SpineTV has assembled a series devoted to what may be the world’s most quirky metropolis, Tokyo. I have never been but this series has me itching to travel there as soon as humanly possible. It must truly be an amazing place. In order to view the entire series you can dig into Spine’s Vimeo account here.
Here is the description of episode 6 of the series that you can watch above:
“In episode 6 of our Tokyo City Series we visit Kokoro HQ, part of the Sanrio Group responsible for one of the most famous Japanese exports, Hello Kitty. Since their inception on 1984 Kokoro have created various ‘ofrobots’ including people friendly vending machines, massive animatronic dinosaurs and life-like ‘humanoid’ robots, developed in ‘continous observation of humans’. We meet Takeshi Mita who shows us the female actroids (actor/android) they are currently developing and tells us of his hopes for an actroid and human integrated future.”
Japanese artist Yasuhiro Sakurai creates some divine wooden sculptures that must require some amazing talent to carve. The personality of the sitter remains intact with a haunting impact. It’s all in the eyes.
I didn’t realize the power that 42 seconds could wield over my deep desire to travel to Tokyo. Awesome little video. Please someone send me over there. I will generate all manner of design/art/illustration if you just put me in a hotel for a week and let me go crazy in that city.
We Love Magazine is a magazine library exhibit going on in Japan that allows visitors to peruse magazines dating all the way back to the 1920s. It looks like it could be something really cool to check out if you are in or around Tokyo.
Visit the website for more information about access.
Kimiko Yoshida is a Japanese born Photographer who currently resides in Europe. She has some really unique and fascinating imagery in her portfolio focused primarily on portraiture. In particular, she has a series of self portraits that have been widely exhibited and account singularly as a remarkable body of work.
Unusual, interesting and original illustrations by Natsko Seki. Seki is apparently a big fan of antique and vintage culture giving her work a nostalgic contemporary feel. She derives a lot of her inspiration from London where she currently lives. She has also enjoyed success in Japan where she recently exhibited at the Rocket Gallery in Tokyo.
I have written of her work before but after looking through it again today, I think it deserves a second look.
There is some really captivating imagery in the folio of Tokyo-based artist and illustrator Ryohei Hase. It’s the kind of work only a very uniquely talented artist could pull off. Some of the images are really stunning.
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