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A Paper Craft Castle On the Ocean

Posted in Uncategorized by tokyobling on July 1, 2009

I had the wonderful opportunity to see this wonderful paper craft art installation by a genius of the name of Wataru Itou (伊藤航), a young student of a major art university here in Tokyo. The installation is hand made over four years of hard work, complete with electrical lights and a moving train, all made of paper! Clearly, this man must have created one of the most stunning examples of Paper Craft in the world? At the exhibition you will also have the chance to see a video showing Mr. Itou at work in his studio, cutting and folding piece by piece. The exhibition is called Umi no Ue no Oshiro (A Castle On the Ocean ), 海の上のお城. It is exhibited at Umihotaru, a place which in itself is a major attraction: a service area in the middle of the ocean, right between Tokyo City and Chiba Prefecture. If you haven’t checked it out yet, use Google Earth for a close up of what is probably the weirdest parking lot in the world. Well, it’s more than a parking lot actually, but I am saving a more detailed description along with photos for another post. For now, enjoy this wonderful work of art!
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Paper Furniture

Posted in Stuff by tokyobling on June 30, 2009

Sometimes people do very clever things with normal materials. I for one, love the idea of these chairs (benches?) made out of paper and glass. An unlikely combination and an even unlikelier application. Great stuff. Now if only I could afford a house huge enough for this kind of furniture!

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama


Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama


Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

A Wall of Swatches

Posted in Places, Shops, Stuff by tokyobling on May 26, 2009

An interesting way to decorate your watch shop if you are a major Swiss watch manufacturer with a new flag ship in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district: a wall of Swatches. An entire room. I kid you not. Go and have a look, it is very close to the flagship H&M store.

A wall of Swatch watches in Ginza

A wall of Swatch watches in Ginza


Close up of Swatches in Ginza

Close up of Swatches in Ginza

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The Louis Vuitton Panda

Posted in Shops by tokyobling on May 14, 2009

I strolled past the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Omotesando the other day and saw this adorable little critter on display in the store. Of course I didn’t actually enter the store. Love the claws though.

Lovely panda on display at the Vuitton shop in Omotesando

Lovely panda on display at the Vuitton shop in Omotesando

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