit line, filmed by Japanese photographer Darwinfish105.

Unlike timelapse photography, where a camera in a fixed position records whatever is in front of it, cameras used in hyperlapse photography take photos while they are moving, or in motion.

Best viewed in full screen mode, and with headphones on.

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