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.”

Moving portraiture by Julian Opie

“…the subject stands as regal and motionless as a Rembrandt or Rubens. But then she blinks.”

Moving portraiture by Julian Opie

“…the subject stands as regal and motionless as a Rembrandt or Rubens. But then she blinks.”

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.”

Japanese agency projects their message well

“One of the most interesting and innovative new features in the digital camera market is the built-in projector.”

Japanese agency projects their message well

“One of the most interesting and innovative new features in the digital camera market is the built-in projector.”

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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Nawa Kohei: From the outside in

“…the view through each glass bead changes in relation to the others, further obscuring what lies beneath the crystalline casing.”

Nawa Kohei: From the outside in

“…the view through each glass bead changes in relation to the others, further obscuring what lies beneath the crystalline casing.”

Google Japan explains Street View adorably

“… they knew they would run into cultural and privacy issues in every country it was introduced. But the level of resistance in Japan seems to have caught them completely off guard. “

Google Japan explains Street View adorably

“… they knew they would run into cultural and privacy issues in every country it was introduced. But the level of resistance in Japan seems to have caught them completely off guard. “

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’…”

New strapless facemask may ruffle a few feathers

“…the sale and styles of surgical masks continue to proliferate and diversify.”

New strapless facemask may ruffle a few feathers

“…the sale and styles of surgical masks continue to proliferate and diversify.”

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.”

Privacy you can dance to

“The dance floor is only 2 sq. meters and about the size of a walk-in closet, but it has a doorman, manager cloakroom, smoke machine and dedicated DJ. “

Privacy you can dance to

“The dance floor is only 2 sq. meters and about the size of a walk-in closet, but it has a doorman, manager cloakroom, smoke machine and dedicated DJ. “

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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‘Ichiro Endo: Ultra Art Exhibition’

“Punk music screeched out tinny speakers as Endo dipped his hands in buckets of black paint. ‘Ikitanda oretachiwa!’ (“We are living right now!”) he wailed, punching a canvas.”

‘Ichiro Endo: Ultra Art Exhibition’

“Punk music screeched out tinny speakers as Endo dipped his hands in buckets of black paint. ‘Ikitanda oretachiwa!’ (“We are living right now!”) he wailed, punching a canvas.”

Interview: Grandmaster Flash

“The Japan Times says you don’t know who I am,” he bellowed to the crowd, “So let’s tell them: WHO AM I?”

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Interview: Grandmaster Flash

“The Japan Times says you don’t know who I am,” he bellowed to the crowd, “So let’s tell them: WHO AM I?”

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Hideaki Kawashima: Wavering

“Kawashima’s paintings are meant to stare back at you, each gaze so potent that stray locks of hair disappear in its path.”

Hideaki Kawashima: Wavering

“Kawashima’s paintings are meant to stare back at you, each gaze so potent that stray locks of hair disappear in its path.”

Hideki Kuwajima: Vertical / Horizontal

“Complexity mirrored against itself can reign in chaos in ways that makes the discordant divine. “

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Hideki Kuwajima: Vertical / Horizontal

“Complexity mirrored against itself can reign in chaos in ways that makes the discordant divine. “

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Art Review: “Bob Richardson” and “Terry Richardson”

“…a new understanding of the phrase ‘wasted talent’….”

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Art Review: “Bob Richardson” and “Terry Richardson”

“…a new understanding of the phrase ‘wasted talent’….”

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Dance Preview: ‘Grupo Corpo: Onqoto & Parabelo’

“Sharp vaults lead to a swaggering gait and back, leaving audiences agape at the dichotomy.”

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Dance Preview: ‘Grupo Corpo: Onqoto & Parabelo’

“Sharp vaults lead to a swaggering gait and back, leaving audiences agape at the dichotomy.”

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Art Fair Tokyo & 101TOKYO: The making of a market center

“We sold our works, we made lots of connections. What more could you want?”

Art Fair Tokyo & 101TOKYO: The making of a market center

“We sold our works, we made lots of connections. What more could you want?”

Art Review: The Kiyosumi Gallery Complex

“…wheels are being greased as we speak.”

Art Review: The Kiyosumi Gallery Complex

“…wheels are being greased as we speak.”

Pursuing the flavor of the American South

“…the components of what makes up a proper barbecue can cause feuds even among close friends.”

Pursuing the flavor of the American South

“…the components of what makes up a proper barbecue can cause feuds even among close friends.”

“Wako Works of Art: 15 Years/Part III”

“While the two men use photography to relay hidden truths, Fiona Tan seeks the profound in ordinary snapshots. “

“Wako Works of Art: 15 Years/Part III”

“While the two men use photography to relay hidden truths, Fiona Tan seeks the profound in ordinary snapshots. “

The art of the party at Fuji Rock

“…sculpture doubles as furniture and the fashion leans toward leather, feathers and fedoras”

The art of the party at Fuji Rock

“…sculpture doubles as furniture and the fashion leans toward leather, feathers and fedoras”

Interview: Masa Hidaka

“Joe [Strummer] called and said: ‘Masa, I’m coming. Is there anything you want me to bring?’ And I said: ‘Bring wood.'”

Interview: Masa Hidaka

“Joe [Strummer] called and said: ‘Masa, I’m coming. Is there anything you want me to bring?’ And I said: ‘Bring wood.'”

Interview: Deerhoof

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.”

Interview: Deerhoof

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.”

Interview: M.I.A.

“I have to learn how to make gasoline out of coconut oil…”

Interview: M.I.A.

“I have to learn how to make gasoline out of coconut oil…”

Interview: The Go! Team

“…I did want it to sound action-packed…”

Interview: The Go! Team

“…I did want it to sound action-packed…”

Art Brut: “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”

“Argos simply raises his voice, rambling with the articulate, impulse-driven zeal of someone who planned to use cue cards but decided to wing it.”

Art Brut: “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”

“Argos simply raises his voice, rambling with the articulate, impulse-driven zeal of someone who planned to use cue cards but decided to wing it.”

Interview: Yo La Tengo

“The tone of the questions really freaked me out. They were all in past tense. I felt like I was already dead.”

Interview: Yo La Tengo

“The tone of the questions really freaked me out. They were all in past tense. I felt like I was already dead.”

Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars

“It’s like you’re making a painting and someone comes along and throws a blue splotch in the corner and you’re like, ‘Why the f**k did you put that blue splotch there?’…”

Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars

“It’s like you’re making a painting and someone comes along and throws a blue splotch in the corner and you’re like, ‘Why the f**k did you put that blue splotch there?’…”

Out Hud: “Let us Never Speak of it Again”

“…her child-like voice hovering above the din like a feather over a circular saw. “

Out Hud: “Let us Never Speak of it Again”

“…her child-like voice hovering above the din like a feather over a circular saw. “

Live Music Preview: LCD Sound System

“…like a drum machine fighting off a mosh pit with a shovel…”

Live Music Preview: LCD Sound System

“…like a drum machine fighting off a mosh pit with a shovel…”

Interview: Scissor Sisters

“We didn’t grow up in the days of rock ‘n’ roll vs. disco and we don’t really care.”

Interview: Scissor Sisters

“We didn’t grow up in the days of rock ‘n’ roll vs. disco and we don’t really care.”

Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979

“…sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door”

Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979

“…sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door”