Last weekend was the 30th Asakusa Samba Carnival. Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside Japan and Brazilians make up the third highest percentage of foreigners here... stinking hot, and everyone got into it.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
To try and deal with the Urban Heat Island Effect that turns Tokyo into a concrete jungle sweatbox every summer, the government have a campaign called Uchimizu that encourages people to sprinkle water on pavements and roads outside their shops and homes between July 23 and Aug 23.
They reckon the temperature can drop by 2ºC if everyone does this. They encourage you to re-use bathwater or rainwater but not sure how practical that is for shops.
It’s apparently caught on in
and France but I can’t see Sweden swapping the hose pipe bans for a communal Sprinkle day any time soon. Sydney
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
Last week, the Base Gallery in Kayabacho was home to Hong Hao’s “Things”.
Rather than get all this stuff together and take one overhead shot, he scans each everyday object individually and collates them into two-metre wide and one-metre high images.
A couple more lower-res jobbers.
Wish I’d kept all the crazy flyers I’ve seen over the years, could spend hours putting them together.
Monday, 9 August 2010
Don Quijote are a discount chain-store in Japan that are a mix of Target, Coles, Liquorland, Prouds, Bunnings and Ann Summers.
They're like a one-stop Warringah Mall.
Depending what you're after, they've got everything you want...
Five years ago they built this half-pipe roller coaster on top of the 8-story Roppongi store but after complaints from neighbouring residents about noise, it's never been used.
You can see it in here somewhere.
Monday, 2 August 2010
Cracking night out at the Crawdaddy Club in Kabukicho last Saturday. It was like being back in the Knights Arms in Porthcawl listening to Rory Gallagher’s Calling Card on the jukebox… except this time I wasn’t an under-age kid about to get thrown out by the resident enforcer, landlord and all-round nutter, Ken.
Click here to see him doing Tattoo'd Lady in Yotsuya’s Outbreak last January.
He did tell me what the O.E. meant, but I forgot. How’s that for investigative reporting!