Archive for August, 2006

Now that it’s August 30, and the Tabaimo show at the Hara Bijitsukan has finally closed (the final day was August 27), I guess it’s finally time for me to say a few things about it. I suppose the point of a pre- August 27 post would have been to get you excited to go […]


1. Orange tofu. 2. Paul is on the subway on the way to the Tokyo opening of Cars. At the Tokyo opening we saw hundreds of kids running around wearing paper car-character hats on their heads, out of their minds with excitement. Later in the day Paul gave an interview at the Apple store in […]


Tokyo float

23Aug06

Paul and I stayed at the Tokyu Excel Shibuya, 24th floor, with an unparalleled view of the city. Spending so much time so high above the streets of Tokyo made me start to feel quiet and abstracted, the same feeling that I get when I’m standing in front of a Gursky print. The somatic experience […]


Pixar in Tokyo

22Aug06

30 June, 2006 My friend Paul Topolos, an artist who formerly worked for Lucas Film, but who now paints backgrounds for Pixar, recently got flown out to Tokyo to attend the gala opening of the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibit, which is currently showing at the Mori Museum. He kindly invited me to tag […]


A month or so ago it started to get really hot in Osaka. In fact, it’s been so hot, that the other morning when I reached up to grab a banana from the shelf above the kitchen sink, I instead found myself holding a limp peel that was busy dripping its innards all over the […]


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, […]


The bridge that connects Meiji-jingu and Harajuku is a famous spot for Sunday cosplay meetings. Cosplayers gather here to check each others’ costumes out, hang out, and take photos of each other. The cosplayers that were out on the Sunday that Jess and I were in Tokyo were primarily dressed as members of their favorite […]