Students seeking to pass the rigid entrance exams of top universities in Tokyo and Osaka now take studying to the next– and better– level, thanks to Dojuku, an online “cram school”.
Have you seen Lady Gaga strut around in her infamous “heels without heels”? I wonder how she’s able to walk in them!
When asked about her occupation, Marie Kondo calls herself a “tidy-things-up consultant”. You may raise your eyebrows and ask, “So…what exactly does she do?” Read More
She calls her blog Yowa Yowa Camera Woman Diary– which literally translates to ” a feeble woman’s camera diary”. The online journal features Natsumi Hayashi’s self-portraits as she looks serenely trapped in a moment, “levitating” across city streets, an open field, a train station, a telephone booth, among many other quirky locations. I think the impact she has made through this series of photos would be anything but weak.
If is often said that when something new meets something old, something unique happens. But Nude Jewelry also proves that when you combine two different old things, we get something really unique too.
During my train of thought from part 1, I had an idea: defining what design is, is also like peeling an onion. Let’s pretend we see an onion for the first time! While trying to to find the core of the onion, we peel off the layers, but eventually the onion is gone. However, we know what the onion is by its layers, and the totality of those layers. Read More
Yes, yes, I know — I am supposed to hunt down the designs that the youth in Tokyo dig! But let me ask a basic question, “What is design?” Yes, it’s all around us and we are all familiar with it, yet this question does not seem so easy to answer. Indeed, the question invites profound thinking. The fundamental essence of what “design” is should be universal beyond age or generation, so I think I am going to start here. Read More
English learning has been one of the most popular interests among Japanese people. There are plenty of English schools, chat-cafes, and digital learning kits, so it wasn’t surprising to see the launch and rapid growth of an English-learning based SNS, Smart.fm.
It’s been mentioned here and there, and it’s even been featured in news programs. Oh, yes, the rise of a new generation, “herbivorous men”! They are less interested in money and sex, but more keen on personal pleasures and conform. And to give them a little credit, they are likely to appear more eco-conscious.
Poup’e Girl, a fashion community site developed by Poup’e Girl, Inc. of Cyber Agent Groups, is extremely popular among young girls not only in Japan, but also in other countries. Approximately 80% of the users are females in their 10’s or 20’s, and about 22% are from outside of the country, despite the fact that the service is offered mainly in Japanese. Read More