Bangkok, the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Southeast Asia. In this country, Pious Buddhist country, more than 90% of the people believe in the Theravada Buddhism, and historical temples are dotted in the streets and devoted to prayers everyday can be seen on a daily basis. In recent years, high-rise buildings stand side by side under the white sky of photochemical smog and in the evening the car gets congested. Here, Bangkok is a crucible where various races, culture, history, economy, religion intersect.
Is the music we listen to, a genuine sound? There are three kinds of rotations in the gramophone record. 33rpm, which means that the long-playing record rotates 33 times, 45rpm extended-playing record, and 78rpm standard-playing record. We unconditionally listened to music with these rotations. What if, these rotations were not correct? There’s an organization that works to collect and analyze from the materials of those days, restore the rotation of the record, and deliver the authentic performance and sound. It’s the “Pre-War Blues Laboratories”, lead by Akira Kikuchi.
There is no boxer who is loved by and engrosses people as much as Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. Even if you are hurt or at a loss over your failures, you can be much stronger when you stand up again to overcome them. We want to be a human being who takes the path he / she has believed in, not fearing the rough wave named life. “Our Joe” (a famous cartoon of a boxer in Japan) is still struggling. Let us fight on, too.
The beacon for battle once flying high into the sky by the roadside of street paradise (cars not allowed to enter, often with live street performances shown) in Harajuku with its smoke entangled many an artist to become the symbol of HIP HOP shining at the center of the globe. His rebellious spirit at the bottom of his heart, though much of time has passed since then, remains unchanged, with his passion for sound still growing. To shed light on his path and processes to become the sound creator and performer named DJ KRUSH for sure would be the superb gift for those who will enjoy and live with their sound.
MOKOMOKO (crawling on) evolves; but its spirit won’t change. MHAK is a man who was born in Aizu Wakamatsu and has taken on the world. He just thinks about what he should mind and do to remain himself: “heart and mind of people” expressed through the passion hidden in the inorganic MOKOMOKO he depicts. With his paint, he depicts parts beyond paint. His iron will won’t be swayed, now and forever.
**MOKOMOKO is his magnum opus.
ELT, the legendary shop that led the Tokyo street scene with an independent style since before the word "Ura-Hara" (Harajuku Backstreets) existed. The original brands Let it Ride and Unrivaled expanded into superior collaborations with names such as goodenough, porter, shantii, tricker's, and Visvim. With extremely little media exposure, he's continued making clothes with a year-round feeling of lushness to this very day. Clothing forged in a studio surrounded by things with a sensitive feel reminds us of that initial impulse. An unexplainable sense that cuts through the ages, that's the fashion sense of ELT Design's Kiichiro Kurata.
A man who keeps astounding those watching his scenes with his formidable personality and belief. The philosophies of 卍LINE’s, a.k.a. Yosuke Kubozuka’s, will be revealed with “5 ways”, namely “Jin” (faithfulness), Gi (loyalty), Rei (courtesy), Chi (wisdom) and Shin (trust). 卍’s own from of love will provide the answers to mundane misunderstandings and irrationalities.
“With love, toward the way only I know”
Interacting daily with more than 2 million fans on China's Twitter, Weibo, He's the man in the cap taking instant camera photos at dope parties all over the world. This is his front but behind the scenes he's an editor. A middle finger up at the mainstream and mindful of the indie soul. Beyond skillfully editing the current era, this man is fixated on An affection for culture and an affection for Japan.
The definition of "fusty" is the moldy, musty and also old-fashioned or out-of-date. The concept of my artwork is to give a feeling of story behind with my specialty of classical and precise outline, rather than just giving a eye pleasing art work. FUSTY WORKS drawing the extraordinary of ordinary. His roots is mixture soup, like a gumbo soup that take into everything.
Aerosmith, Disney, Dr. Romanelli, JUUN.J, KAWS, Peter Jackson, Robert Rodriguez, Sony, STUSSY There are countless people in the world that are fascinated by these bewitchingly beautiful and metallic-textured masterpieces. The rare imagination and hyperrealism never cease to stimulate the senses even in a modern society overflowing with input. This first rate entertainment with a realism that doesn't forget the romance is full of a shockingly playful spirit. Sorayama's challenge to advance his beliefs is unending.
Izakaya Narukiyo is located in a back alley of the Aoyama district of Tokyo. A veritable galaxy of able persons, artist and business people of all nationalities, gather in this restaurant that doesn't even have a home page. Chef and owner Narukiyo Yoshida's background shows a wide range of interests including 30's culture, music, movies, and Russian avant-garde. The Japanese atmosphere, the spirit of harmony, and the cuisine's artistic representation are all amazingly delicious. It goes beyond a dining experience, and leads one as far as thinking about life itself.
Over time, even as fashion evolves, here, things continue to shine. Going into the mountains himself, hunting the deer and skinning the leather he uses to make things. Backed by solid techniques, numerous tasks such as design, leather cutting, sewing, sculpting, and dyeing, are performed to return to a 100% entirely handmade process. Manufacturing that is full of feelings and stories and not merely just the pursuit of looking cool and being durable. Here, designer Goro Asai's ultimate, extremely detail rich products are found.