Category Archives: Trends

Pop goes the cash register

“Pop-up retail has been around for a while. Long enough, in fact, that scenesters like Kitsune now feel they need to differentiate themselves from the concept. “

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Pop goes the cash register

“Pop-up retail has been around for a while. Long enough, in fact, that scenesters like Kitsune now feel they need to differentiate themselves from the concept. “

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Augmented Reality taking it to another level

“The hype surrounding augmented reality (AR) technology is often dwarfed by coverage of 3D television, but that may change once both are put into practice on a broad scale. “

Augmented Reality taking it to another level

“The hype surrounding augmented reality (AR) technology is often dwarfed by coverage of 3D television, but that may change once both are put into practice on a broad scale. “

“Ryomaden” romanticizes (and monetizes) history

“…echoes of Japan’s feudal past continue to convince a large – and increasingly female – audience to open their wallets.”

“Ryomaden” romanticizes (and monetizes) history

“…echoes of Japan’s feudal past continue to convince a large – and increasingly female – audience to open their wallets.”

Trends in Japan 2009: celebrity drug busts

“From soldiers to pop stars, 2009 will be remembered as a year of disillusionment for many of the Japanese public regarding the “purity” of their heroes.”

Trends in Japan 2009: celebrity drug busts

“From soldiers to pop stars, 2009 will be remembered as a year of disillusionment for many of the Japanese public regarding the “purity” of their heroes.”

Up and running in Japan

“With Japan’s ‘running boom’ arguably at its peak, races around the country are filling up faster than ever…The market has been following closely. “

Up and running in Japan

“With Japan’s ‘running boom’ arguably at its peak, races around the country are filling up faster than ever…The market has been following closely. “

The Complaints Choir: Denounce to the Music

“. . . make an open invitation, and if no one wants to take part, then that’s a clear indication that this project is not needed”

The Complaints Choir: Denounce to the Music

“. . . make an open invitation, and if no one wants to take part, then that’s a clear indication that this project is not needed”

‘Prototype’ documents the birth of designers’ ideas

“…Each display has notes and sketches drawn directly onto the tables by the designers themselves, giving the viewer insight into their creative process.”

‘Prototype’ documents the birth of designers’ ideas

“…Each display has notes and sketches drawn directly onto the tables by the designers themselves, giving the viewer insight into their creative process.”

School uniforms remain a cultural conundrum

“Few items of clothing evoke such a spectrum of emotions (be careful when Googling it).”

School uniforms remain a cultural conundrum

“Few items of clothing evoke such a spectrum of emotions (be careful when Googling it).”

Japanese now a little less lost in translation

“One possible silver lining to today’s algorithmic inadequacies could be the reassurance that computers have not yet rendered humans redundant. “

Japanese now a little less lost in translation

“One possible silver lining to today’s algorithmic inadequacies could be the reassurance that computers have not yet rendered humans redundant. “

Manga publishers go back to the drawing board

“…manga are just in the process of adapting to the new landscape. “

Manga publishers go back to the drawing board

“…manga are just in the process of adapting to the new landscape. “

Japanese camera makers reassess size and simplicity

“…the digital camera market is either mind-bogglingly fascinating or mind-numbingly boring. “

Japanese camera makers reassess size and simplicity

“…the digital camera market is either mind-bogglingly fascinating or mind-numbingly boring. “

Cheap vino continues to flow in Japan

“… it seems the market for low-rent sommeliers will increase”

Cheap vino continues to flow in Japan

“… it seems the market for low-rent sommeliers will increase”

Who let the dog boom get out of control?

“…when pets are treated as fashion accessories, they can more easily be disposed of when trends change”

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Who let the dog boom get out of control?

“…when pets are treated as fashion accessories, they can more easily be disposed of when trends change”

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New faces down on the farm

“If agriculture has become entertainment, can we grow popcorn?”

New faces down on the farm

“If agriculture has become entertainment, can we grow popcorn?”

An artsy Octoberfest weekend in Tokyo

” Simply hop on and off the buses as they snake through Chuo-ku. “

An artsy Octoberfest weekend in Tokyo

” Simply hop on and off the buses as they snake through Chuo-ku. “

A mouthful of tech marketing

“No one is supposed to eat [the 7-patty whopper]. You’re supposed to forward links about it to all your friends. It’s genius.”

A mouthful of tech marketing

“No one is supposed to eat [the 7-patty whopper]. You’re supposed to forward links about it to all your friends. It’s genius.”

Bento packaged for the global spotlight

“…several well-known creative minds move beyond proletariat concerns to wax philosophic on the nature of bento and how they represent Japanese society.”

Bento packaged for the global spotlight

“…several well-known creative minds move beyond proletariat concerns to wax philosophic on the nature of bento and how they represent Japanese society.”

Twitter swoops into the Japanese market again

“…the ability to read the thoughts and updates of anyone in the world could be one of the game changers that everyone is seeking”

Twitter swoops into the Japanese market again

“…the ability to read the thoughts and updates of anyone in the world could be one of the game changers that everyone is seeking”

The fruits of sharing a love of art

“There are hundreds of art events every month in Tokyo. TAB made them much easier to discover, and now the the Art Tokyo app practically walks you to their doorstep.”

The fruits of sharing a love of art

“There are hundreds of art events every month in Tokyo. TAB made them much easier to discover, and now the the Art Tokyo app practically walks you to their doorstep.”

Tokyo venues thinking outside the box

“Each member of the audience is provided a champagne tasting and a pair of headphones.”

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Tokyo venues thinking outside the box

“Each member of the audience is provided a champagne tasting and a pair of headphones.”

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Japan’s Uniqlo bent on world domination, reasonably priced socks

“The founder and new ‘Maestro of Cool,’ Tadashi Yanai, is the richest man in Japan. What have they done so right?”

Japan’s Uniqlo bent on world domination, reasonably priced socks

“The founder and new ‘Maestro of Cool,’ Tadashi Yanai, is the richest man in Japan. What have they done so right?”

Japanese gamers buy up Google’s City Streets

“Roppongi and Waseda seeing more development than Nagatacho and Marunouchi, possibly an indication of the median age of those who play.”

Japanese gamers buy up Google’s City Streets

“Roppongi and Waseda seeing more development than Nagatacho and Marunouchi, possibly an indication of the median age of those who play.”

Japanese R&D brings 3D technology closer to home

“…much of the coming onslaught of multidimensional entertainment is emerging here in Japan, and far from the multiplex.”

Japanese R&D brings 3D technology closer to home

“…much of the coming onslaught of multidimensional entertainment is emerging here in Japan, and far from the multiplex.”

What’s in the cards for the future of sumo?

“The traditional Japanese sport has been simultaneously battling two nebulous forces: controversy and apathy. “

What’s in the cards for the future of sumo?

“The traditional Japanese sport has been simultaneously battling two nebulous forces: controversy and apathy. “

Haikyo: exploring abandoned Japan

“…there is something very Japanese about seeing these man-made objects returning to nature: trees growing in kitchens; vines swallowing roofs; storms washing away years of paint…”

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Haikyo: exploring abandoned Japan

“…there is something very Japanese about seeing these man-made objects returning to nature: trees growing in kitchens; vines swallowing roofs; storms washing away years of paint…”

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The pill still hard to swallow in Japan

“Of all industrialized nations, France has the highest number of pill advocates at 44%, with the U.K. at 26% and the United States at 18%. In Japan it stands at 3%. Why?”

The pill still hard to swallow in Japan

“Of all industrialized nations, France has the highest number of pill advocates at 44%, with the U.K. at 26% and the United States at 18%. In Japan it stands at 3%. Why?”

The feminine side of Gundam

“…return guests will be delighted to hear that entrance fees lower as one rises in ‘rank’ at the bar: from ¥1300 a drink as a ‘Private’ all the way down to ¥0 as an ‘Admiral’…”

The feminine side of Gundam

“…return guests will be delighted to hear that entrance fees lower as one rises in ‘rank’ at the bar: from ¥1300 a drink as a ‘Private’ all the way down to ¥0 as an ‘Admiral’…”

Electric bicycles take charge

“Ever tried pedaling yourself, two kids and three bags of groceries up a steep hill in late August? “

Electric bicycles take charge

“Ever tried pedaling yourself, two kids and three bags of groceries up a steep hill in late August? “

Everyone wants a piece of Peko-chan

“You know it’s a reliable source of income when the mob want a piece of the action.”

Everyone wants a piece of Peko-chan

“You know it’s a reliable source of income when the mob want a piece of the action.”

Art Fairs in Tokyo

“Tokyo can and should be the hub for the Asian market, and as the region bounces back economically, our fair city has been providing plenty of opportunities to peruse and purchase art.”

Art Fairs in Tokyo

“Tokyo can and should be the hub for the Asian market, and as the region bounces back economically, our fair city has been providing plenty of opportunities to peruse and purchase art.”

Latin lovers

“These bands frequently mix traditional musical elements with punk ethos or political predilections. Sometimes both.”

Latin lovers

“These bands frequently mix traditional musical elements with punk ethos or political predilections. Sometimes both.”

Say you’ll build it (and they will come)

“Architecture and contemporary art share more than a few similarities. But what has some gallerists’ attention is just how popular these exhibits really are.”

Say you’ll build it (and they will come)

“Architecture and contemporary art share more than a few similarities. But what has some gallerists’ attention is just how popular these exhibits really are.”

Fell in love with a Gypsy

“Imagine if the Clash gigged at a Jewish-Ukrainian mafia wedding in late 70′s Detroit …”

Fell in love with a Gypsy

“Imagine if the Clash gigged at a Jewish-Ukrainian mafia wedding in late 70′s Detroit …”

Recession wedding (bring your own champagne?)

“Was my friend’s stripped-down ceremony indicative of a movement spurred on by the recession, or was Japan’s “Marital Industrial Complex” unaffected by the economy?”

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Recession wedding (bring your own champagne?)

“Was my friend’s stripped-down ceremony indicative of a movement spurred on by the recession, or was Japan’s “Marital Industrial Complex” unaffected by the economy?”

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