Posted on January 8, 2009 Under Design

If only more online stores had a typeface purchase option. Japanese design firm LoWorks sells books, DVDs, and toys when it isn't busy being awarded Favourite Website Awards' Site of the Day and collaborating with Nike and Yahoo. Takashi Murakami…

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51 Japanese Characters

Posted on January 6, 2009 Under Design

Travel guides typically provide information on places and things, but what about people? If you're entering into a foreign culture, shouldn't you have a couple clues about its denizens? Here's where the 51 Japanese Characters project comes in handy. While…

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Tokyo Art Beat

Posted on October 24, 2008 Under Design

After seeing the new kind of event calendar Tokyo Art Beat has created, we're compelled to organize our entire life using bouncing, ringing bubbles of information that can be thrown and moved around at will. What we've got here is…

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Blackbird, Fly TLR Camera

Posted on October 15, 2008 Under Gadgetry

Since the mass proliferation of digital photography, Japan has a seen a backlash among the youth who now embrace the unconventional medium of film with the fun and casual approach known as Lomography. Japan's Superheadz is ensuring that antiques and…

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Posted on October 9, 2008 Under Travel

My friends in Japan think I'm nuts-- each time I'm in Tokyo (or even in London), I dive head first into Muji and stock up on everything. With 341 stores in Japan alone, it's sort of like a 7-Eleven to…

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Spearlocator: Japan, Hong Kong

Posted on September 23, 2008 Under Travel

I've been mostly off the radar in Japan this past week taking a little time off from the interwebs, but have been photo-blogging a few of my experiences over at the new pet project blog, Flying Standby. Check out the…

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Japanese Cat Cafes

Posted on September 22, 2008 Under Life

Clever as ever, the Japanese have combined an animal shelter with a teahouse to create the Tokyo phenomenon known as "cat cafes." To understand why the Japanese would pay ($8-$12 an hour) to play with someone else's cats, you have…

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Levi's + Murakami

Posted on September 19, 2008 Under Fashion
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TokyoFlash and the Future of Watches

Posted on September 18, 2008 Under Design

TokyoFlash watches have made their way around the Internet for their creative watch faces and amazing design. They've just launched a new watch that may be the most straight forward watch in their inventory, but it is so smooth. The…

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Japan C at Felissimo Design House

Posted on September 15, 2008 Under Design

Hiroshi Fujiwara, Junya Watanabe, Takashi Murakami. These are all household names by now, and if you are not familiar with them, you should be. I think the late Amy Spindler said it best in her 2002 NY Times article: Japan…

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