Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

The Stink Spirit

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Japan has had to endure far more than its share of natural and human disasters and far too much of the lethal wreckage they bring with them—as if one disaster alone wouldn’t be too much. Watching the deeply horrifying tsunami footage, I kept remembering images from Hiyao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away in which characters repeatedly face horrifying dark tides of filthy detritus that overwhelm everything in their path.

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Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.

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Furoshiki – Wrap holiday presents in the green, Japanese style

Friday, December 18th, 2009

This is a Japanese tradition we desperately need to adopt in North America – re-using textiles to wrap presents. It’s an art form, but it’s worth learning because it dispenses with all the annoying and wasteful tape and paper and ribbon, it’s a fun skill to learn (for kids too), and it’s an educational conversation piece – you might have to explain to the recipient what it is, but that’s probably worthwhile.

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ouno

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The word “ouno” is Japanese, which is partly why I chose it (that, and the fact that it’s an ambigram – see upcoming post). Before I ruined the Google Image search for “ouno” by clogging it with my own photos, these two images showed up, both from Japan. I can find out nothing about the temple above and am hoping someone familiar with temples can identify it.

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Karikomi – Japanese topiary on ii-ne-kore

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Karikomi – Japanese abstract topiary – from the ever-interesting ii-ne-kore blog out of Australia by way of Japan. “ii ne kore is a shorthand version of kore wa ii desu ne, an expression of appreciation or delight in japanese.” That is how I feel when I look at these.

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Arthur Erickson & Japan – Journeys to the East

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

If you’re in Vancouver and are interested in Arthur Erickson’s ties with Japan (and by extension Japan’s influence on west coast modernism), it’s worth ordering tickets for this event now. It will sell out. It’s not cheap, but there’s a good deal for students. The event is co-presented by Coast Modern, the upcoming film about modern architecture on the west coast from Vancouver to LA, by filmmakers Gavin Froome and Michael Bernard.

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