Aya Kondo : Rock 'n' roll with manners

Feb 9, 2006

Aya Kondo : Rock 'n' roll with manners

What can you say about Aya Kondo, a woodblock-print artist who has taken staid wafu — traditional Japanese style — and turned it into girly sass? In doing so, Kondo encapsulates everything we love about Japanese youth culture at its best: well-mannered rock ‘n’ ...

Completely useless objects

Dec 22, 2005

Completely useless objects

It’s 6 p.m., it’s the end of the work day at a busy Kanda office block. OLs have been furiously tapping away at their keyboards, and connections have been made in the meeting rooms. Power players in their suits have been clinching make-or-break, win-win ...

Tagging in Mito galleries

Oct 20, 2005

Tagging in Mito galleries

“Street culture” and graffiti came into Japan around the 1990s, primarily as a fashion trend that accompanied the spread of hip-hop music and skateboarding. Traditionally, of course, it has grittier associations with American slums and ghettoes, where it became, at its most politically conscious, ...