Shedding new light on architecture and art

Oct 13, 2011

Shedding new light on architecture and art

The floor is made of white concrete, but it hugs the contours of the ground so closely that it could be satin cloth. And the roof, apparently anchored to the ground only by a curtain of glass at its perimeter, appears to float in ...

Burger pros to expand their culinary scope

Oct 7, 2011

Burger pros to expand their culinary scope

So you’ve eaten Big Macs and Quarter Pounders for years, and you’ve even acquired a taste for the burgers Freshness and Mos. But answer this, would-be hamburger expert: Have you ever tried a Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger from Hokkaido? Or a Beef Stock Ramen ...

Average Joes become champions on 'Sasuke'

| Sep 30, 2011

Average Joes become champions on 'Sasuke'

“Pole dancer! Pole dancer!! Pole dancer!!!” From the bellowing announcement thumping through the speakers, you might think we’re in a night club. We’re not. But, without doubt, the location is just as fabled as many nocturnal haunts, and the atmosphere is just as electric. ...

Chim↑Pom and the art of social engagement

Sep 29, 2011

Chim↑Pom and the art of social engagement

Most commercial art galleries in Tokyo — or anywhere in the world, for that matter — would be happy to get 100 visitors through the door in a day. Artist collective Chim↑Pom’s most recent exhibition, “Real Times,” which was held over six days in ...

Top architects lend their expertise to rebuilding

Sep 25, 2011

Top architects lend their expertise to rebuilding

The involvement of architects in redeveloping the many towns and cities affected by March 11′s Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami is not as common as might be expected. Rather, local governments are primarily partnering for such work with civil engineering firms. ...

Students' skills help to forge a new Tohoku

Sep 25, 2011

Students' skills help to forge a new Tohoku

In late July, when the students of Osaka Institute of Technology’s Department of Architecture first arrived at the tiny port of Oharahama, an air of negativity hung over the conversation of the locals. “They were full of questions: Why did this have to happen ...

Fukuoka fast becoming Asia film hub

Sep 9, 2011

Fukuoka fast becoming Asia film hub

During a speech to mark his receipt of The Japan Foundation Award for Arts and Culture late last year, there was one point that the widely respected film critic Tadao Sato was especially keen to convey to his Tokyo audience. “The city of Fukuoka ...