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Shohei exhibition

Pal Shohei is exhibiting new illustrations at Tokyo’s Carhartt Store, November 17 – 25. With his intricate ballpoint pen work, Shohei’s managed to carve out some interesting territory and avoid being overshadowed by his superstar dad. I’ve seen Shohei’s work up close a couple times, and it really does defy description. I won’t get near a piece of paper without an eraser in hand, but Shohei does this stuff start-to-finish in ink, with no revision. Not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended! Carhartt WIP presents SHOHEI Exhibition -Layered- 2012.11.17 (Sat.) – 2012.11.25 (Sun.) at Carhartt Store Tokyo Jingumae 4-28-25, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo More information here. Shohei’s HP here.

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Giant Robot Visits Otomo Katsuhiro’s Genga Exhibit

Otomo Katsuhiro‘s movie, Akira, was my gateway to anime as a teen. Due to this, I was giddier than a kid on a sugar rush when the day came to visit his latest exhibition at the 3331 Chiyoda Arts gallery in Akihabara. Most of the tickets were already sold out because it was the beginning of Golden Week when I attempted purchase passes from the nearest kiosk at Lawson’s. Fortunately, I managed to buy tickets during the latest time slot before the museum closed. The date was set. My friend and I arrived at the gallery an hour before our time slot. A small park was neighbored its entrance and Chiyoda Arts was apparently a Junior High School before it...

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Photographs of Tōhoku

As previously posted on GR, I made several trips to the northern countryside of Japan in the days and weeks following the disaster of 3/11. And, though the intent of these ragtag “missions,” was primarily humanitarian, I took many photos along the way, posting them with my reports on these pages. I recently culled the most evocative of those shots for display at the 12th incarnation of the always delightful Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival, held last week in Frankfurt. Going through these images was difficult and, needless to say, brought back some very sad memories. What a year. GR readers will have seen many of these images before, but here they are (again) as collected for their recent showing at the...

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Is That the World’s Tallest Broadcast Tower, or Are You Just Glad to See Us?

Ramping up for its gala opening next month, developers this week gave domestic and foreign journos a heart-stopping over quarter-mile ride up, up, way up to the observation level of Japan’s latest entry into the ongoing “biggest and longest” competition among industrialized nations ~ the 634-meter-tall (2,080 feet) Tokyo SkyTree. White-knuckled reporters boarded the SkyTree’s high-speed elevators with nervous smiles and waited a minute and 20 seconds to be lifted to the imposing tower’s observation level 1,476-feet above the metropolis. Earthquake’s? The Skytree survived last March’s 9.0 with no damage. The SkyTree has a restaurant and two cafes on the observation decks, a vertigo-inducing glass floor that lets vomitous visitors look straight down and an emergency staircase with 2,523 steps...

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Asian American Film Festival in Chicago

Greetings from Chicago Tim Hugh, one man bandleader of the Chicago Asian American Film Festival This is Tim Hugh and his dog Helga in his kitchen in Chicago. Tim has run the only Asian American Indie Film Fest (i.e. no “imports”) for 12 of the 17 years that it’s been in existence. In this picture, he’s a one man bandleader- running it solo, something I can relate to as a solo musician. I’m in town to promote my film “Daylight Savings” which premiered at SXSW this year, and will be the opening night film this year. Joining me at the screening will be Michael Aki who plays my cousin in the film. I met Mike at this very festival in...

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