Archive for the ‘manga’ Category

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 […]


Akihabara

22Jul06

After an easy shinkansen ride up to Tokyo, through which Jess remained rather passed out the entire time, we made our way to Sendagi where we met up with Tomo. Tomo very kindly let us rest up and refresh ourselves, and then we took off for Akihabara, a must see on Jess’s tourist agenda since […]



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