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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.