POW! WOW! and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Hawaii has long been known as a colorful holiday destination, but here to further cement that image is this unique collaboration between POW! WOW!, Fitted Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines.

The products of this collaboration were the painting-over of the airline’s ground service vehicles, often some of the first things that welcome visitors on the airport tarmac. From the team at Fitted, including owner Keola Rapozo, came their signature Island Camo pattern broken up by accents of neon orange, that was used to cover the service vehicles. However, arguably the centrepiece is the mural of Rapozo’s wife wearing a traditional Hawaiian headpiece that appears on the side of a large hydraulic service truck, painted by POW! WOW!’s Kamea Hadar and Fitted’s Defer.

Watch the video above and keep an eye out for these works of art the next time you fly to Hawaii.

 

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Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Make a splash at the Japanese toilet exhibition

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While a vast majority of the world’s population has access to mobile phones, one third of humanity, 2.5 billion people, do not have access to proper sanitation. Aiming to educate museum goers on such topics as the problem of feces and the environment in a fun and interesting way, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo presents an exhibition focusing on the toilet.

In a country known for its high-tech smart loos, this exhibition explores what the ideal environment-friendly toilet could be. Featuring a giant toilet slide and poo-shaped hats, “Journey of Poo” also includes a chorus of singing toilet bowls. One toilet we wouldn’t want to miss is the angry lavatory which when asked out loud what would happen if the world’s loos refused to do their jobs, encouraged toddlers to say ‘thank you’ after flushing. Take your date and you can make your own poop from plasticine.

Exhibition closes October 5, 2014.

 

Woman walks past a choir of toilets at an exhibition titled "Toilet !? Human Waste and Earth's Future" at Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo
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Tokyo ice cream stand features colossal eight-flavor cones

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Tokyo’s Nakano Broadway is mainly known for its anime specialty shops, but that’s not all you’ll find if you make your way to each corner of the shopping center’s labyrinthine interior. Inside you’ll also come across an old-school video arcade, suit tailor, watch store, and painting workshop for tabletop role-playing game lead miniatures.

But what we’re talking about today is what awaits visitors in Nakano Broadway’s basement: just about the biggest ice cream cones we’ve ever seen.

 

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Daily Chico offers a pretty extensive selection of ice cream flavors. Aside from old standbys like chocolate and vanilla, customers have spotted green apple, banana, yuzu (a type of Japanese citrus fruit), caramel, and even sesame on the rotating menu. With so many tempting choices, it can be hard to pick just one or two, which is why Daily Chico’s fans are thankful for the stand’s extra-large cone.

 

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In case you’re too busy wiping the drool off your smartphone or keyboard to count, that’seight different flavors piled atop each other. Starting from the top, there’s Tochi Otome strawberry, chocolate, mocha, vanilla, melon, grape, matcha green tea, and finally ramune (a popular type of Japanese fizzy cider).

 

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Some might argue that’s enough ice cream to last for a lifetime, but Daily Chico actually gives customers a reason to come back and order another after enough time has passed. While you can pick what flavors you want for small and regular size orders, the eight varieties in the extra-large cone are pre-set but change periodically.

 

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Even the regular size, seen here on the left, is a pretty generous portion.

 

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Speaking of generous, the extra-large cone is incredibly cheap, with a price of just 390 yen (US $3.60).

Satisfied customers report that Daily Chico’s ice cream isn’t overly sweet, meaning that some true fans can polish off a whole jumbo cone by themselves. Not everyone is up to such a challenge, though, and you’ll also see couples and families sharing one of the colossal treats.

By the way, if you feel the need for a more nutritious meal before tearing into the gigantic octo-snack, Daily Chico also serves udon.

 

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It looks like it tastes pretty good, too. Still, we can’t help but feel all those noodles would just take up precious stomach real estate that could be used for more ice cream.

 

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Restaurant information
Daily Chico / デイリーチコ
Address: Tokyo-to, Nakano-ku, Nakano 5-52-15, Nakano Broadway, basement level 1
東京都中野区中野5-52-15 中野ブロードウェイ B1F
Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

A Bathing Ape opens another official dealer store in Italy

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A Bathing Ape is expanding its international presence with its another official dealer store in the newly opened boutique shop STONE SOUP in Brescia, Italy. Housed in a refurbished 18th-century warehouse, STONE SOUP has entered into a collaboration with A Bathing Ape to bring the latter’s products to the streetwear scene in Italy.

Along with A Bathing Ape, STONE SOUP carries brands such as ALIFE, Off White and Been Trill. In addition to its retail space, Stone Soup will host events and functions, making use of the atmospheric stone brick interior.

 

STONE SOUP
Corso Cavour 4
Brescia, 25121
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Online “Population Decrease Map” of Japan paints a bleak, womanless future for the country

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There has been a lot of discussion over the shifting demographics in Japan with the average age steadily rising and birthrate slipping year by year. These changes leave people wondering what will happen in the decades to come.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun website posted an interactive map of Japan which provides among other information the changes in the female population in Japan 26 years into the future. If you can’t tell by the scorched Earth color-coding used above, it doesn’t bode well for the country. In fact, it’s causing some analysts to predict the “annihilation” of 896 municipalities (a little over half of them) by 2040 due to depopulation.

There are four types of statistics available for this map. We’ll start with the good news first. These maps indicate the number of schools and medical facilities. Here we can see that the country seems abundant in educational and health institutions.

 

 

 

Next here is a map showing the change in population from 2010 to 2014. Although the pale off-white coloring for most of the country appears worrying, it indicates that there was a change between 0% and -10%. Not great, but not frightening either. There are even some pockets of green here and there indicating a growth between 0% and 10%.

 

 

And finally we have the projected change in population between 2014 and 2040. Mind you this is only the population of women ages 20 to 39. That’s not to say that men don’t count – we do open pickle jars after all. But these women in particular are relied upon to have babies.

Fewer babies mean fewer future people especially when fewer women are choosing to have fewer babies. Going by the dark red and purple hues, much of the country will experience a drop of over 50% in the number of child-bearing aged women.

 

 

The expected worst hit is Kanra County in Gunma Prefecture who may see an 89.9% plunge in young adult women by 2040. From there, it would seem to be a hop, skip, and a jump to no people at all. While this data is often accompanied by alarms of “entire cites being wiped off the map” the reality is far less dramatic.

The population decline is probably not exaggerated in this map, but it’s also not as bad as it may seem either. Obviously with a smaller population less independently governed jurisdictions will be needed and these municipalities will amalgamate rather than be “annihilated.”

Also to put things in perspective, Japan’s population density is generally ranked from 35 to 40 out of some 200-plus nation states and territories. If it’s entire population (not just young women) were to suddenly be halved now it would still rank around the mid-70’s and above countries such as China (82nd), France (94th), and the USA (180th).

Sure the transition will be a rocky one, but more than likely Japan will emerge with the potential to become a more comfortable place to live with fewer people. Best of all the population decrease won’t be the result of any tragedy like famine, disease, or war – simply a gradual change in society.

In the end, maybe it’s time for Japan to learn to stop worrying and love the impending space.

The Hundreds x Hong Kong: Passing Through Part 1

 

Upon their seasonal tour of Hong Kong ahead of their attendance at China’s YO’HOOD trade show in Shanghai, an extensive crew from The Hundreds including founders Ben and Bobby Hundreds stopped by in Hong Kong. As part of The Hundreds’ relatively new travel format, Passing Through, the Bobby Hundreds-hosted show took viewers to some of his favorite jaunts across Hong Kong including a look into both retail, lifestyle and food.

Check back for part 2 when it launches soon.

Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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There’s no doubt that many people think Japan is a technologically advanced wonderland that has robots awaiting at every turn. Most people have their images crushed when they step outside any of the main cities and realize just how many rice fields and open spaces there still are. So when it was reported this week that Japan still significantly favors CDs to digital downloads, we weren’t that surprised. Find out the reasons why after the jump.

Japan has some cool robots, and high tech video games they want to roll out, but the country also panicked when Windows XP was slated for extinction this year as 5.92 million or 7.7 percent of personal computers still ran on an operating system over a decade old. The communication method of choice for any document even remotely official is a fax machine and school districts still use a physical inter-school mailing system over e-mail.

It’s pretty evident that many parts of Japan are incredibly resistant to new technologies, especially if they are digital ones. It seems that a physical copy of something, be it papers or plastic CDs, is incredibly comforting to them.

 

 

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For Japan, the second biggest music market, CDs still make up 85 percent of all music bought. In fact, online downloads of music are actually decreasing. In 2009, online sales totaled one billion US dollars, compared to only 400 million dollars in 2013. This seems totally backwards, as digital sales are trending up in every other top market.

What makes Japanese music lovers cling to the humble CD? One theory is that the music industry views the digital landscape with such skepticism and suspicion that prominent players in the music business don’t push digital sales that heavily. Another theory seems to be the way Japan includes bonuses packaged in their CDs, bonuses like a chance to attend a handshake event for their favorite artists.

 

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Japanese netizens were quick to defend their decision to continue to buy CDs over digital versions.

“If you buy it through a download, there’s no jacket insert.”

“I feel that in Japan today, instead of ‘buying music’ we want to ‘buy fan goods’.”

“Buying a download could disappear, so I don’t want it. I want it on a CD.”

 

It seems that Japanese music lovers just like to collect things, so having a shelf full of CDs satisfies their hoarding needs. One wonders where people have space to store all these items, as Japanese apartments are notoriously small, and Japanese collectors like to collect A LOT of things.

One commenter seemed to complain that the prices were equal for both digital and physical versions of music, so why would they skip out on the real copy? This misconception probably stems from the fact that the music industry in Japan keeps their digital prices quite high. Although a quick search of iTunes versus Amazon and Tower Records reveals that their prices are not equal.

 

 

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