Archive for tag: Japan

Boro art.

22 April, 2010 (12:57) | Life | By: Olivier

The great volcano Eyjafjallajokull having seen fit to grant me an extra week in Japan, I was able to treat myself to the Boro exposition at the Amuse Museum in Tokyo. I am quite fond of Mingei in general but Boro is particularly close to my heart. Over the past couple of years, to the [...]

Hatsune Miku.

21 April, 2010 (08:43) | Games, Life, People | By: Olivier

Here’s a story: a big corporation wanted to write software that could replicate a singing human voice. To do so, it needed samples from real singers. Fearing they would be rendered obsolete if the software could clone their voice too well, the singers refused. Thus, the corporation had to develop the software using samples from [...]

Sakura pink.

18 April, 2010 (03:40) | Hedonism, Life | By: Olivier

Like my love,
the sakura blossom
dies too soon.

Naoshima

12 December, 2009 (09:17) | Life | By: Olivier

Last month I spent an extended weekend on the tiny island of Naoshima, in the Seto inland sea. Naoshima became a well known cultural spot in Japan after the Benesse corporation (owner of the Berlitz language schools) had Tadao Ando design and build two museums for contemporary art. I usually dislike museums because they feel [...]

Awatama

16 July, 2009 (07:57) | Games, Life | By: Olivier

Soul Bubbles has been released in Japan under the name “Awatama”.

Mononoke Hime’s forest.

30 May, 2009 (08:34) | Life | By: Olivier

A weekend trip to Yakushima island, home of Mononoke Hime’s forest.

Kyoto’s red and gold kimono.

20 November, 2008 (19:44) | Hedonism, Life | By: Olivier

Spent a few days in Kyoto.
Had never seen it in autumn.
Felt like sharing the beauty.

Many lanterns, more deers.

17 June, 2008 (07:03) | Life | By: Olivier

Today I was in the city of Nara – about half an hour by train from Kyoto – where I visited the Todai-ji, a temple which is said to be the largest wooden building in the world and is home to a huge 15 meter bronze Buddha.

I also spent a little time at the local [...]

Earthquake in Tokyo!

13 June, 2008 (17:57) | Life | By: Olivier

I think I’ve just had the ultimate Tokyo experience…
About half an hour ago, northern Japan was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. There were a few casualties. I was woken up by a loud squeaking noise coming from the windows. At first, I thought it was the window cleaning guys. But then the squeaking got [...]

Only in Japan

8 June, 2008 (08:59) | Life | By: Olivier

…can you have lunch at a “dog cafe”, were the owners have a small sandwich while their dogs feast on designer cookies while waiting for their beauty session at the dog grooming shop. I even saw an impeccably dressed guy spoon feed his (pictured below) chihuahua. Then he let the dog lick him on his [...]