Nanotechnology + Aromatherapy + Pencils

Posted on July 16, 2007 Under Life

To indulge in what seems like a pretty darn accurate stereotype, here's what I love about the Japanese: they're never satisfied with a good thing; they're always trying to make it better. From the country that brought you Toyota and…

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TBWA Hakuhodo

Posted on June 14, 2007 Under Design

How's this for some afternoon excitement: Get grabbed by a dwarfing metal hand, travel via Victorian elevator, and wind up at a client presentation where a Japanese hipster will show you some great* print and commercial work done for a…

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Cucumber Pepsi, Mmm!

Posted on June 13, 2007 Under Food

Attention All Strange Pepsi Collectors (and by that I mean strange flavors of Pepsi, not that Pepsi collectors are abnormal in any way): yesterday marked the release of Pepsi Ice Cucumber, a limited-time-only special edition beverage developed for the Japanese…

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VisVim Crispy Red Hockneys

Posted on June 12, 2007 Under Fashion

Since Japan-based cult brand VisVim made their U.S. debut earlier this year, they've been getting quite a bit of underground buzz. A little while ago, I shared with you all my belief that boat shoes are essential summertime apparel, and…

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Kozai Designs

Posted on June 6, 2007 Under Design

Some lighting merely accents the space it illuminates, but this incredible lamp deserves a whole room of its own. Handmade from hundreds of thin bamboo strips, it's just one of many pieces in the lighting and furniture line by Vancouver-based…

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Visualux @ Superdeluxe

Posted on May 15, 2007 Under Music

Visualux, a "social audiovisual immersive experience," is now approaching its June run at Tokyo club Superdeluxe, and the buzz surrounding the event continues to build for clubgoers and VJs alike who use the nights as a time to learn, play,…

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Steve Lidbury's Tokyo Design Work

Posted on April 27, 2007 Under Design

Steve Lidbury may hail from the U.K., but he has made quite a splash in Tokyo with his stellar interior architectural design work. Twenty-eight years young, he's already amassed quite the project portfolio: among his contributions, he's been hired to…

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Sha Ra Ku Mono Knives

Posted on April 23, 2007 Under Food

Komin Yamada, the Japanese designer behind the uber light and high performing GLOBAL line of cooking knives, is also responsible for Myodo & Co.'s gorgeous and extremely exclusive line called Sha Ra Ku Mono. Where GLOBAL has developed a healthy…

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Uniqlo Concept T-Shirt Store

Posted on April 18, 2007 Under Fashion

On April 28th, Uniqlo's new and highly anticipated Concept T-Shirt Store in Harajuku will finally open its doors. From what I can tell so far, the shopping experience at Uniqlo, where 5000 square feet (and four stories) of shelves hold…

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Graniph Invades NYC

Posted on April 9, 2007 Under Fashion

One of my favorite Japanese shops and t-shirt sources, Graniph is coming into NYC for a little two month stint at Reed Space on Orchard. Graniph is a great example of how far ahead Tokyo is in the democratization of…

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