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Notes, links, etc | Prototyping in Tokyo
Nice write-up of this show from Denise - I greatly enjoyed it, and agree with most of what she wrote. I particularly enjoyed examples of the SLS (3D printing technique) process, notably, the case showing what emerges from the printer - and how much material is brushed away by hand to reveal the object thereafter. Many of the exhibits they showed were magical, and yet they worked hard to remove the magic from the _processes_, and I really think they pulled that off.
engineering  design  prototyping  3dprinting  additivemanufacture  japanhouse  japan 
4 weeks ago by infovore
Phonetikana - the johnson banks thought for the week
"One of the three typographic styles that is used in Japan is essentially phonetic, and is called Katakana. We’ve been attempting to find ways to incorporate phonetic sounds with the Katakana letterforms." Brilliant.
katakana  type  japan  typography  ingenious  phonetics 
june 2010 by infovore
Versus City
"bringing japanese arcades to you" - a blog about the Japanese Arcade scene. Videos, new releases, and lots of tournament videos. Not bad!
games  arcade  japan  tournament  beatemup  arcades  scene 
april 2009 by infovore
There Will Be No Animated Gifs In This Blog.: It's Not Like You Can Predict Memes, but...
If you tilt N64 cartridges, amusing glitches happen. What you might not predict: loads of Japanese (real-world) videos pastiching "tilted" Goldeneye. This is bonkers.
games  n64  goldeneye  memes  tilting  japan  bonkers 
april 2009 by infovore
YouTube - Japanese PS3 Bioshock ad
Japanese Bioshock commercial. Nifty: no in-game footage, but there's something that feels like it overlaps right.
games  advertising  bioshock  japan 
january 2009 by infovore
xiao(シャオ)|タカラトミー
Click "CM Gallery". Watch. In order to illustrate the xiao's ability to not only take but also print photographs, Takara Tomy really pushed their anthropomorphic metaphor to the limits.
camera  print  electronics  technology  japan  anthropomorphic  maximumstrain 
december 2008 by infovore
Trends in Japan » Mugen Peri Peri opens boxes forever without papercuts
"The Mugen (infinite) series of toys from Bandai Asovision has now brought us the Mugen PeriPeri, a keychain toy that aims to replicate the pleasure of opening a package for the first time. Snacks, boxes, and other tear-open packages tend to reveal good things, so perhaps experiencing this sensation boosts endorphins and sends us into pleasure mode." Tear-off wrapping you can tear forver.
via:brandonnn  toys  japan  product  packaging 
october 2008 by infovore
The lone wolf - Books - Entertainment - theage.com.au
[Murukami] wrote the initial chapters in English, before translating them into Japanese. "I didn't know how to write fiction, so I tried writing in English because my vocabulary was limited. I knew too many words in Japanese. It was too heavy." Good inter
books  interview  japan  literature  writing  howework  murukami 
july 2006 by infovore

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