Category Archives: Art

BCTION – Art project in Tokyo

Over seventy artists are exhibiting their art work at a nine-story, soon-to-be demolished building in Tokyo. It is expected that many more older buildings in Tokyo will be demolished in the near future as they don’t have earthquake proof structures. The “BCTION” project offers unique opportunities for artists by making use of the dead space in the city.

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Reset – Beyond Fukushima

Ever since the first days following the disastrous events that took place in Japan in March 2011, photojournalist Kazuma Obara has been visiting the sites and the people affected. He even visited the Fukushima power plant itself, where he talked to the workers involved. The series of portraits and interviews he produced is published for the first time in this publication. Obara’s photographs offer touching insights about the consequences of the events surrounding Fukushima. Recollected in this book, they offer a long-term perspective and pose the question of responsibility. They bring to mind just how far-reaching the consequences of this catastrophe are, for the people on site as well as … Continue reading

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Encyclopedia of flowers

Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma – encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs, Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay. In a contemporary manner, Encyclopedia of Flowers immerses the reader in a universe of extraordinary beauty while at the same time addressing dichotomies such as durability and vanity, artificiality and nature, hybrid culture and environmental change. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with … Continue reading

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Amsterdam based visual artist Niko Lanzuisi is raising funds through indiegogo in order to create “a series of short documentary films showing aspects of Tokyo’s creative culture that usually remain inaccessible to those outside of the respective scenes, especially if they don’t speak the language” The first episode of his project is UAMOU. It is a toy design studio established by Ayako Takagi Tokyo x Creatives Indiegogo campaign #1 from studiodonbe on Vimeo.

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Mariko Mori & Ross Lovegrove

Industrial designer Ross Lovegrove interviews Japanese video and photographic artist Mariko Mori. (Source: Crane TV Video Magazine)

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Hoozuki lamp by Sachie Muramatsu

Sachie Muramatsu is a lighting artist based in Japan. Using washi (traditional Japanese paper), she has created many lamps inspired by nature. This is called “Hoozuki Lamp” inspired by a winter cherry.

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Architecture for dogs

Japanese architect Kenya Hara, also known as the creative director of Muji, curated the project “Architecture for dogs”, and international architects and designers participated in it. The design templates will be available at on November 15th, and dog owners can download them.

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“Shin typo” by Dainippon Typo Kumiai

Dainippon Typo Kumiai (Japan Experimental Typography Association)was invited to a workshop held at Tama Art University Interactive Design Course this summer, and they have created the new font by using their own bodies and some tools. It is possible to download the font here.

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Nakanoshima hotel by Tatzu Nishi

Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi turned a part of a public toilet into a hotel. It is a public toilet at Nakanoshima park in Osaka, Japan. Nishi turned it into a twenty-two square meter hotel room, which is equipped with a shower room. Specially trained college students welcome guests. it is thoroughly disinfected and designed to be comfortable even though you can still hear people using the toilet in the other side of the wall. This is part of “Osaka Canvas Project”, art exhibitions organized by the city of Osaka in order to promote the urban life. More information: Photos via:

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The space of flowers and birds

Tatsuya Matsui’s “Bird Robot” has been exhibited at Pola Museum Annex. Tatsuya Matsui is a robotic/product designer, whose work has been shown at museums and galleries around the world including MoMA and Venice biennale. He says that the idea of creating “Bird Robot” came from his thought after the great earthquake last year. “I felt the necessity of redefining our relationships with nature”, Matsui says. The exhibition continues until October 21st, 2012. Photo: excite/ism

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