Sweltering in matsuri mayhem

May 15, 2007

Sweltering in matsuri mayhem

As the temperature rises and languid, lazy days melt into humid nights, Japan shifts gear, readying itself for the plethora of local matsuri ceremonies that blossom across the nation in the months ahead. Matsuri, or festivals, are provincial gatherings usually held on Shinto or ...

Magnum's 60 years of Tokyo

Mar 29, 2007

Magnum's 60 years of Tokyo

Known for its independent stance on photography, the agency Magnum Photos has been home to some of the world’s most prominent photojournalists, starting with its legendary founders, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier Bresson, David Seymour and George Rodger. Since its start in 1947, the agency’s ...

Mar 2, 2007

DJ Kentaro "Enter"

DJ Kentaro is best known for his furious cut ‘n’ scratch performances that won him the coveted DMC World Championship title in 2002 with a perfect score. Kentaro’s mixing forte has always been his ability to span genres with seamless dexterity, and its this ...

Afrirampo

Jan 12, 2007

Afrirampo

‘We get our influences from food — cucumbers, carrots and spring onions and rosemary.” If Afrirampo’s supposed musical inspiration seems a bit bland, their tracks certainly are not. On Jan. 14, the duo plays the final day of the three-day Enban Jamboree 6, held ...

Plentitudes to show

Dec 14, 2006

Plentitudes to show

‘The thing that has been consistently with me is the notion of creating something today that didn’t exist yesterday; to make things for me is a kind of curiosity,” says the prolific 55-year-old artist Shinro Ohtake. This unassuming inquisitiveness, as well as his obsession ...

'Letters First'

Oct 19, 2006

"Letters First"

Space Edge October 20 & 21 Presented by street crew Seventh Letter and the Australian street label, Royal Elastics, Letters First (www.tkicorp.jp/lettersfirst/) presents the work of 43 graffiti artists. Taking place at Space Edge (Shibuya, 3-26-17, Nomura Building, 1F; free), each artist submitted a ...

Artist as inventor

Jul 20, 2006

Artist as inventor

You, like many, might be satisfied with just dreaming of flying. But for inventor/artist Kazuhiko Hachiya, such an idea is hardly in the realm of fantasy — he thinks that if people want to fly, he should find a way of making it possible. ...

Eye looks to tranquillity after his contrived chaos

Jun 9, 2006

Eye looks to tranquillity after his contrived chaos

“I don’t really think I have any musicianship. I can’t play any instruments. I have no technique. I really can’t do anything. I have no professional skill at all. I’m also a crap DJ. I’m really not very deft! Really I’m crap . . ...

A mechanical evolution

Apr 13, 2006

A mechanical evolution

The Mori Art Musem is currently hosting an exhibition of previously unidentified life forms. These newly evolved creatures were found recently in urban areas, structurally resemble flowers, fish and insects, and have a complex inorganic, electromagnetic make-up. Or so South Korean sculptor Choe U-Ram ...

Turntable takedown

Apr 7, 2006

Turntable takedown

In junior high, when Kentaro Okamoto first encountered DJing on a televised DJ battle, he could never have suspected that he would end up winning the 2002 DMC World Final Championship for his talent on the turntables, or spinning alongside hip-hop royalty like The ...