Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of floating worlds” were woodblock prints that became wildly popular in 17th -19th century Japan. Emerging as a spontaneous artistic development, they remain, to this day, as some of the most well-known imagery and, by extension, some of the most readily available glimpses into what life was like in Japan.
In a city like Tokyo, achieving both natural light and privacy in your home is a high-wire balancing act. Overdo it on side and the other suffers. The latest solution comes from Naruse-Inokuma Architects, who recently completed their “Split House” in a dense, suburban neighborhood of Tokyo.
Masato Watanabe is an artist who lives in Ashiya, a small city in Hyogo, Japan, where he practiced perspective drawing and illustration for over 25 years. But in 2009 Watanabe discovered watercolors. Attracted by the transparency of the medium, Watanabe continued to work and now, 6 years later, he creates wonderfully complex scenes of Japan that feature lines so crisp its hard to believe they were made from watercolors.
The Osaka-based Kakudai has a very serious catalog of products. Over 900 pages of sinks, faucets, pipes, valves, toilets and other water-related products. But someone at the company must have a great sense of humor because because buried within those 900 pages are a series of faucets that will make you look twice.
The Beheiren (previously) was a Japanese activist group formed in 1965 to protest Japanese involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1969 they started their own periodical called Shukan Anpo (Weekly Anpo). It managed to reach a significant number of students and intellectuals, rallying a group of new-leftists who were dissatisfied with policies and programs at the time. Shukan Anpo generally consisted of several longform essays, reports on other political movements in the U.S. and around the world, photo-journalistic reports on incidents around Japan and political cartoons.
The logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was revealed 2 weeks ago, on the date that marked exactly 5 years to the opening ceremony. And while you certainly can’t please everyone, we loved it and felt the general consensus was a thumbs up as well. Now, Japanese programmer Mitsuhide Matsuda has created a font generator that lets you type out words and even phrases using a font based on the original logo design.