Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

FRAMED Digital Art Display and Marketplace Video

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

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The team at Tha Ltd., a creative interactive design studio based in Tokyo, released an interesting product called FRAMED. FRAMED is not merely a display panel to show art. This 55″ High Definition LED display panel comes equipped with a  2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, built-in HD camera, stereo speakers and high definition microphone for interactivity. According to Tha Ltd. FRAMED “Is a new category of interior device which allows digital art to illuminate the space with ease of hanging a painting or an art piece” and “a platform for new art forms”. FRAMED GALLERY, an online marketplace for FRAMED allows owners of the device to instantly purchase and collect exclusive artwork from artists around the world.  The FRAMED display costs about ¥1.2 million JPY (over $14,000 USD) while each interchangeable piece of art being around $300 USD, depending on the piece.

Here’s a video from CSCOUT showing a demo of FRAMED.

TURNTABLE RIDER created by COGOO

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Cogoo, a bicycle sharing service based in Tokyo, Japan created the prototype for Turntable Rider, a kit that turns any BMX bike into a DJ mix pad and instrument. The video shows Japanese pro BMX rider Kotaro, DJ BAKU, and friends creating a mix by performing tricks on their bike.

“The bike wheels, become jog wheels.
The handbrakes, become sound pads.
Mix and scratch at will.
When you begin to ride, surely a new world is waiting for you.
Now let’s share. Bicycle. Music. A new culture”

Cogoo plans on producing Turntable Rider for the masses once they reach 5900 Facebook “Likes” on their website here.

For more information of TURNTABLE RIDER
https://cogoo.jp/turntablerider

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TURNTABLE RIDER created by COGOO とは、自転車をターンテーブルに転換する世界初のデジタル自転車アクセサリー。1台の自転車をシェアすることから生み出される前代未聞のバイクミュージックパフォーマンス­をシェアしよう。

「ターンテーブルライダーとは 自転車を楽器に転換する画期的な拡張デバイスです。
2つの車輪を、ジョグホイールに。
ハンドブレーキを、サウンドパッドに。
ミックスも、スクラッチも、思いのまま。
走り出せば、きっと新しい世界があなたを待っている。
さあ、シェアしよう。自転車を。音楽を。新しいカルチャーを。」

COGOOのウェブサイト5900人以上が「いいね!」ボタンを押してから量産化を検討するみたいです。詳細はCOGOOウェブサイトから。

https://cogoo.jp/turntablerider

Japan’s influence on design and the creative industry

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Showcases a discussion about Japan’s influence on design and the creative industry. The video features an influential group of in the international fashion industry including Jim Moore from GQ, Todd Snyder from TODD SNYDER, Ryan from PARABELLUM, Jeremiah Mandel from ALOHA RAG, and Tokihito Yoshida from TO-KI-TO.

Via Hypebeast

Gucci Highlights Japan’s Master Craftsmen by Video Blog

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Gucci’s new blog “HAND” features videos introducing master craftsmen of Japan in an attempt to uncover the tradition of craftsmanship in Japan and a need to protect the skills that have been passed down through generations. Gucci will continue introducing craftsmen of different genres throughout 2012. Videos are only in Japanese.

http://ameblo.jp/guccijp/

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GUCCIが日本の伝統的な職人技にスポットライトを当てた動画ブログ「HAND」をスタート

今年でブランド創設91年目を迎える「グッチ」が、未来に受け継ぎたい日本の手仕事を紹介していくオフィシャルブログ「HAND」をスタート。「HAND」では2012年末まで、日本のさまざまな職人たちを公開していく予定。

日本の職人技を撮り下ろし動画で紹介し、観る者を伝統と”手仕事”の世界に誘う。記念すべき第1回目は京都の鏡師、山本晃久氏。

このブログが多くの人に読まれる事で日本文化への興味関心が向けられればと思います。

http://ameblo.jp/guccijp/

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Tron Style Dance Routine from Wrecking Crew Orchestra

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Full routine from the Japanese dance team Wrecking Crew Orchestra who were on the new Xperia commercial in Japan. Although the idea of wearable dance gear was first introduced to the masses by team iLuminate from Los Angeles in the TV show “America’s Got Talent”, WCO’s Tron-inspired moves and creative use of lights are mind blowing.

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ストリートダンスクルーWRECKING CREW ORCHESTRA FAMILYによる携帯会社CMに起用されたパフォーマンスのフルバージョン。
衣装、制御システム、振り付けなどオリジナルで制作してるそうです。

VIDEO OF HORI HIRO - JAPANESE TEBORI TATTOO ARTIST

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hori-hiro Japanese tebori tattoo artist made with japan

Tebori is a traditional method of hand tattooing which arose in the late 18th and early 19th century in Japan. The word Tebori comes from the word “te” meaning “hand” and “hori”, meaning “to carve or sculpt.” The shaft of the tebori tool rests on the thumb of the left hand and the needles are inserted by forward movement of the right arm. Unlike many other forms of hand-tattooing in Asia such as tatau or moko, no assistants are required for tebori.

Hori-Hiro has been continuing this tradition for over 20 years since becoming a tattoo artist. Before tattooing, Hori-Hiro worked as a motorbike mechanic. He now runs a small tattoo studio in Fukushima, a rural part of Japan approximately 2 hours up north from Tokyo by train. Hiro uses both the Japanese tebori technique as well as the western-style machine. However, he prefers the traditional Japanese style, and continues in order to keep this tradition alive. It is said that with tebori, the artist is able to create subtle gradations of tone that are difficult to achieve with a machine. Tebori takes much longer to perform and requires the hori-shi (tattoo artist) to be experienced in this technique, but the results are amazing.

This video shot by Marc Pinto and directed by Steven Guzman for Primitive Tatto, shows the tebori technique and some of Hori-Hiro’s work.

You can also check out his website for more info.
1F 5-13-7 Saikon Koriyama Fukushima 963-8862 Japan
Tel: 024-991-8558[10:00〜19:00]
http://www.hori-hiro-japan.com

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入墨には機械彫りと手彫りがありますが、日本伝統の手彫りを好み、彫り氏として20年続けているHori-Hiro氏のビデオです。兎に角、かっこいい!!福島にスタジオがあります。

〒963-8862
福島県郡山市菜根5-13-7 1F
Tel: 024-991-8558[10:00〜19:00]
http://www.hori-hiro-japan.com

Video shot by Marc Pinto for Primitive Tattoo in Perth AUS & Singapore.
Directed and Edited by Steven Guzman.

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TOKYO/GLOW - A STOP MOTION SHORT FILM

Monday, February 28th, 2011

tokyo glow stop motion by Industry Films and Citizen Jones

Industry Films and Citizen Jones created Tokyo Glow, the journey of a man who comes to life from a street signal to take a walk around the night of Tokyo.

“Written and directed by Jonathan Bensimon and produced by Jonas Bell Pasht, Tokyo/Glow follows the nighttime journey of an illuminated man from a crosswalk sign as he embarks on an adventure through the streets of Tokyo. Shot on location throughout Tokyo using thousands of individual digital stills… To achieve the striking effect of the illuminated man, an original light suit was constructed using hundreds of feet of high-voltage LED rope lights and a translucent nylon outer shell. ”

The video is in high-definition, please enjoy in full screen.

Source: http://tokyoglow.com/

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CORGI MASSAGE THERAPIST
マッサージするコーギー

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Made with Japan predicts that one of the largest trends for 2011 will be teaching your dog how to massage.
If anyone out there know the secrets, please drop in a line with some pointers.

犬マッサージ。いいね〜。

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。

MIKU HATSUNE - VIRTUAL IDOL IN JAPAN
バーチャル・アイドル「初音ミク」

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

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Holographic virtual idol in Japan performs live!

Miku Hatsune is a Vocaloid (Vocal + Android) and idol character created by Crypton Future Media to market their software package built on Yamaha’s synthesized vocal technology. This technology allows virtually anyone make Miku sing any lyrics on any melody using a computer. There have been thousands of songs made by fans and some of her songs have been featured as anime openings. All over Youtube and now featured on recent news, Miku and her virtual idol friends have taken their next big step into the real world as their 3-D holographic images perform sold out concerts in Japan.

As you can see in the video, the fans just loooove her as they all sing along waving their glow sticks. Is it her sweet vocaloid voice that makes her so popular? her catchy melodies? her 16 year-old physique fans now see in 3-D …? (according to her profile on Crypton’s website, she is 16 and I assume she doesn’t age) Who knows, and whatever it is, she has the formula down to the pixel.

Otakus from the rest of the world have already picked up on Miku’s charm. To give you an idea of her growing international fan-base, she has over 44,000 people following her on Facebook with a petition going around on the web to bring Miku Hatsune on a World Tour.

My opinion is that I think this is what the Otaku community has been long waiting for. I mean, who needs virtual pop groups like AKB48 when you have an eternally young Miku? I know a few hardcore Otakus in Japan, and they are not too keen on well, reality including humans of the opposite sex. “We like to keep it as virtual as possible,” one of the guys told me. In fact, as I was writing this post, I remembered one of these guys let me listen to a track he made using the Miku Hatsune package on his ipod several years ago. I bet he’s thrilled.

But all jokes aside, it is amazing to see what technology is capable of and that as a result of this technology Miku may become, if she isn’t already the most internationally recognized pop idol to come out of Japan.

-Yuuki



日本のバーチャル・アイドルが3-Dライブ?世界ツアーの可能性あり
バーチャル・シンガー『初音ミク』は、キュートなキャラクターでもあるが、本来は声優「藤田 咲」さんの声を元に作り上げられた、ボーカル・アンドロイド=Vocaloid。Yamahaのテクノロジーにより、自宅のコンピューターでもアイドル歌手をプロデュースできるのがコンセプト。どんな歌詞もメロディも、自由自在に操れ「初音ミク」に歌ってもらうことができるパワフルなソフトです。最近のニュースに取り上げられているのは他のボーカロイドと共にパフォーマンスをするホログラム・ライブ。コンサートは大人気でチケットはすぐ売り切れるらしい。まだ見てなかったら↑にビデオがあります。

Youtubeにアップされたライブ動画を見てファンになった人も世界中に大勢いる見たいで、SNSサイトFacebookだけでも4,4000人ファンページに登録。あるウェブサイトには「初音ミク」のワールドツアー請願などのムーブメントもあるそうです。

私はボーカロイドやオタクカルチャーについてはあまり詳しくないのですが、多分バーチャルを好む人にとって萌えるのが当然なのでしょう。キャラクターを作ってるのはファンが好むポイントを掴んでるクリエーターだし、年も取らない永久アイドルでもある。その点AKB48とかに比べて大きなアドバンテージもあるとは考えられます。しかし冗談抜きで、テクノロジーの進歩は凄いなと思って。「初音ミク」が日本人なのかはまだ疑問点ですが、日本が生んだパフォーマーで一番知名度の高い国際アイドルになれる可能性がさらにすごいなと...

日本の素晴らしい文化の一部としてアニメ、ゲーム、マンガなどは堂々と誇り持つべき物だとは思うし、ミクさんも応援してます。しかし、Made with Japanとしてはもっと日本の違うとこも見て欲しい。まだ知られてない日本の良さを分かってもらいたい。そのために我々は頑張ります。

-Allan

HISUI 2011 S/S COLLECTION BY HIROKO ITO 伊藤 弘子

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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Source: 00S/S

HISUI is a Japanese women’s wear brand created and designed by Hiroko Ito. She made her debut in 1999, immediately after creating the company 00S/S (zerozeroesuesu) with artist and art director Takeshi Matsuoka. Ito graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology New York and worked for Comme des Garcons (1994 to 1998) creating accessories prior to establishing HISUI.

Ito’s designs are a feminine mix of casual and elegant styles.  This and her signature layered look is prevalent in this 2011 S/S Collection titled, “Dwarves’ Prank - Clothing that enjoys changes brought by dwarves’ pranks.” The translation is a courageous attempt by me and is unofficial, but you can see what I am talking about if you watch the video at the end of the post.

Hisui’s 2011 S/S collection has uite a few unique items. First are the skirts and tank tops deliberately designed with an excessive amount of snap buttons on them so that when desire comes, what is attached (which is sometimes pretty much the entire garment) may be detached and unravelled. In addition to are shirts that come with a fairly large-sized dwarf doll on them, (yes, we’ll get to the dwarves in a second) which adds another touch of humor to this conceptual collection.


デザイナー伊藤 弘子のレディースブランド「HISUI」2011 S/S コレクションの名は「”コビトのいたずら”がもたらす変化を楽しむ服。」HISUIの先行受注会を行っているNuan Pressのウェブサイトによる今シーズンのコンセプトは、自分達の意思を超えて生まれる「変化」の中に感じる、ひとつの気配を”コビトのいたずら”と考え、そんな”コビト”がもたらす変化を楽しむラインアップを披露。

スタイルはHISUIならではのキャジュアルとエレガントなミックス。それに程よいユームアが加わった、明るいコレクションに仕上がっていると思います。

Source: 00S/S and Nuan Press

OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF HISUI

KIKO MIZUHARA x UNIQLO x NORWEGIAN WOOD
水原希子 x ユニクロ x ノルウェイの森

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Model Kiko Mizuhara on commercial for Japanese fast fashion giant Uniqlo, comments on her debut as actress in movie, “Norwegian Wood”.

Kiko will be making her movie debut playing the role of Midori in “Norwegian Wood,” an adaptation film directed by Vietnamese-French Trần Anh Hùng. For those who are unaware, Norwegian Wood is a 1987 novel, an acclaimed international bestseller written by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. Very briefly, Kiku(I think) is commenting on how her experience shooting for the movie has affected her in the Uniqlo commercial. (Dialogue below)

“Who are you?”

“I’m a model. The moment I went to a model job after shooting for the movie, I felt that something had changed inside me. I felt like striving for even better. I think that from now on I will do the same but also because I want to accomplish something fulfilling, the end result to be satisfying. So my feelings with everyone when involved to make it happen became stronger and stronger. By everyone, I mean not me, everyone.”

We are looking forward to seeing Kiko act on the big screen and interesting to see how well Trần Anh Hùng can capture Haruki Murakami’s bestseller. This was the first Murakami novel I read back when I was still in school so I’m extra excited. Just looooooove his mind twisting plots.

Below is the trailer of “Norwegian Wood.” Scheduled to premiere on 12/11/2010 in Japan.

「ノルウェイの森」で女優デビューする水原希子のユニクロCM

「あなたは誰ですか?」

「モデルです 映画が終わった後にモデルの仕事をした瞬間って何か確実に自分の中で変わったんですよ」
「もっと追求するようになってこれからもそうだと思うけど、ちゃんと満足のあるものに­したいからみんなで作り上げようっていう気持ちにもっとなりました みんなでって自分じゃなくてみんなで」

書き下ろし作品として1987年に刊行された村上春樹の小説「ノルウェイの森」。英語圏のほか、フランス、ドイツ、ロシア、韓国、中国、台湾などでも翻訳されたベストセラー。

このストーリーがベトナム系フランス人監督トラン・アン・ユンにより映画化され、2010年12月11日に日本公開。

緑の役を演技初挑戦するモデル水原希子と映画化監督トラン・アン・ユンのテクニックに注目。

「ノルウェイの森」のトレイラー。2010年12月11日(土) 日本公開

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Murakami Haruki’s Website

Mizuhara Kiko’s Blog

Norwegian Wood Website (Japanese)

NOIZ-DAVI on MUSIC VIDEO

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

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Noiz-Davi working the wall on a music video for a j-pop band called Half-Life. Nice work Noiz! …and the guitar riff is stuck in my head from watching the video over and over. heeeee haaawww.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCtNM77fDck

DENKI GROOVE - FLASHBACK DISCO

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Slightly off-topic, but sometimes you gotta get into the flashback disco groove.

‪DEXPISTOLS / NEW JACK HOUSE feat. JON-E‬

Friday, January 1st, 2010

DEXPISTOLS / NEW JACK HOUSE feat. JON-E‬

Cool song and music video by the Dexpistols, Japan’s electro duo made of DJ Maar and DJ Daruma.  LP to be released in 2010! This one is from their first single titled, “New Jack House”. Check it!