Infection has begun! 150 of them is a “healthy start”.
I’ve always suspected that the reason why the iPhone gets outsold in Asia is its inability to allow the user to decorate it with cell phone charms. I’m pretty sure I’m right. Cell phone charms are BIG business. A Tokyo 3D printing company has joined the decades long trend for a niche market – pregnant ladies.
Their primary product is a personalized 3D printed model of your baby in utero. You can go old school and get a 2D grainy, black and white scan of your spawn and try to guess which body part is which. You can even upgrade to a 4D ulstrasound and get clearer images and video of your lumpy baby, OR for $1,200 you can go all the way and get this resin model based on your 4D ultrasound, that is shaped like your pregnant gut. It’s great for carrying in your purse to show off to friends and family, and also doubles as a paperweight! And don’t forget about your cell phone – the company throws in a free miniature cell phone charm version so you can show everyone what your not-yet-born baby looks like without having to carry your resin model around with you all the time.
The company is diversifying their product line. In addition to the resin models, and the bonus cell charms, they will also be offering 3D models of just the mushy face of your baby. Baby faces sort of fall into all-rook-same status at this point in fetal development, but I imagine there’s a growing market for this, and not just in tech-wacky Japan.
Zaha Hadid to design the New National Stadium in Japan! The design is above. Zaha Hadid is known for crazy lines, interesting shapes, and a space age feel. This will be an exciting project. Is this to set up for a possible Olympics? (Huffington Post – Zaha Hadid)
Daniel Wu visited a mobile container designed by Hadid in a previous post. (Giant Robot – Hadid)
It’s obviously ftw. Japanese bikini clad Girls and Robots mixed in a cabaret setting in a Tokyo restaurant and guess what, there’s more. They fight! This doesn’t seem like the best entertainment, but it has to be worth a view. At $40 you also get dinner in the form of a bento box! Yes, we need video don’t we? See below! (Reuters – Robot Restaurant)
I was wandering around Shibuya the other night and ran across a construction divider plastered with stickers of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The stickers gradually sprung up shortly after the 1 year anniversary of the 3.11 nuclear disaster. These and many others are the work of a designer/underground artist cryptically named “281 AntiNuke” targeting Tepco Photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert documented some of 281′s handy work throughout the city along with a photograph of what appears to be 281 himself standing beside one of his stickers. I can’t find any other information on this artistic crusader otherwise.
So far, I haven’t seen these two photos uploaded online. One is a an Obama Hope poster parody with the President’s visage replaced by a collage of nuclear trefoils. The other is another of Noda as a ventriloquist dummy with the tagline “Follow the Follower.”
The most expensive place to live? Tokyo and… surprise, Angola. Osaka is third on a list according to a consulting company. Yes, and search Angola in Google. Among the first 10 images aside from maps is the woman below. In Angola, an apartment can set you back 6,000. We’re not sure what the average is, but it’s a surprising name to hear about. London is #25.
It’s bittersweet since the penguin looks healthy after two months of freedom in a crowded Tokyo Bay. Sometimes, the stupidest thing like a penguin thriving against the odds and not needed any human help is a great story in itself. Now, the Tokyo Aquarium has a new feature and it cost them nothing. Yeah that’s the business thinking in gear already. (CNN – Tokyo Penguin)
Tonki restaurant was founded 73 years ago and while surfing just a bit, I ran into an article about this and then found a post from the past. I’ve been to the shop, and it’s an amazing place. (Japantimes – Tonki) Here’s a post from 2010 on a visit there. It just happens that it’s located near the station and it’s just a cool place. It’s not exactly cheap, but it’s worth the visit. There is something special about the wood counters, seating, and it’s cleanliness for a place that’s cooking in oil. It feels great and clean and they’ll also give you as much cabbage as you handle – sometimes it’s the underdog item. (GR – Tonki)
Here’s a video of the shop
That’s the Tokyo Sky Tree. It’s a huge structure that exists just to have it exist. A tourist trap, a monument or a testament, it’s huge and open. It’s 634-meter (2,080-foot) and will get featured in films and more. The Tokyo Tower as much as any huge monument made appearances in films including one of it’s name sake. (Huffington Post – Sky Tree)
Taiwan-based EVA Air and toymaker Sanrio have joined paws and sent an adorable fleet of three Hello Kitty-themed Airbus 330-300s to do battle against their many competitors in the short-route airline wars in East Asia, flying routes between cities such as Taipei, Fukuoka, Tokyo (Narita), Sapporo, Incheon, Hong Kong and Guam. EVA spokespersons were quick, however, to quell rumors that pilots of these aircraft would be dressed as Pikachu. (BuzzFeed ~ Thank You for Choosing Hello Kitty Airlines)
While production for the fan maligned live-action Akira adaptation may have screeched to a halt as of January 5, 2012, Otomo Katsuhiro–the original creator for the manga and anime–is ever busy with an upcoming art exhibit at the 3331 Chiyoda Arts Centre in Tokyo, Japan, showcased between April 9th to March 30th, 2012. The Genga Exhibition, as it is called, already has a catalogue available for pre-order on Amazon.co.jp.
So far, unpublished art for Kaba 2 will be showcased alongside pieces from his other work.
In addition to that, a special discussion will occur live on UStream between Katsuhiro-san, Blood: The Last Vampire‘s Katsuya Terada, and Perfect Blue‘s Hisashi Higuchi on April 9th, 8 p.m. Japan local time.
Guests are required to purchase their tickets in advance at Lawson’s convenience stores for admittance at a designated time. What’s better is that this is an opportunity to geek out for a good cause. Thirty percent of ticket proceeds go towards helping victims of the 3/11 Earthquake.
Nothing’s set in stone, but I’ll definitely try to make it out there sometime in April or May and report further on the exhibit.
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Why Tokyo is #1? Interesting that CNN would go out and just say this even if it’s just “CNNgo” but it’s saying a lot from a news organization that is supposed to be… a news organization. We can agree Tokyo might be #1 among many great places, but it’s almost child like to say this! (CNN – Tokyo #1)
Post-apoclyptic landscapes are the cliches Japanese scifi is made from. But never before have we seen it this gorgeously rendered.