Archive for December, 2010

HOW TO MAKE JAPANESE SUNAE LIKE NAOSHI:
WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION AT SANRIO 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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Naoshi flew over to Los Angeles, California to participate in the Sanrio 50th Anniversary Event “Small Gift LA (11/12/2010 through 11/21/2010.)
The first picture above are of her works commissioned by and made special for Sanrio. This time she chose the queen of Sanrio, Hello Kitty, in her works. All three pieces can be described as cute, shiny, and surreal- a style that Naoshi has become well known for. Despite owning this style, Naoshi does an amazing job of always keeping it fresh.

On the 13th, she instructed her first overseas Sunae painting workshop as part of the Sanrio event. This cute video above which Naoshi and her friends made titled, “How to Make Sunae” walks you through the steps of well,,, how to make sunae! This will give you a basic idea of what you would have learned from Naoshi if you were at the workshop. Try it at home!

“I was a little scared of the outcome because my day started out with me running to the store in tears. I forgot to bring a bunch of supplies I needed for the workshop! I ended up enjoying the workshop though, and being able to see everybody having lots of fun making their own sunae Hello Kitty put a big big smile on my face. I would definitely love to do more sunae workshops in 2011!” -Naoshi

NAOSHI’S WEBSITE

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2011年11月12日~11月21日にLos Angelesで開催されたサンリオ50周年記念イベント『Small Gift LA』に参加してきました。

13日は、海外で初となる砂絵ワークショップ。必要な道具を忘れて涙目で買いに行ったり、どうなることかと思いましたが、参加者の方たちがオリジナルキティを楽しそうに作る姿を見て、わたしも笑顔になりました。

来年は、砂絵ワークショップもどんどんやっていこうと思います。

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MADE WITH JAPAN PHOTO DIARY - JAPAN FALL 2010 : PART 3

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Short trip over to Hakone to relax in the onsen hot springs.
Staying at a ryokan inn and soaking in onsen are a popular tourist activity as well as a favorite domestic vacation for many Japanese. Families, friends, couples, co-workers, etc. all go to ryokans which are more often located in rural areas, to get some relaxation time away from their hectic everyday lives. Culturally, we love baths but natural onsen is said to have healing properties from its mineral contents which makes it special.

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阿嵐 ALAIN - JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHER : NEW WEBSITE

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

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Alain is a calligrapher based in Tokyo, Japan. Growing up in Okinawa, he learned the traditional ways of Japanese calligraphy known as “shodo.” One of the principles (and beauties) of shodo is that one has only a single shot when writing on the washi paper with a brush loaded with sumi ink. There is no way to touch up the brush stokes later so it can be said that the end result represents the calligrapher’s state of mind at that moment. This stems from the teachings of Zen Buddhism, stressing connection to the spiritual rather than the physical and requires one to have a clear mind to let the brush strokes flow naturally.

While Alain is deeply rooted in this traditional discipline of shodo, many of his works also demonstrate unconventional ways of using this traditional style of calligraphy. One of his current goals is demonstrate that shodo is fun, and that there are different approaches one can make to a traditional style. While you’ll see him paint live at events and holding solo exhibitions around Tokyo as a calligrapher, you might also be able to catch him on a billboard in Shibuya or various fashion magazines as he is also a popular men’s fashion model.

Alain recently created a new website where you can view some of his work.

http://alain-tokyo.com

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東京で書家とモデルとして活躍しているAlain(阿嵐)の新しいウェブサイトがアップされました。彼の斬新な作品を是非チェックして見て下さい。

http://alain-tokyo.com

VINTAGE SUBWAY MANNER POSTERS FROM JAPAN
70年〜80年代のマナーポスター

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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A series of amusing subway manner posters that appeared in Tokyo sometime between 1976 and 1982.
1976年から1982年あたりに地下鉄で見かけられていた面白いマナーポスター。

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Careful not to get your bag caught between the train doors.

シマッタ。閉まるドアにご注意。

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This poster shows the three types of trouble-making monsters on the train. As you can see, they are taking up space and being annoying. “Asshi-” crossing it’s legs. “Nesshi-” sleeping. “Shinbunshi-” opening up a newspaper when crowded.

車内のメイワク三大怪獣–アッシー、ネッシー、シンブンシー。昔こんな人よく見かけてましたが怪獣だったんですね。

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DOG HARAJUKU:
UNDERGROUND STREET FASHION BRAND GOES TO HONG KONG

Monday, December 13th, 2010

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原宿と高円寺にショップがあるストリートファッションブランドDOG in香港。
香港のWTC MoreショッピングモールでDOGのファッションショーとポップアップ・ストアを12/9公開。上のビデオはイベントとDOGを香港の人達へ紹介する為に作られたもの。えんじょい!

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The WTC More shopping mall in Hong Kong hosted a fashion show and pop-up store exclusively featuring the eccentric fashion of Dog Harajuku this past Thursday. These videos promoting the event in Hong Kong introduces Dog and will give you a glimpse of what their store and fashion looks like. Video is mostly in Chinese, hosted by my friend Ivan Wang. But wait! There’s a commentary by American fashion designer Jeremy Scott in the middle. (In English ofcourse)

Dog is a Japanese street fashion brand that has lead the underground fashion scene in Tokyo throughout the decade and consistently remains a staple store to the kids who live by the sub-culture.  Their shop is hidden away in a basement on Harajuku Street selling a variety of vintage and reworked items. They also own another located called Secret Dog in the Kita-Kore building in Koenji. Dog owner Satake Kai and designer Takuma Fuji create the pieces themselves, often incorporating an industrial punk flair. Expect to see a lot of metal plates, studs, spikes, and other bling of the sorts. Sometime within the past few years, even Lady Gaga has fallen victim of the Dog fashion and visits the store to get her fix when she’s in Japan. We respect Gaga, but who in the underground cares what celebrities think, right? Made with Japan guarantees you their high level of street creds. Owner and designer of Nincompoop Capacity, another popular street fashion brand likewise with shops in Harajuku and Koenji, expressed respect for Dog by mentioning their continuing popularity with the young kids in their interview with us HERE.

Jingumae 3-23-3 B1, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03 3746 8110
Web: http://www.dog-hjk.com/

MINI x RINPA ESHIDAN - MINI GINZA “LIVE CANVAS”

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Our fellow Made with Japan contributor, NOIZ-DAVI who is also founder and member of the famous Rinpa Eshidan art crew, mixes it up with the rest of the group to promote the new Mini-Cooper in Ginza. NOIZ-DAVI is wearing a black cap and is painting the hood of the Mini in the beginning of the video.

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アートクルー輪派絵師団(りんぱえしだん)がMini-Cooper Ginzaでペインティング。輪派絵師団のリーダーでもあるMWJメンバーNOIZ-DAVIももちろん参加!黒いキャップをかぶってボンネットをペイントしているのがNOIZ-DAVIです。

MADE WITH JAPAN PHOTO DIARY- JAPAN FALL 2010 : PART 2

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

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At Nincompoop Capacity store in Harajuku. I visited Hashio and Take to get an inside look at their underground street fashion brand. You can view pictures of their cool clothing and the interview here. Thanks again Nincompoop!

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In front of the popular department store, Laforet Harajuku. While walking back home after the interview, I ran into a Japanese friend of mine whom I met in the U.S.  What a pleasant surprise! to say the least.

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MADE WITH JAPAN PHOTO DIARY- JAPAN FALL 2010 : PART 1

Friday, December 10th, 2010

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The purpose of our photo diary is to share our snapshots. This first series features my visit to Japan during Fall 2010. Enjoy!

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Looking out into Harajuku/Omotesando and Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo. One of the cool things about the concrete labyrinth of Tokyo are the large patches of greenery which can be enjoyed at parks and Shinto shrines where people can go picnicking or take a stroll.

In this area, you will be pleased to find arguably, the best shopping in the world.  Find anything from the cheap and funky fashion items, small underground fashion boutiques, large fast fashion stores, to the international luxury brands. The area is also known as the breeding ground for Tokyo street fashion and youth culture. If you ever come across a Tokyo street fashion snap, chances are they were taken on one of the streets here. The kids here really know how to mix up styles and get away with looking good!

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