Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Interning experience

I go for interning 1 or 2 times a week at a web-related company. We have just moved our office to the new location in Aoyama, and this is one of the room, a relaxing room, which has a soccer game bord and a fake golf green...etc. Finally, I had a lunch there for the first time because I wanted to do that and take a picture.

So, the green you can see in the photo above is a mini-fake golf green. I just found the hole for it last Monday. Until then, I was really wondering about this green, "What was it for??"
On the right hand side of the picture>> This is the soccer game board. I haven't seen people who are actually playing it, yet.

Another room I want to show you is the reception area. Walls, ceiling, and floor, everywhere is painted with red. The creative director said that this concept of design (color) is something related to our company logo. But, when you see this for the first time, that will be a quite strong impact to see.

Lastly, I want to quickly show you the object at the entrance hall of the building. (See the photo on the right.) When I saw this for the first time, I thought that this was just a part of the interior design, which will never be functional. However, I saw people sitting on it to wait for his colleague the other day and realized that the wooden block really works well as a bench.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Kyoto Trip on the 4th day...

I just want to introduce this shop. On the 4th day of the trip my friend took me to her favorite shop which sells "tenugui (Japanese traditional printed fabric used as towel)". They had a variety of patterns and prints. At the shop, they frame many tenuguis and hang them on the wall to display. Also, they make a little bag, teddy bear, and so on, with tenugui.

They use 3 ways to make the pattern on the fabric.
  1. weave
  2. similar way to silk screen
  3. use ink jet printer (when the design is more complicated. (there are many colors, gradation...etc.)
I was impressed by the fact that they use original screen that was used in Meiji Period. Those designers were mostly unknown, but they said some of them were designed by professionals and others were done by art students at that time.
Now they are 14th generation, and make new design at the same time.

I thought this contains much of design element. They have the restriction to use this rectangle shape as a format, yet they take advantage of its length horizontally or vertically to place each element to it.
Check many of the patterns they design here!
Also, this is their Home.

Kyoto Trip on the 3rd day...

On the 3rd day of the trip, Sharon and I went to see the special exhibition "Emaki Unrolled: Masterworks of Illustrated Narrative Handscrolls" at Kyoto National Museum.
When I asked Ms. Noriko about the location of the museum, I knew that she was pointing out the right place on the map. But, somehow I misunderstood a minute later, and I took Sharon to Kyoto National Museum of the Modern Art. We ended up getting a discount ticket from the receptionist at the Kyoto National Museum of the Modern Art, which was lucky, but still I was sorry for Sharon.

After Sharon left for her own journey, I went to see one of my friends who is going to the grad school at Kyoto University. She is also my former boss at the company which I used to work in Tokyo.
She showed me around the areas where we didn't get to see on the 2nd day in Kyoto.

After we ate dinner, we walked along Kamo River in Shijo and Sanjo areas. I was a little bit excited about Ponto-cho since Steven was talking about it at Ryokan. My friend explained to me that they called this kind of little walkway to the restaurant (See photo on the left) as "Unagi no nedoko (the bed for eel)" because of the shape of the space. It is narrow and long to get to the entrance door. She was not sure though that she has heard when this area was developed (probably long time ago), shogunate decided the amount of tax that they collected from merchants depend on the width of the entrance door. So this was the strategy that merchants would pay the least amount of tax.

After that, we saw Maiko (A beautiful hostess dressing up with Kimono and wig, who plays music and dance for their customer) who was treated like a celebrity. I filmed at the moment. I am working on to make a link for the clip....

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Walking in Tokyo

I read the article, "Walking in Tokyo". There are a lot of things that I totally agree, and with some, I have different view on them.
For instance, his quote "-privacy is a luxury almost as expensive as space. " is, I think, right. I grew up in Tokyo and never lived in suburbs except when I was in U.S., and it seems to me personally that everything (a lot of people, things, etc...) is just packed in this tiny area. This is sometimes irritant. Maybe this is not the matter of quantity, rather about the people's sense.
When the author says, "...- to see and be seen, to look and be looked at... How different Japan." I have different view on it, and this topic was raised actually when I and one of my Japanese friends were having branch on the other weekend. We agreed on that there is always some kind of relationship between one and the other in the public place so that we cannot get away from the sense that we are looked at by the person, who just pass us (they are of course strangers), or people are so conscious that they are watched by others. This atmosphere which is automatically created by Japanese society is really annoying sometime. By now, I don't really think about this too much, but I guess this is just one of cultural things.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

This is test

This is test.