Archive for the ‘design’ Category

I’ve got no idea why the lettuce I buy comes wrapped in plastic adorned with the image of Rantarō Ninja Boy, the star of the anime Nintama Rantarō (忍たま乱太郎). To tell the truth, I initially mistook him for a very healthy country aunty wearing traditionally patterned monpe (もんぺ), the old-style workpants of Japan.


Riding the Osaka Wheel takes you up above the Expo 70 Commemorative Park and you end up looking down on Okamoto Taro’s famous Tower of the Sun, the centerpiece of the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka, as if from a helicopter. I’ve already written about the way in which the traces of the Expo can […]


A visit to the Expo 70 Commemoration Park is a visit to the ruins of the future. The 1970 World Expo held in Osaka was one of the last great future-oriented modernist productions held on an international scale. The theme of the Expo was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” a vision of a united humanity […]


“To make my animals, I try to make a new nature. I don’t want to copy the existing nature.” Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who sculpts new forms of life from PVC. He calls them “strandbeests,” which is Dutch for “beach creatures,” and they cruise the coastline powered by wind, or — in certain more […]


glitchopolis

05Sep13

This series of photographs was shot from the train window between Osaka and Kobe on the Hankyu line using the panorama function on my iPod touch.  The rapid shifting between foreground and background focus points ended up confusing the camera and resulted in these gloriously fragmented views of what would otherwise be a mostly bland […]


On Saturday I went to Kobe to see my friend Ida Masashi (井田 将史) who was participating in volume 12 of the Hinatamizu Ambience (ひなたみずアンビエンス) series of collaborative performances at space eauuu (スペース・オー), a fantastic art and music space.  This particular collaboration involved a series of performances of electro-acoustic ambient music accompanied by the gradual […]


I had no intention of uploading this shot of the very cute Team Moto-Liberty Honda Motocompo, until I was pointed in the direction of a very fine Madness advertisement for the Honda City, which also includes a cameo by the Motocompo.  The Motocompo is basically a transformer bike, a motorcycle that folds up like a […]