As many long-time followers know, a colleague and I have been working on a digital archive related to 江戸独楽 (Edo goma), or Edo-style spinning tops. Hand-crafted tops are thought to have a history in Japan dating back to at least the … Continue reading
In this week’s Fun Link, relax by looking at the intricate laminated glass sculptures of Ikuta Niyoko. I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 … Continue reading
Last week we featured a Fun Link Friday of Suntory Whisky’s advertising through manufacturing high-tech 3-D ice cubes of fantastic things like the Golden Pavilion or Godzilla, but sometimes you need to appreciate the low-tech options, too. :) At the … Continue reading
As we start printing food, internal organs, and other serious items with great technological promise and implications for the future, let’s not forget that it’s the little things that count, like having a frozen ice cube shaped like Godzilla in your whiskey. TBWA\Hakuhodo … Continue reading
Have the sakura bloomed where you are yet? Whether you’re still waiting on them or they’ve come and gone, check out this retrospective from The Wall Street Journal of cherry blossom and hanami photos from 1955 on.
While many people might think of a broken bowl or cracked ceramic pieces as beyond repair and having lost their beauty as perfect objects, other see opportunity for a different kind of aesthetic. Colossal featured an article last year on kintsugi 金継ぎ, or “gold joinery,” which … Continue reading
Here’s a positive story about reconstruction in Soma to end our week. Four years ago a devastating earthquake and tsunami destroyed 250,000 homes in the Tohoku region of Japan. In the wake of the tragedy, architect Toyo Ito established Home-for-All, … Continue reading