Shugo Tokumaru Music video “Poker" (from "In Focus?”)
Dir: Mirai Mizue & Yukie Nakauchi (Mirai Film)
4000枚もの原画から制作されたこの映像は、実験アニメーションの父ノーマン・マクラレンの作品をモチーフに描かれた動きから始り、後半にかけては水江未来＆中内友紀恵によるカラフルで独特な個性が、何十種類もの楽器で演奏されたトクマルシューゴの楽曲の中で爆発する、言わば『トクマルシューゴ × 水江未来 × ノーマン・マクラレン』という時を超えた壮大なコラボレーションによる音楽映像作品となっています。
Takayuki Ohira (Planetarium Builder) at TEDxTokyo
You can prove possible, but you can’t prove impossible” is Takayuki Ohira’s favorite saying. As a child, Takayuki built his own planetarium, and later at Nihon University created another called Astroliner that utilized a lens projector—a feat considered beyond the capabilities of amateur planetarium builders.
In 1998, he surprised the world by inventing MEGASTAR, a planetarium capable of displaying 1.7 million stars. In 2004, his MEGASTAR-Ⅱ-Cosmos—made in cooperation with The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and projecting 5.6 million stars—entered the Guinness World Records. In 2011, Takayuki devised and built a 360-degree full-sphere planetarium installation in Estonia. Later, he invented and installed MEGASTAR Fusion, a new concept in planetariums, at Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum. Takayuki continues to stretch humanity’s perception of the cosmos and help us discover skies we have never seen before.
"Goldfish Salvation" Riusuke Fukahori
The beauty of a school of goldfishes in a bucket, full of colour and life… but… they are not alive, but not dead neither. This gorgeous goldfishes are 3D painting by Riusuke Fukahori.
Rough draft sketches turned into actual furniture by Daigo Fukawa
I’ve been going through a lot of student work this week (see it all here) and one of my favorites is this clever set of furniture that looks like rough sketches suddenly came to life. It’s enough to make you do a double-take, or to assume they’re just renderings. The collection, appropriately titled “rough sketch products” was created by art student Daigo Fukawa for his 2013 senior thesis exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts.
I’m not sure how comfortable these pieces are, but in terms of bringing ideas to life (quite literally) Daigo Fukawa takes the cake.
by Johnny on November 27, 2013
Keita Sagaki Covers the USA in Doodles
Manic doodler Keita Sagaki updated his portfolio with recent works and he appears to be shifting his focus to the USA. From afar, the 29-year old Tokyo-based artist creates work that appears to be fairly accurate sketches – nothing more, nothing less. But upon closer observation one realizes that each piece is actually composed of hundreds of cartoonish doodles that encompass entire canvasses.
Sagaki previously focused his efforts on recreating classical artwork like Greek sculptures and The Mona Lisa using wacky doodles. But his recent work would suggest he’s now seeking inspiration from iconic American landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, New York’s Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Read more »
by Johnny from Spoon & Tamago
Welcome to the first issue of the Tokyo Paper Guide.
Tokyo Paper Guide is a guide book and travel zine about Tokyo fashion, culture and lifestyle.
The first issue reviews many of the main districts of Tokyo, including Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Aoyama, Roppongi, Tokoy, Ginza, Odaiba, Tokyo, Akihabara and Asakusa.
In future, we will cover other districts such as Hiroo, Shimokitazawa, Daikanyama, Kichijoji, Koenji, Bakurocho - and many more! The zine thoroughly explores Japanese culture and the local people’s lifestyle, covering their favourite spots and food as well as fashion. It covers many of the major places to visit, as well as some lesser known cafes, clothing shops, zakka and book stores, noodle places, cheap Izakayas, vegetarian restaurants, gardens and more.
This PDF is A5 size - best to upload to your iPad mini.
Tokyo Paper Guide is designed and edited by Papertrumpets and Mr Lemonade (jafflechutes.com).
Many of our awesome friends in Japan have contributed in the making of this guide (thank you amazing, talented good-looking friends!).
Have a great time in Japan!
Mamoris - a chair that transforms into a helmet
Safety, right under your butt. That’s actually the slogan for this new helmet. But, the designers weren’t joking around when they created Mamoris, a chair that transforms into a helmet. The name comes from the words mamoru (to protect) and isu (chair).
“You never know when a natural disaster like an earthquake might strike you,” says Yuji Ikawa, one of the co-founders. “We thought about how best to implement safety into our daily lives.” Realizing that chairs are not only ubiquitous but that they could also take inspiration from its shape and form, the designers created a helmet that doubles as the backrest of a chair. Read more »
Tokyo Art Meeting Ⅳ BUNNY SMASH design to touch the world
Tokyo Art Meeting presents new possibilities through chance encounters between contemporary art and expression in various genres.
This year, the exhibition will be held under the theme of “Art and Design”, introducing leading-edge creations by designers, artists and architects who take new approaches to information and environment from Japan and abroad to obtain deep understanding of the contemporary soceity.
Image : “Life Support” (2008) Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
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189 spinning CDs as phenakistoscopes used to create Sour’s new music video
After successfully crowd-funding their campaign on Kickstarter and GreenFunding (a Japanese equivalent), the band SOUR has released their latest music video. With the help of directors Masashi Kawamura and Kota Iguchi, the band filmed 189 spinning CDs as phenakistoscopes to create their entire animated video, “Life is Music.”
The song is about “the circle of life, and how music is its rhythm maker,” says the creators. “We took this concept, and came up with an idea to use the spinning CD disc as a Phenakistoscope.”
Supporters of the project who pledged $70 or more were entitled to receive one of the actual CDs used in the filming. Leftovers are being sold for 3,000 yen (about $30) on the website.
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