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Past Tokyo Event: VOL 92

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A Modernist in Kawaiiville

BY CRAIG YAMASHITA: EUREKA! STUDIO
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

The cute -- kawaii -- culture that was perfected in Japan has now proliferated on a global scale. Why? This modernist graphic designer laments the reasons. (in English)
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PLAY-DECO

BY TAKASHI TSUNODA
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

Takashi Tsunoda (of Twelvetone) speaks on his wonderful paper toys, and how he creates them with the intention of inspiring children to customize and create their own figures. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

"Presentation of the Day" on August 21, 2013.

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Understanding Dubai

BY AHMED AND RASHID BIN SHABIB
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

Although they joke that it's a city made up of "buildings and fountains," there is in fact a lot more to Dubai than just those two things, and in this presentation by Ahmed and Rashid Bin Shabib, you'll see an amazing city in rapid development. Ahmed and Rashid are also behind Brownbook magazine.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 25, 2013.

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Salaryman Project

BY BRUNO QUINQUET
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

In October 2006, as he was taking photos of nature in the forest near Kawaguchiko, a salaryman with a suitcase appeared on the track. Ever since that day, Bruno Quinquet has tried to investigate the mysteries of office work in Japan through photography. He has exhibited this series in Japan and abroad. In 2012, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the production of the "Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2013."

"Presentation of the Day" on March 4, 2013.

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Japanese Modern Art

BY KENICHI ASANO
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

Kenichi Asano is a sculptor, but not in the traditional sense, even though his very modern-looking works are all produced using traditional Japanese construction techniques. The presentation is in Japanese, but the visuals really do all the talking. (in Japanese)

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Go! Figure!

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

Don Kratzer updates us on his five year mission that kicked off while attending the San Diego Comic Con back in 2007, and then lead to some terrific toy/figure collaborations with a host of creators.

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Marking the City

BY NICK BRUSCIA
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

An impromptu and ad-libbed Tokyo fiction deriving meaning from a mundane observation -- street annotations and mysterious tags, both written and physically placed. It is imagined that these tags embed another layer of information into the city by casting invisible perimeters within which encoded experiences are left behind and felt by others through ubiquitous mobile / augmented-reality devices. Tokyo is remapped through visual and physical sensations that overlap, fade away, and are activated by the weather or proximity, and offer an ephemerality akin to Tokyo's ever changing urban fabric. (in English)

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Rebuilding a Village in Tohoku

BY DAISUKE SUGAWARA AND MASAYUKI HARADA
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

In this presentation, architects Daisuke Sugawara and Masayuki Harada describe a reconstruction project they've been working on, to help rebuild in the Tohoku region. As you'll see, they've been trying to rebuild villages, to keep the community together. (in Japanese)

Don Kratzer
Guerrilla Semiotician, Fig-lab || 国際フィギュア研究所 in Tokyo
Kenichi Asano
Sculptor in Aichi

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