A giant game of telephone in the sky
--For most of November in Yamaguchi, Japan, messages sent will be translated to japanese and back, and encoded as a unique set of flashes and redirected into the sky ove the city, flashing there until the recipient of the message retrieves it, transforming the skyline with data as light
--created by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Meanwhile, at the same time on the other side of the world, there's Poetrica,
on Sao Paulo, Brazil, advertising billboards.
--messages that also can't be read in public in their current form. You write something and convert it into a non-phonetic font. The visual messages are archived on the web site and you get an email when your message is displayed on one of the billboards--created by Giselle Beiguelman
posted by amberglow
on Nov 1, 2003 -
Tea. More than a beverage served hot or cold, for some it is a way of life. The British are renowned for their love of tea, so it comes as no surprise that The Tea Home Page
is a vast compendium of tea knowledge, games, quizzes and leaf reading
. Not so trite is the Japanese tea ceremony
. This site is beautiful in its calm approach to not only tea, but the digital world itself. Be sure to read A Brief History of Chanoyu
. You've heard of green and black teas, but what about white tea
? Lastly, I introduce you to Yogi Tea
, a company that is more than a tea seller. Do yourself a favour and have a cup today.
posted by ashbury
on Oct 1, 2003 -
: "This site is non-profit, based in England, and maintained as a shrine and resource dedicated to the late director."
posted by hama7
on Sep 3, 2003 -
An eighteenth-century scroll illustrating the first sixteen chapters of Lady Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji
. (In Japanese
, anyone? Don't forget to take the photographic tour
.) A couple of images from an important twelfth-century scroll are here
. UNESCO hosts a full set of seventeenth-century woodblock prints by Harumasa Yamamoto
. For the nineteenth century, see a set of color sixteen woodblock prints by Kunisada
; and for the twentieth, Shuseki's
illustrations of the first eleven chapters. (Those in search of some artistic context should revisit this post
posted by thomas j wise
on Aug 26, 2003 -
I am STUNNED
by this story, highlighting recent comments by a former Japanese cabinet member. In a discussion about the declining number of children in Japan, Seiichi Ota of the Liberal Democratic Party said that gang-rape
is a sign of virility, and that its perpetrators are "close to normal."
posted by hammurderer
on Jun 26, 2003 -
Death in the snow - a body is found in the frozen North Dakota woods. The cops say the dead Japanese woman was looking for the $1m she saw buried in the film Fargo. But the story didn't end there
An interesting read via Follow Me Here
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 12, 2003 -
All the economy needs is love.
"Japan is suffering from deflation and I think there are a lot of people who want to be helped," said one businessman, who had already been hugged twice. Excuse me, fuller has to go camp out in the Sailor Mercury hug line now.
posted by jfuller
on Jun 4, 2003 -
staff at a japanese medical system support company demonstrate the company's 'isolation stretcher': "The highly protective stretcher, which costs 5.2 million yen (a half million dollars?), has been in demand since the spread of SARS" ...a 'bed' you wouldn't want to wake up in.
posted by n o i s e s
on May 30, 2003 -
How To Bow
- learn Japanese etiquette for business and social situations in this quirky flash animation that offers practical tips on how to behave as a guest, how to avoid embarrassing dining gaffes, how to conduct a successful business meeting and what to expect in a public bathroom. Don't "drop a brick" - learn to avoid common mistakes!
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 25, 2003 -
Gods of Japan.
A photo-dictionary. 'This photo library and dictionary is a labor of love. After moving to
Kamakura in 1993, I became intrigued by the many deities and faces of Buddhism and Shintoism.
There are over 650 photos in this library ... '
Related :- Quirky Japan.
This site is
just fabulous. 'Are you tired of shrines and temples, reconstructed ferro-concrete castles
and tea ceremonies? Do you like to get off the beaten track? Would you like to meet
Japanese people who do not meet the conformist stereotype? Japan, behind the conservative
grey suits and formal bows, is a country quirkier than you can ever imagine. The Quirky
Japan Homepage provides information about oddities such as the The Meguro Parasitalogical
Museum, the Thousand Person Bathtub, Love Hotels, temple lodging, and the Yakiimo man (the
ice cream man's evil twin). '
Related interest :- Lost
Here's an interesting
interview with the author, Alex Kerr; and here's a piece about his wonderful house.
posted by plep
on Apr 23, 2003 -
'In Japan, womens fashion, like makeup, continues to
evolve, reflecting the moods and mores of the times.
The following photographs of women provide tantalizing
glimpses into some of the radical changes that have
marked the past century. '
Related interest :- An American Visit to Japan, 1923.
posted by plep
on Apr 18, 2003 -
. "I won support from voters with this face, and to take it off would be breaking promises." We can't let this stand. If we don't do anything wackier next election year I'm moving
posted by wobh
on Apr 15, 2003 -
of very beautiful Old Japanese Maps
has been put online. Java application Insight(tm) required to view and includes a nifty GIS application to overlay old maps on current maps with 3-D animated fly-throughs. State of the art in online map presentation "The digital images are even better than the originals because you can amplify them, rotate them to look at them from different angles," Mr. Zhou said. "In practical terms, this is a better way of using the material than actually coming here to see the pieces."
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 13, 2003 -
Naikan: A Practice of Gratitude, Self-Reflection, and Attention.
The "concept" of self-reflection is one which is endorsed by nearly everyone - religious leaders, therapists, politicians, scientists, etc... Most people would say that self- reflection is a "good idea" just as most people support the good ideas of "love", "peace", "justice" and "healthy living."
How do you actually reflect on yourself?
What is the method for examining one's life?
posted by ColdChef
on Apr 4, 2003 -
In retrospect I have seen a glimpse of it before, in Baraka
to images, in the middle of the second row). I had forgotten this. I had
read about it before too and smugly thought I knew about it then. When
I saw it live for the first time I realized I didn't know anything at
all about it. And now that I've seen it, now that it feels like I know
it, it still feels like I don't know anything about it.
Unfortunately there's only so much that can be said about anything. You
have to experience it, and even then it has to touch you or resonate
with you in some way before it really means anything to you. All I can
say is that I saw something last weekend that touched me and resonated
very strongly with me. And
that I or
you what that was,
give you what was given to me.
posted by wobh
on Apr 4, 2003 -
"There is making of silver sex
Taking bodypainting/messy obsessions to the very edge
, Manon Production from Japan sells a wide selection
of fetish videos
(sample mpeg 1.69MB).
All feature illustrative pictures and detailed, eerie Engrish descriptions ("we feel admirable and poor at her black smile"
; "Midori's body is changing colourfull"
; "a little golden powder enters into her eyes"
). Results can also evoke a sculpture
, the theater
or abstract art
. Considering the evident misogyny of the whole effort, is it all the more unsettling because the images are sometimes beautiful
)? Is it an attempt to somehow bring Sorayama's creatures
to life? Could the models be actually enjoying
NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
posted by 111
on Mar 16, 2003 -
Hints of a secret city beneath Tokyo
Japanese foreign correspondent Shun Akiba says that after examining various maps of Tokyo, and finding large inconsistences, he has found evidence of a huge network of tunnels beneath the city of Tokyo. A large underground city beneath an aboveground one is not unheard of, as Beijing has this one,
but the odd part is, (assuming this story is true,) is that Shun says there has been a coverup and a "...conspiracy to silence [me]," with officials being "...defensive and noncooperative..."
posted by Snyder
on Mar 4, 2003 -
"It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the Website of the Kyoto National Museum.
We hope this site will open up the fascinating world of East Asian art to a broader audience than ever before possible." 
posted by hama7
on Feb 26, 2003 -
Heart surgery in our family has triggered something of a crisis of fitness with everyone vowing to loose weight. Ironically its the runner in the family that has suggested the most sensible solution: buy a pedometer
and increase the number of steps per day you walk to 10,000. (Although some say to just increase.
) The idea supposedly started in Japan
. The idea is to add a bit of activity here and there (the first site recommends going to a restroom on a different floor) rather than trying to lump the 30 minutes per day all ot once. So far with a desk-potato lifestyle 3,000 is easy but adding the extra few miles every day will require some extra work. Less social than a Volksmarch
but compatable with a mall walk.
And definitely less hazardous than freestyle walking.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Feb 21, 2003 -