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Naoto Fukasawa in Singapore for a Talk about “Found Muji” concept

Its a rare occasion for Japan renowned designer – Naoto Fukasawa to visit our Sunny island. And if not for the recent launched of Muji first flagship store @ Plaza Singapura in South-East Asia, I would not have this great opportunity to see and hear his talk in person. It’s a 2 hours talk + Q&A session. A Tote bag + gift card were given out to all audience as well.

According to Fukasawa san, Found Muji concept is about getting design to work at its core. He once said “The best designs are those that dissolve into behaviour.”, something that works in our daily life without us realising it.

A permanent exhibit display is currently available @ Muji Plaza Singapura, can head down to see the items that are found to contain some Muji elements around the World.

Free Retina Wallpapers for your MacBooks – Back to the ancient capital cities in Japan 2016 (Spring)

Taken using Sony RX200 camera. Feel free to download these wallpapers for your personal use only. Starting from the top: Kinkakujin Kyoto, Ginkakujin Kyoto, Arashiyama Kyoto and Nara City.

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日本旧首都历史之旅 – 京都 . 奈良 . 大阪 . 宇治市 Back to the ancient capital cities in Japan

这趟京都之旅是我从以前就期待已久的,今年终于让我如愿。走了很多也看了许多的古庙宇,都是千年以上的,包含了密教,弹宗,日本神道等等。日本人那种不轻易放弃的精神始终令我倾佩,无论是无情大火或地震来袭,破环了庙宇的部分,他们都会想办法把它按照原来的面貌恢复的完好无缺。是执着?是不想活在痛苦的回忆里?往前看是好但有谁又能真正忘记过去?有谁不想只记得美好的事物,把惨痛的经验抹去?

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除了京都,也去了奈良,听说是日本的第一个古都,不算太大只不过现在是人与鹿共存的地方,人们觉得鹿有趣,鹿觉得人们手上的食物跟有趣。互相互利也不见得是件坏事。

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接下来也去了大阪参观了古城堡,以前的皇帝为了保护自己的土地所以建造了此地,只不过现在却成了人们参观收费的城堡。时代的变迁令人感叹,真正记得有几人?

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最后到了宇治市,位于京都和奈良之间,那里专们出产有名的绿茶。除此之外,平等院是我这一趟所见过最壮观的庙宇建筑,无论从任何的角度都十分迷人。如果下一次有缘的话,建议您要来此寺庙参观。总得来说,这一次的旅程虽然短暂,有点累,但是获益良多。从中也更了解日本人的精神。希望有机会,再见!

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All photos taken by Sony RX100 and Apple iPhone 6S

Naoto Fukasawa: Observing is who I am

Check out the latest interview by Naoto Fukusawa for Metropolis Mag. The celebrated Japanese designer muses on the similarities between design and soup making, the enduring relevance of “Super Normal”, and the power of observation.

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Courtesy Naoto Fukasawa

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman 銀河パトロール ジャコ by Akira Toriyama

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Thanks to Akira Toriyama 鳥山 明 (Created of Dragon Ball) once again bring us back to those good old days where aliens came to Earth and save human race. According to him, this would probably be the last hands-on manga drawn by him. Originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from July to October 2013, with the eleven chapters collected into a single volume by Shueisha (published in late 2014).

Plot
It follows Jaco, a Galactic Patrolman or policeman of the universe, that has come to Earth to protect it from an evil alien attack. Read more from Wikipedia

Thoughts after reading
A pretty short, simple but captivating manga. Its the style in drawings and humour that makes Akira work so unique and original. Since Dragon Ball period (1984 – 1995), his work already inspired many, and I believe this will continue in many generations to come.

OWNDAYS now landed in Singapore: Getting your new glasses in just 20 mins

Tks to OWNDAYS – Getting your new specs is now as fast as 20 mins. Frame + High Index Aspheric Lens (1.60) is just between: SGD 98 – 198. With a wide selection of more than 1,500 frames, you can now enjoy quality style glasses with affordable prices.

The process of getting your new glasses is pretty easy, first of all, choose your desired glasses, and proceed to do your eyes’ degree measurement, make your payment and just 20 mins later, your glasses will be ready for collection. Not sure is it for this promotion period, when you purchase now, they will give you a free SGD 20 voucher for next purchase.

Till date there are 7 outlets available island wide, and they are still expanding aggressively! Verdict: If you are looking for quality glasses with affordable price and fast service, OWNDAYS is probably the one you should not missed! Check them out today

First Love by 宇多田ヒカル – 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition to be released on 10 March 2014

First Love is the best-selling album in Japanese music history by Utada Hikaru 宇多田ヒカル. It was first released on March 10, 1999. And so now after 15 years later, there will be a re-release version, which will feature some of the previously unreleased material, as well as LUV LIVE concert, which was her first live concert performance, and the video of which has never been released. Check out the details below and you can pre-order it through CDJapan

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First Love -15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition-

Specifications 15,000-set completely limited edition, 4-disc set [platinum SHM-CD/SHM-CD/CD/DVD] in deluxe packaging with serial number
Product Code: TYCT-69015
Price: 15,000 yen (consumption tax incl.)

[1] First Love <2014 Remaster> [Platinum SHM-CD]
[2] LUV LIVE [DVD]
[3] Original Back Tracks [SHM-CD]
All 10 songs (excluding Interlude) are original karaoke compilations.
[4] Bonus Tracks [CD]
Unreleased tracks and a compilation of singles coupling tracks.

* Deluxe packaging with serial number
Hardcover book with hitherto unreleased photos and handwritten lyrics/includes complete replicas of promotional merchandise at the time of release, LUV LIVE tickets, and backstage passes

First Love -15th Anniversary Edition-

Specifications [SHM-CD+DVD]
Product Code: TYCT-69016
Price: 4,000 yen (tax incl.)

[1] First Love <2014 Remaster> [SHM-CD]
[2] LUV LIVE [DVD]

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