Monthly Archives: February 2007

Japan – A Nation of Textures

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I came away feeling like Japan is an immediately accessible place, and yet one that is completely impenetrable. If the society has a simple, immediately recognisable silhouette, then its culture is an intricate texture of patterns and forms. One of my mini personal projects was […]

Tokyo Plastic

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Back in Tokyo, and ready to leave after a few days staying with Kaoru. This time, returning has been fantastic, but very different to last time. Whereas with the previous visit everything was new and shiny, this time I more or less knew my way […]

Nara

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Nara was the capital of Japan before Kyoto, followed by Tokyo. I was not particularly interested to see the place, simply because Kyoto is so stupendously endowed, but in the end I came away really liking the place. Instead of the hundreds of temples and […]

Kyoto Jazz Massive

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Kyoto is now officially one of my favourite places on the planet. The weather has been nigh on perfect for my time here and it has been truly splendid seeing the city. The highlight of the trip – just perhaps one of the highlights of […]

Japan – Speechless

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This second trip to Japan is a complete, unfiltered assault on my senses. I return to my room each night completely shattered, my nerves shot. I have travelled to some relatively extreme places, but Japan repeatedly leaves me bewildered, shaken and stirred. Waiting for my […]

German Cars

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The Taiwanese do love their German cars – never have I seen so many BMW 7-Series in one location. Indeed, before I came here I saw the 7-Series as a bloated, ugly barge; it was only when I arrived here and realised that presence and […]

Love is in the Air

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… it must be, because the Taipei Municipal Government says it is. The story of a British Industrial Designer in Taiwan…

Workmen

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I awoke to the sounds of diggers in the street this morning. This is not an especially strange occurence here in Taipei, but I was still rather surprised to see that they had dug up the entire street, with zero warning and no pedestrian access […]