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Tokyo Tower lights up beautifully in Star-Spangled Banner style for President Obama

 

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Yes, President Obama has arrived in Japan (and apparently already enjoyed the legendary sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro), and with all the buzz and tightened security accompanying his visit, it’s hard not to get a little excited. Well, it seems even one of the landmark symbols of Tokyo, the Tokyo Tower, is getting all dressed up to welcome Mr. Obama. For two nights only, the 333m (1093ft) tall tower will be illuminated in the red, white and blue colors of the American flag!

That’s right, in honor of the President’s visit, for the nights of April 22 and 23, Tokyo Tower will be lit up in bright Star-Spangled Banner colors from sundown (around 6:20pm) to midnight. Naturally, we wanted to get a look at the special red white and blue version of the tower, and take some pictures to share with you as well. We hurried off to the Tokyo City View Sky Deck in Roppongi, where we were able to take the pictures below:

 

The Sky Deck is an open observation area on the rooftop of the Mori Tower building, where you can enjoy and take pictures of the panoramic view in the open air from a height of 270m (885ft).

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It does cost 2,000yen (US$19.50) to get up on the Sky Deck (1,500 yen to get to the general observation deck on the 52nd floor and an extra 500 yen to go all the way up to the roof), but the view is absolutely breathtaking.
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We may have the new Tokyo Skytree, but Tokyo Tower is still a magnificent symbol of the capital city.
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We don’t know if President Obama will have a chance to see the specially illuminated tower, but we certainly hope he does, because it truly is a beautiful sight, and one that couldn’t hurt international relations between the U.S. and Japan. Kudos to the folks at Tokyo Tower for creating such a memorable and stylish tribute!

Source: Tokyo Tower official site via ITmedia (Japanese)

 

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Handmade “Japanese Candles” by SASQUATCHFABRIX

 

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Contemporary lifestyle label SASQUATCHFABRIX has produced a collection of unique candles that feature natural scents built into the candle themselves. The “Japanese Candles” not only cull its name from the brand’s origin, but the material and craftswomen from Fukuoka who make them.
With lotus, apricot, and conifer leaves built into the candle wax for added fragrance and a natural sembelence, each candle spans at 11.5 x 13.5 and can be purchased from SASQUATCHFABRIX’s online store for ¥6,480 JPY (approximately $63 USD).
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Japan Display promises 4K tablet screens that won’t kill your battery

 

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If we draw an almost totally arbitrary line in the sand and call it “500 pixels per inch,” then smartphones now stand proudly on one side of it, while tablets still languish on the other. Japan Display is gently nudging the market forward, however, with the 4K 12-inch tablet panel we saw last year (which offered 365 ppi) and now with a 4K 10-inch prototype that delivers a much higher pixel density of 438 ppi.

Japan Display claims its 4K (3,840 x 2,160) screens have just the same appetite for energy as the regular 2,560 x 1,600 panels found in many tablets today. That means 4K slates could arrive at no cost to battery life, relative to current technology, leaving us with just the pesky financial and computational overheads to deal with instead.

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Design: Ruan Hao’s CATable is a shared table that lets cats play while humans work

 

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As cute and cuddly as cats are, they can be disruptive when they want to hang out and you need to work. With the help of Chinese architect and designer Ruan Hao and his new CATable, which he designed for Hangzhou and Hong Kong-based architecture firm LYCS, busy humans and bored cats may finally be able to coexist peacefully.

On its surface, the table is fairly normal. Below its plain wooden surface, however, is what the creators describe as a “paradise for cats.”

The thick table has a network of smooth wooden tunnels that are just the right size for your feline friend to creep and crawl through.

Perhaps most annoying is their propensity to sit on your keyboard (or lap) when you’re trying to work, which LYCS and Hao totally get “Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell.” They also understand that cats love tight crawl spaces, which WE totally get – “A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole.”

There’s a ton of designers out there who are in the business of creating brilliant products and pieces of pet furniture that help us live more comfortably together with our pet companions.

Source: lycs-arc.com (via: mymodernmet)

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LIFUL (Korea) 2014 Spring/Summer Lookbook

 

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Seoul-based street-ready imprint LIFUL lets us in on its 2014 spring/summerMINIMAL CITY” range via this simple yet compelling lookbook. Welcoming the warmer season, the label enlists bright hues and compelling prints for its latest pieces. Color block tees and raglan shirts are layered with dip-dyed shirts and paired with pleated short and chinos. Paisley, polka dots and stripes offer timeless pattern options, while tropical all-over prints and wildlife graphics — such as on the Kanco Art Tee — provide summer-friendly cues.

Enjoy the lookbook here and look for the collection now at LIFUL and later on at select stockists including the HYPEBEAST Store.

 

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Artist Profile: Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei’s time lapse series “Time is a Dimension” shows the passage of time through layered collages

 

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The beauty of photography, in its essence, is conveyed by capturing a moment in time and freezing it out of its context. Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei, however, uses photography to show the passage of time. In his time lapse series called Time is a Dimension, Fong doesn’t use a typical long exposure trick. He captures the passing time by layering different photos of the same spot with clear edge lines of each frame. Each collage is digitally cut and created from pictures Fong takes within 2 to to 4 hours. Fong usually works at sunrise or sunset, as the light and color palettes are most varied at those times.

“The basic structure of a landscape is present in every piece. But each panel or concentric layer shows a different slice of time, which is related to the adjacent panel/layer. The transition from daytime to night is gradual and noticeable in every piece, but would not be something you expect to see in a still image. Similarly, our experience of a scene is more than a snapshot,” explains Fong.

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“What Is This Sorcery?”: Ian Jenson (Taiwan) demonstrates the art of Contact Juggling

After highlighting his proficiency for pen spinning, Taiwanese production company Kuma Films has put Ian Jenson in the spotlight again, this time demonstrating several different varieties of contact juggling in the video “What Is This Sorcery?”.

Over the course of two minutes, Jenson takes on glass balls, figure 8 rings and isolation hoops, utilizing his whole body to manipulate the objects.