A Week of Art Works

Posted on October 16, 2006 Under Life

We at JoshSpear.com are -- like the rest of you -- addicted to YouTube, and not ashamed to admit it. This whole YouTube craze is definitely adding fun to millions of people's workdays, and probably simultaneously taking its toll on…

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Plusminuszero Update

Posted on October 10, 2006 Under Design

We've always been a big fan of Naoto Fukazawa's minimalist design, and his brand, in collaboration with Japanese toy maker Takara, Plusminuszero is one of our favorites. It's now in its third (gorgeous) collection-- but good luck finding these in…

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The DNA of Japanese Design

Posted on September 5, 2006 Under Books

The world of design is invariably subjective. However, inspiration from leaders in the field doesn't hurt to inject a bit of barebones objectivity through which to view designs. In Japan, the mouthpiece for foreign investment provides just such a cue.…

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2006 International Design Competition

Posted on August 1, 2006 Under Design

The JDF (Japan Design Foundation) will be hosting the 2006 International Design Competition in Osaka, Japan later this year, but with the technical details that being a competitor involves we thought we'd give you the heads up. This year's emphasis…

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Tokidoki for Le Sportsac

Posted on July 7, 2006 Under Design

Released for Spring / Summer 2006 comes the tokidoki collection for Le Sportsac. tokidoki, or "sometimes" in Japanese, is the brand started by Italian artist Simone Legno and his partners, Pooneh Mohajer Arnold and Ivan Arnold, and is representative of…

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Shigeki Hayashi: Babies In Spacesuits

Posted on June 16, 2006 Under Art

Ceramist Shigeki Hayashi makes intriguing and bizarre works of art. His life like sculptures of babies in spacesuits and S&M outfit togged femmes are examples of the "possibility of ceramic expression" as he puts it. Weird and wonderful at the…

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Tokyo: Rainbow Roll Sushi

Posted on May 23, 2006 Under Food

Restaurants in the homeland aren’t what one might expect. Although soba and udon are daily fare at the thousands of noodle shops spread across Tokyo and nabe (a sort of rice stew made with fish or meat and vegetables) is…

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Adidas Roller Skates

Posted on May 18, 2006 Under Life, Travel

I received a lot of feedback and questions regarding the Adidas roller skates I mentioned I saw earlier this week in Daikanyama. I was a little bit off on the price, they're actually only 41,000 Yen or about $375. I…

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Adidas and Stitch: Daikanyama

Posted on May 17, 2006 Under Travel

I really enjoyed shopping in Daikanyama, it's a fairly quiet neighborhood set back from the flashing lights of neighboring Shibuya. Over the next few days I'll be highlighting a few of my favorite shops from this neighborhood. Although there are…

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Beams T-Shirt Shop: Daikanyama

Posted on May 17, 2006 Under Travel

I stopped by the Daikanyama Beams T shop, sort of the definitive must-stop place for any t-shirt junky. They're mission is simple: Bring art closer to everyday life. They're doing this by offering limited-edition artist t-shirts to mass markets around…

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