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06.22.15 Liam Mathews

The cronut, baker Dominique Ansel’s croissant-donut hybrid, was the biggest story in New York food in 2013. The craze here has since died down, but there are still long early morning lines at the new Dominique Ansel Bakery in Tokyo, which opened June 20. A reporter for Rocketnews24, an English-language Japanese news site, went to […]

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05.08.15 Liam Mathews

CityLab reports on a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that finds that New York is the world’s most resource-greedy city with a metropolitan area of more than 10 million people. The study, led by the University of Toronto’s Christopher Kennedy, looked at how 27 “megacities” consume resources and generate […]

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03.13.15 Liam Mathews

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a movie about obsession, isolation, and the extent to which people will go to escape reality. The drama follows Kumiko, masterfully played by Academy Award-nominee Rinko Kikuchi, as she travels from her dreary, lonesome life in Tokyo to Minnesota in search of a briefcase full of money that Steve Buscemi’s […]

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01.15.14 Andy Cush

The team at Animal Bikes — the similarly-named-but-otherwise-unrelated-to-ANIMALNewYork.com BMX company — went to Japan last year, and is dropping a new video next week. They released this six-minute promo today, featuring some ridiculous footage of the team shredding in Tokyo. Look out for Tyrone Williams, star of our Citi Bike BMX video, at around 1:45. […]

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06.24.13 Julia Dawidowicz

If you enjoy kaleidoscopes, world travel, tinky ambient music, or the olde 1999 hit PC game RollerCoaster Tycoon, then you will love this hyperlapse video. Filmmaker darwinfish105 created this visual wild ride by shooting from the back of Tokyo’s Yurikamome transit system and then altering it with a bunch of crazy mirror and vertical flip effects […]

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03.01.13 Eugene Reznik

Maybe you saw those ‘aerial’ photos last week of Hong Kong’s cramped apartments where “square-footage count routinely dips into double digits”? Today, the Daily News has dug up photos of similar housing over in Tokyo where “communal” spaces make Bloomberg’s micro-apartments look like mansions. This morgue-like housing kind of brings a whole new meaning to […]

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08.11.11 Marina Galperina

French street artist Zevs melts your Louie, your Levis, your McD and your hammer and sickle. The focus of his first solo show in Tokyo explores the brands’ power to bombard you with desire from billboards, screens and public spaces. It’s not about attacking consumerism, but it does leave consumerist iconography bleeding with red dribbles […]

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12.10.10 Marina Galperina

In a his new series Tokyo Compression, photographer Michael Wolf captures faces packed behind a precipitating metro-windows, canned together in commute like jarred people preserves, smearing their sleeping faces on sweaty glass. Some are smooshed. Some glow like foggy icons. Like this one – isn’t she just a Madonna of Perpetual Work Ethic? […]

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08.19.10 Bucky Turco

The same person who shot that stunning time-lapse footage of a giant Gundman statue, gave the same sort of cinematic treatment to a Hello Kitty light show off of Tokyo’s Odaiba Beach, creating this kinetic masterpiece. The display was part of a tree planting campaign. |Pink Tentacle| […]

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02.26.10 Bucky Turco

In Tokyo, cab companies have their own unique roof signs to identify them and photographer Alexander James has been documenting the various iterations for his ‘Taxi’ series. Check out the full collection on Distil Ennui Studio’s website. […]

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