Past Tokyo Event: VOL 110

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From Flaneur to Panneur

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

In the 19th century, flaneurs leisurely walked the arcades of their cities and saw what they could see. In the 20th century, from high-rise buildings voyeurs utilized cameras or binoculars to peer into the lives of others from afar. Architect and thinker Antoine Vaxelaire proposes that we, citizens of the new millennium, are panneurs or those who pan the surface of the earth (or in our case, the internet), never going too deep, for information. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 24, 2014.

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What is Sofubi?

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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The Sharpie Image

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Artist Jay Shogo has been working exclusively with Sharpie pens in his work since 2009. Here he speaks of his work on all shapes and sizes of canvases -- from hi-top shoes to full-scale murals to eyewear. (in Japanese)

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Take a Chance on ABBA

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Toshio Kokubo may very well be one of Japan's biggest ABBA fans -- his dream is to open a museum for the legendary music group. He goes into detail on how he fell for the group, a bit of their history and background, and shows off images from his trip to the ABBA museum in Stockholm, Sweden. (in Japanese)

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How I Get There: Nonsensical Comics about my Days in Japan

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Illustrator David Robert came to Japan to buy some special pens for his illustration work, and ended up staying permanently. The story that got him there, on the other hand, is a lot more complex than that. David speaks on the unique influence of Japanese, French, and American comic-book culture that has made him who he is today. 

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The Bonsai Warrior

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Bonsai master Masashi Hirao is on a mission to bring the sculpted beauty of green to the young generations of Japan and the world. He discusses the process by which he became a bonsai master, his craft, and his plans for the future of his art. (in Japanese)

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Delightfully Minimal

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Product designer Daisuke Kitagawa sheds some light on the process by which he goes about designing his simple, minimal, and functional products. His products often have more than one purpose, and can be playful when used in combination with other home appliances.

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SuperDeluxe in the Year of the Horse 2014

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The illustrious Ryu Konno speaks on the goings-on of SuperDeluxe in the month of January 2014, and shares a bit about his adventures as well. (in Japanese)

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Mt. Fuji Takes a Bath

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Shinobu Machida's beautiful landscape murals are truly a sight to see, and if you visit a public bath in Japan you just might see one of his works. Here Machida-san goes over the culture found in public baths, the interior scenery, and shows off a bit of his work. (in Japanese)

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A MONSTER of an Exhibition

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Miyuki Shoji tells us of a day not too long ago in the north-eastern Tohoku region of Japan, when a beast opened its gaping mouth and tore the landscape of the coastal region to pieces. She speaks of the charity exhibition, "MONSTER" which seeks to remind us of this day while raising funds for the recovery effort.  (in Japanese)

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Professional Puppets

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Toshifumi Matsumiya lived in Berlin for two years, where he attended several puppet shows. When he moved back to Japan he began working in puppetry, and joined the Foundation Modern Puppet Center, which promotes both traditional puppetry and modern puppet performances. Toshifumi showcases several unique puppet exhibits produced by the center, and shares the stories behind them. 

Don Kratzer
Guerrilla Semiotician, Fig-lab || 国際フィギュア研究所 in Tokyo
Ryu Konno
SuperDeluxe in Tokyo
Toshio Kokubo
Office Worker and ABBA Fanatic, IT Company in tokyo
Antoine Vaxelaire
Architect in Tokyo
Daisuke Kitagawa
Product Designer in Tokyo
David Robert
Illustrator - Graphic Designer in Tokyo
Toshifumi Matsumiya
Producer, Foundation Modern Puppet Center
Shinobu Machida
Collector 庶民文化探求家 in Tokyo
Miyuki Shoji
RECOVER & REBUILD Japanese Art & Design
Masashi Hirao
Bonsai Master