Today we hit the Roppongi Hills area of Azubu-Juban in Tokyo. There’s a great contemporary art museum there and the Mori Tower which has an excellent view of the city from the top floor. There were all sorts of great examples of design and also the weirdest pair of pants ever made available for sale (see above). We had lunch at "Freshness Burger", a spot my friend Paul recommended. It definitely lived up to the hype, try to get there if you’re ever in Tokyo.
My brother and I arrived in Tokyo this evening and took the Narita Express to Tokyo Station. We’re staying at this great hotel that my friend Paul recommended, the Sanuki Club in the Azabujuban neighborhood. This whole city is like some giant prayer to the graphic and industrial design gods. I don’t think I could get enough pictures of it all if I was here for a year, everywhere you look is some perfectly thought out sign or machine. I think I took 20 pictures in the airport bathroom alone. I’ll try to post as much interesting stuff as I can find over the coming week.
I’m at the airport about to leave for Tokyo, then it’s on to Thailand, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Prague, and finally London. All told it will be about a month of travel during which time I may not be posting here quite as often as usual. But I will try to post as many shots of interesting things I find along the way. The above image is from the Flickr Tilt-Shift pool, an interesting photography technique I’ll be posting more on later.
Hope everyone is having a good new year!
Thought I’d kick the new year off proper with a song from the French Kicks album "Two Thousand". Buy the album, it’s great, here’s a taste. French Kicks – So Far We Are:
Not to sound macabre, but the time has come to lay another year to rest and welcome the unknown. It’s a little bittersweet, 2007 was a great experience in many ways, but I am sure 2008 has some treats in store and hopefully some hefty doses of learning and evolution.
I want to thank everyone for supporting me and inspiring my work and to wish you all a happy newyear!
Got an update on the Stockholm workshop via the organizers:
"This event is FREE as previously stated. However, seats are limited, so please do wait to order plane tickets and what not until we release information on how to RSVP. Also, if there are any questions regarding the event, feel free to contact me: marcus.stade at gimlet.se"
I have received word that they are putting together some sort of ticketing / RSVP system right now. I will be posting more info as it becomes available, and you can always check the original event post as I will be updating that as well.
Another track from what is fast becoming my favorite poet-scientist-philosopher-band, Mahogany (you may remember them from this post). This one is off their "Connectivity!" album. It doesn’t get much better than this bassline; I think they used a Rickenbacker bass and that sounds a lot like a Casio for the chorus melody, simply amazing. They also happen to have some beautiful album covers. Anyone know who does the artwork? Also, anyone know why I don’t live in Lima, Peru so I can see them live?…Seems to be the only place they play. Click below to hear "Mahogany – The View From The People Wall"