Design Talks Plus – Digital

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, We currently live our lives immersed in a digital world. Advances in digital tech have brought about changes not only in our daily lives but also in the way we create, design and manufacture: the evolution of AI, the development of 3D…

Japanology Plus Japanophiles Tyler Lynch 2017 09 26

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, This edition of “Japanophiles,” the series within Japanology Plus that profiles foreign residents leading exceptional lives in Japan, centers around Tyler Lynch, an American who runs a traditional inn, or ryokan, in Nagano. In addition to seeing Lynch’s everyday activities, we get…

Japanology Plus Children and Sports 2017 09 05

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, This edition of Japanology Plus begins with a statement that may seem a bit surprising: “Sports for children are currently booming.” Was there a time, you may wonder, when sporting activities weren’t very popular among children? But in Japan, of course, as…

Japanology Plus 2D Characters 2017 08 29

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, With cute characters representing everything from electronics stores to local municipalities to police departments, anthropomorphism is everywhere you look in Japan. A recent edition of Japanology Plus took a look at some of the country’s most eye-catching 2D characters, but the question…

Japanology Plus Anthropomorphism 2017 08 22

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in Japan will be familiar with the theme of this edition of Japanology Plus: anthropomorphism. Inanimate objects and creatures behaving like people are everywhere you look in this country—including NHK, home of Domo-kun,…

Japanology Plus Fireworks 2017 08 15

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Along with the hum of cicadas, the twinkling of wind chimes and the cracking of baseball bats, nothing quite defines Japanese summers like the bursting of fireworks. Literally thousands of fireworks events are held around the country and are attended by millions…

Japanology Plus Urban Renewal 2017 08 01

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, In 1872, when Japan’s first railway opened between Yokohama and Tokyo, the population of Tokyo was less than one million. Fast-forward 150-odd years, and it has increased to well over 13 million. If you add the larger metro area, that number swells…

Japanology Plus Japanophiles Nsenda Lukumwena 2017 07 18

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, These days, more and more foreigners are engaging in Japanese occupations that not so long ago might have struck many Japanese (and foreigners) as extremely difficult for outsiders to undertake. In the Japanophiles series, we have encountered many examples: a tea ceremony…

Japanology Plus Traditional Music 2017 07 04

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, For many people around the world, the phrase “Japanese music” may evoke thoughts of brightly-dressed, hyperactive pop idols or, recently, a middle-aged man combining a writing implement with a piece of fruit. But long before Japan was exposed to Western musical styles,…

Japanology Plus Buses 2017 06 27

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Perhaps it’s because of the country’s world-famous bullet trains or its best-selling automobiles, but when you think of transportation in Japan, buses aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. As it turns out, though, Japan boasts some of the world’s…

Japanology Plus Capsule Toys 2017 06 20

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Pop quiz: what country has the highest density of vending machines in the world? That’s right: Japan! Okay, that wasn’t a particularly tough quiz – the show is called Japanology Plus, after all. Even those who have never set foot in Japan…

Japanology Plus School Lunches 2017 06 06

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, What we eat as children helps to shape our food preferences for life. If you were to ask a relatively elderly Japanese man or woman what they remember fondly about school lunch, would you be surprised to be told bread and milk?…

Japanology Plus Japanophiles Yoram Ofer 2017 05 24

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Now that Japanese sake is increasingly available wherever you are in the world, you might think that it requires little or no introduction. It’s likely that from time to time many readers have ordered a flask of sake to go with a…

Japanology Plus 2017 05 02 Cafes

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, When this writer first arrived in Japan in 1981, the sheer number of kissaten (“drink tea shops”) was stunning. Back then many cafes had game consoles built into the tables (arcade cocktail cabinets). But there were various other types to choose from:…