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08Jul14

Recently the new issue of Representations —  UC Berkeley’s journal of cultural/aesthetic criticism — arrived on the journal rack at the university where I currently teach.  Representations 126 (Special Issue: Financialization and the Culture Industry) is edited by C.D. Blanton, Colleen Lye, and Kent Puckett.  I don’t know C.D. Blanton, but Colleen Lye and Kent […]


A few weeks ago I went to Kobe with my friend Miyuki Nakao to visit the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art.  Though I’m absolutely wild about Tadanori’s art and have been to see three different exhibits of his work since I’ve lived in Japan, for some reason I hadn’t yet visited the Yokoo Tadanori […]


Photo data, from the top. 1) Dada shows up for a part-time job advertising for a pachinko parlor.  (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 2) Seafood restaurant in the Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai. (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 3) Whity shopping town in Umeda. (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 4) Gyoza restaurant […]



Osaka nights

12Aug13

When the Osaka heat gets to be too much, there’s no better way to beat it than a rooftop party.  My friend Yuhei’s sayonara party (he’s off to England for a couple of years) featured amazing food and friends, card tricks, and the distant booming of the Yodogawa Hanabi fireworks festival. Photographs by Yuhei Abe.


08May13

A set of shots from a night out with friends at one of my favorite local izakaya, 楽.  楽 (raku) means ‘enjoyment’ in Japanese, and is part of two of my favorite kanji compounds: 音楽 (ongaku) and 楽ちん (rakuchin).  音楽 means ‘music,’ but since it’s made up of the kanji for ‘sound’ and ‘enjoyment’ I […]




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