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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 […]


The 2014 Nipponbashi Street Festival (日本橋ストリートフェスタ) will be held in Osaka on March 21st.  I went to the 2013 Street Festival and had a blast, even though I did end up missing the parade itself (which is the main event) and instead spent my time on the backstreets taking portraits.  Most of the more elaborate […]


gigantor

11Oct10

There seems to be an abundance of life-sized recreations of giant robots popping up all over Japan at the moment, a trend that I fully support.  The latest of these is an 18-meter tall recreation of Testujin 28-go (鉄人28号) —  known as Gigantor in English — that was constructed as part of an effort to […]


Tokyo may have failed in its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, but at least it has an 18-meter Gundam statue to show for it.  According to the Japan Times, the “35-ton fiberglass and steel monolith is the centerpiece of the Green Tokyo Gundam Project intended to raise environmental awareness.”  While there are certainly […]


While Marié was doing a soundcheck with RF at Urban Guild, Akita and I went to Gallerie Aube to see Tanaami Keiichi’s latest exhibit, which was stellar. Tanaami’s avant-garde work includes animation, graphic design, painting, and poster design. His 1960s work, like Yokoo Tadanori’s, engages with a style of poster art known as ungurashibai. As […]


I thought I was prepared for Takarazuka, but in truth, I wasn’t. Sometime in the middle of May, my friend Julia Cho and her husband Ed came to stay with me during a grant-funded trip through Japan for the purpose of researching popular forms of Japanese art and culture that, in one way or another, […]


Nakano

26Jul06

After spending the early part of the day in Akihabara, Jess, Tomo, and I headed to Nakano, another node for Tokyo subculture. The center of Nakano’s subculture is the Broadway(ブロードウェイ)building, which contains a stunning array of shops that specialize in used/collectible manga, figurines, limited edition and handmade items (especially t-shirts), and counterculture matériel. Most of […]



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