Mit ‘Japan’ getaggte Beiträge

Japanese electronic music artist Metome released “Wonderwall” EP and with motion designers from BRDG created an abstract music video ready to watch. Sound: metome, video: Taiyo Yamamoto, produced by BRDG Tokyo.

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Storied lifestyle clothing company LRG sends its skate team to Tokyo for its new Skate The Void edit. In the short video, team riders Rodrigo TX, Chico Brenes, Kelly Hart, Felipe Gustavo, Karl Watson, and Masataka Yamashiro join up for a rousing jam session in an indoor skatepark before hitting up some of the unique street topography that only Tokyo could offer.

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* It’s going to be a year since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami devastated most parts of Japan March 11, 2011. Over the past 12 months, the Japanese were being praised for doing a commendable job of clearing up quake debris and wrecks that cluttered across the country’s coastal regions. All these months, pictures of Japan’s cleanup efforts were flashed across the Web and other media with the one showing a massive ship resting on a roof being one of the most powerful images that portrayed the intensity of the disaster. While Japan was striving to recover from the aftermath of the disaster, nuclear radiation releases around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant further added to the woes.

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* A message from the artist Shintaro Ohata: „I named this exhibition title ‚Polaris‚ because I long for something absolute and firm like “Polaris”, which is always very bright and seems to be situated in the same place of the universe all the time. I also wish to find a core like Polaris in my heart.“

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* After we wrote about Japanese artist Takanori Aiba’s amazing bonsai tree houses, we planned on, one day, following up with another post that not only showed his other incredible sculptures, but also included an interview with him. I’m happy to announce that that day has come. Aiba was kind enough to not only answer our questions, he also provided these great images of his dream-like sculptures, giving us the inside scoop on what materials he used and how much time it took to construct each magnificent piece.

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Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates incredibly intricate mazes made entirely out of salt! Currently showing at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan is one of his newest works entitled „Forest of Beyond.“ The Hakone installation (seen above and immediately below) looks like a giant tree with visible branches. Working 14 hours a day, it took him two weeks to complete. As he told Japan Times, „I draw with a wish that, through each line, I am led to a memory of my sister. That is always at the bottom of my work. Each cell-like part, to me, is a memory of her that I call up, like a tiff I had with her over a pudding cake she took from the fridge. My wish is to put such tiny episodes together.“

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Wenn zwei Söhne aufwachsen…
… und Vati das alles fotografisch festhält, kommt da so ein unglaublich nices Projekt bei heraus. Ich frag‘ mich gerade, wie das in manchen Situationen so ablaufen musste. Ob Hideaki Hamada (der Vater) seine beiden Sweethearts dann gebeten hat, mal eben kurz inne zu halten oder ob die ganzen Shots wirklich aus der spontanen Situation heraus entstanden sind!? However… Die werden später mal einen unglaublichen Fun daran haben, diese tollen Aufnahmen durchzublättern, die ’noch’süßen Lütten Jungs!

* Not since Jason Lee could someone find a father who could capture childhood is such a sweet and genuine way. Osaka, Japan-based photographer/web designer Hideaki Hamada shoots his curiously cute boys, Haru and Mina, as they make their way through life. This very proud father has been shooting his sons since they were born. (The older son, Haru, is now five and the younger son, Mina, is now three.) For multiple reasons, he chose to document their lives and share these personal moments with the world. „I want to take photographs of my sons so that they will be able to feel something when they grow up,“ he tells us. „These photos will be like gifts to my family in the future.

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* Once again adidas Originals and Japanese brand VANQUISH have teamed up for Spring/Summer 2012. They present a capsule collection, including both apparel and footwear for the new season. In terms of footwear they present the mid top Adi-Rise sneaker in a tonal black version, featuring different leathers on the upper and stud decoration. The theme goes through the entire collection, which is kept in black with stud details also featured on the clothing.

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Erdrotation im Land der aufgehenden Sonne in Echtzeit simuliert – oder etwa doch nicht?
Und tatsächlich – Japan zeigt’s uns hautnah und richtig authentisch, was in der physischen Darstellung der Erdprozesse da alles so möglich zu sein scheint. Mit nem sog. spherischen OLED-Screen haben Wissenschaftler im Tokyos Nationales Museum der aufstrebenden Wissenschaften und Innovationen (MIRAIKAN) einen geradezu magischen Globus mit Echtzeit getreuen Strömungen in die Mitte der Museumshalle gehängt. Der Geo-Globus zieht mich voll in seinen Bann – euch auch?

* If you’re headed to Tokyo, Japan, make sure to drop by The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) to see some state-of-the-art science and technology. Around the middle of last year, the museum unveiled the world’s first large-scale spherical OLED screen, measuring over 19 feet in diameter. Called Geo-Cosmos, this isn’t any ordinary globe. It shows near real-time displays of what’s happening to our Earth! How? Data for Geo-Cosmos is acquired from scientists and research institutes from all around the world.

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