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05 JULY 2014

Japanology Plus: Japanese Bento Trends

"Bento are portable boxes of food, typically composed of rice, protein-rich main dishes, and vegetables on the side. They've evolved from a purely practical means of sustenance into a fun way to eat - these days, there's even a fad for bento with cute characters drawn using the food. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is bento. Our guest is Ayao Okumura, one of the leading experts on Japan's culinary culture. And in Plus One, the latest trends in bento boxes."

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Ayao Okumura • baon • bento • bento box • bento shops • bento style • bento-ya • biandang • box • box lunch • box lunches • box-shaped container • boxed lunch • character bento • compartment • cooked vegetables • culinary culture • dosirak • fishfood • hand crafted lacquerware • home-packed meal • Japan Broadcasting Corporation • Japanese • Japanese box lunches • Japanese cuisine • Japanology Plus • kyaraben • lunch • lunch box • meat • Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) • oekakiben • pickled vegetables • picture bento • portable boxes • riceschool lunch • single-portion takeout • tiffin • traditional bento

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Simon Perkins
06 JUNE 2013

The World's Loveliest Advertisement For Death

"Funeral homes are purposely dour, all subdued blacks, hushed grays, and buffed dark cherry wood. It would seem that design flourishes have no part to play in this (non)aesthetic. In Japan, in fact, it's taboo to break this monochromatic code. But a new advertisment for Nishinihon Tenrei funeral parlor goes against the grain.

Produced by ad agency I&S BBDO, the life–sized poster depicts a human skeleton recreated in colorful flower petals set on an arresting white background. Kneecaps are made from sunflowers, links of green leaves trace out rib cages, and arched rows of pink roses form the silhouette of the crown of a skull.

The poster, which recently took home a One Show Design Merit Award, was the brainchild of Mari Nishimura, creative director at I&S BBDO. The idea for the image came from his own experience with death, he tells Co. Design. Nishimura was left with 'profound feelings' of his late father's funeral, which, incidentally enough, was held at the Nishinihon Tenrei funeral parlor."

(Sammy Medina, 29 May 2013, Co.Design)

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Simon Perkins
03 DECEMBER 2012

Daito Manabe + Nosaj Thing: Eclipse/Blue

"We first got the chance to ascend into Nosaj Thing's sonic dreamworld at our The Creators Project: New York 2011, where he performed alongside some fittingly fantastical installations like Zigelbaum + Coelho's Six–Forty by Four–Eighty and Team Dis–Kinect's motion–mimicking puppet. Engaged in a subtle dance with his MPD32, Nosaj wove together a pounding, wistful set before projected visuals. As surreal as that live experience was, its visual component is nothing compared to what technology artist Daito Manabe has accomplished for Nosaj Thing's 'Eclipse/Blue.'

With support from The Creators Project, and collaborating with Perfume choreographer MIKIKO, Manabe created a dynamic virtual environment to serve as the backdrop for two dancers whose movements across the stage are amplified by the graphics behind them, making each action feel larger and more emotive."

(The Creators Project)

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abstractionalgorithmic art • artist and producer • Blonde Redhead • choreography • collaborators • computational aesthetics • Daito Manabe • dance performancedesign formalism • Eclipse/Blue • electronic musicgenerative design • Home (album) • J-PopJapanese • Kazu Makino • MIKIKO • minimalist electronicamusic video • Nosaj Thing • pattern • Perfume (band) • Point Grey (camera) • programmed stage show • projection artprojection mappingprojection worksreactive graphicsshadow puppet • Takcom (artist) • The Creators Project • visual abstractionvisual spectaclevisualisation

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Simon Perkins
08 MAY 2012

Transitional Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

"2011年2月22日に発生したM6.3のカンタベリー地震は、街のシンボル的存在であったクライストチャーチ大聖堂にも深刻な被害をもたらした。これを受け、新たな仮設のカテドラルを設計することとなった。

現地で調達可能な紙管とコンテナーを用いて三角形の断面を形成する。オリジナルの大聖堂の平面と立面のジオメトリーを受け継ぎ、同じ長さの紙管の角度を徐々に変化させている。700人収容可能で、教会としての機能の他に、多くのイベントやコンサートとしての使用も視野に入れている。

2011年7月31日に、同地にてプレス発表が行われた。2013年2月頃の完成を目指している。

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake (magnitude 6.3) inflicted crippling damage on the Christchurch Cathedral which was the symbol of city. In response to this situation, we were asked to design new temporary cathedral.

Paper tubes of the equal length and 20 ft containers form triangular shape. Since geometry is decided by plan and elevations of the original cathedral, there is a gradual change in each angle of paper tubes. This cathedral, which has a capacity of 700 people, can be used as an event space and a concert space.

There was a media conference in Christchurch on 31st of July, 2011. We aim to open cardboard cathedral in February, 2013."

(Shigeru Ban Architects)

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Simon Perkins
07 SEPTEMBER 2011

The Art of Tatebanko

"河出書房新社さんから「そのまま立版古」という本が出版されました。 広重、北斎の名作浮世絵を元素材に、5作品が立版古になったものを作って楽しめるキット本となっています。 またキット部分以外でも簡単な「立版古の説明」などの情報もあります。出来上がりは丁度手のひらに乗るくらいのコンパクトな感じに仕上がります。"

Fig.1 Hokusai (circa 1830). "The Great Wave off Kanagawa (北斎 / 神奈川沖浪裏), woodblock print

Fig.2 Daniel Rua (February 2010)

[Hokusai's Great Wave off Kanagawa uses layering much like that used in the traditional Japanese art form of Tatebanko.]

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Simon Perkins
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