In order to promote their obstetrics business and birthing facilities in Japan Kishokai Medical Corp. partnered with ad agency Dentsu to create one of the most lovely pregnancy diaries I’ve ever seen.
There can be any number of explanations for the Japanese passion for reinventing the umbrella. We’ve seen many iterations of the redesigned, reimagined device from the smart umbrella with anti-slip coatings, the inverted UnBRELLA and even an umbrella that looks like a head of lettuce. But the latest comes from Oki Sato of Nendo, who has focused his energy not on the canopy or the ribs but the handle.
Bus terminals are typically ugly places littered with garbage, stained with oil and reeking of exhaust. But for many it’s also the first and last place you see when arriving and departing. As a gateway to towns and cities the bus terminal should be emblematic of its location – a teaser for sights and attractions that are yet to come. That was the thinking behind Akita Station’s gorgeous new bus terminal located on the west side of the station.
When the Chairman of a local shopping street and his son decided it was time to tear down their old building, they didn’t want just another condo in its place. They wanted something that would interact with the local community and stimulate what they called the “small economy.” Working together with architects Toshiharu Naka and Yuri Uno, the team came up with an apartment with a built-in cafeteria on the ground level that would also serve as a restaurant.
Last year on March 15 the platforms for the Toyoko Line at Shibuya Station moved from the second floor to the fifth floor basement, ending the 85-year history of above-ground operations. The event drew large crowds of train aficionados and their cameras who gathered in hordes to bid farewell to the very last train.
Film director and animator Kazuhiko Okushita creates unique artwork using a technique known as ippitsugaki – one of those great Japanese words that doesn’t really have an English equivalent. In essence, Okushita’s work, whether its a still drawing, an animated gif or a short film, is all made from a single, continuous stroke.
(originally published on October 23, 2011)
Each year, around this time, it’s highly recommended that you review your zombie outbreak preparedness plan – experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when. With a cremation rate of that’s nearly 100% , Japan and their corpse count, or lack thereof, would seem an ideal place to to ride out a plague of the undead. In the text that follows I would like to analyze the pros and cons of the East vs. the West, so that each of us can make informed decisions regarding our own contingency plans for the impending zombie pandemic.
One of the more exciting shows taking place during the 2014 Tokyo Design Week is the Hokusai Manga Inspired Exhibition. Linking past and contemporary artists, the exhibition showcases various works inspired by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. Placed right at the entrance of the show is the work of long-time Tokyo resident and architect Gwenael Nicolas.