Archives for the month of: February, 2011

On August 24 last year, the anime world was jolted by the untimely death of one of its most creative talents, Satoshi Kon, 今 敏. When he succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the unreasonably early age of 46, Kon left behind a legacy comprising a small catalogue of animated films that are rated among the best of the genre. GIven his age, his greatest works were undoubtedly yet to be made; though fans will have one more opportunity to savor the creative talent of Kon as MADHOUSE studios is currently preparing to release his unfinished film, Yume-miru kikai – The Dream Machine, sometime this year.

All original images: millennium actress, perfect blue, paprika, yume-miru kikai : : copyright Madhouse Ltd

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Levi Strauss & Co is both the founder of and continuing inspiration for one of popular culture’s most iconic and enduring symbols. While jeans are worn by just about everyone, and designers continue to innovate fabrics, cuts and finishes, there are denim purists around the world whose view of denim is fixed on the classics. Levi Strauss Japan continues to both innovate and reinvent its classics with ranges such as the Engineered denim and Levi’s Lefty Jeans collections and these and others are found in Levi’s stores across the country. The denim purists however head straight to the company’s exclusive denim boutique in Aoyama, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing, for timeless designs and superior craftsmanship and materials presented in a perfectly matched environment.

All original images Levi’s® Vintage Clothing : : copyright Levi Strauss Japan KK

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The upmarket depato food halls have been chock-a-block with women the last couple of days as have grocery stores and specialty chocolatiers: In a novel variation of the Valentine’s Day gift giving custom, it’s the annual Japanese Valentine’s Day chocolate buying frenzy. Traditionally intended as gifts for the men in their lives, chocolates are also now given by women as gifts to their girlfriends. And when it comes to chocolate, Tokyo has some of the world’s finest chocolate establishments: We present some of them here.

Original images : : copyright Pierre Marcolini & Bvlgari

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Tokyo is a city teeming with bicycles and there’s no shortage of cool bike stores selling everything from European high performance bikes and accessories to retro minimalist fixed gear cycles and accessories with street cred. For the bike enthusiast and the lover of elegant design and engineering, this post presents a few places worth checking out: Aoyama Bike Forum, F.I.G bike, Nicole EuroCycle and Tokyo Bike.

All original images InterMax Quattro, Corsa, Sports Rays : : copyright Intermax Co Ltd

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Gallery Koyanagi in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza neighborhood is one of the city’s leading commercial art galleries, presenting high calibre innovative artworks and installations from contemporary local and international artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Noguchi Rika, Sophie Calle and, in an association that dates back to the gallery’s earliest years, Hiroshi Sugimoto, who is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographic artists.

Original photographic image: Aegean Sea, Pilion 1990 : : copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto

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