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Julian Opie is known more for his pop portraits than for Japanese landscapes.
But he has done a series of remarkable animated vistas, inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige’s famous woodblock prints.
I saw a few in the MOMAT recently that took the form of computer animated motion paintings.
The waves moving across glassy water surface in an otherwise static landscape are unique in how they capture/keep viewer attention.

Julian Opie is known more for his pop portraits than for Japanese landscapes.

But he has done a series of remarkable animated vistas, inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige’s famous woodblock prints.

I saw a few in the MOMAT recently that took the form of computer animated motion paintings.

The waves moving across glassy water surface in an otherwise static landscape are unique in how they capture/keep viewer attention.

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"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

— Leonardo da Vinci

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I recently happened upon the work of Geoff McFetridge.  
His is not a household name (yet) but his work is very recognizable.
A few examples:
1. user interfaces in Spike Jonze movie “her”
2. Live Simply designs for Patagonia
3. album packaging for Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You”


You can see more of Geoff’s work here … 
http://championdontstop.com

I recently happened upon the work of Geoff McFetridge.  

His is not a household name (yet) but his work is very recognizable.

A few examples:

  • 1. user interfaces in Spike Jonze movie “her”
  • 2. Live Simply designs for Patagonia
  • 3. album packaging for Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You”

You can see more of Geoff’s work here … 

http://championdontstop.com

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Sugiura Hisui was a central figure in establishing commercial art as an independent discipline in Japan.

Combining Art Nouveau with his Japanese painting technique, he created a new design genre.

It later led to the establishment of Shichinin-sha (Seven people company), a study group for various creative designs.

His posters for the Tokyo Underground Railway and Mitsukoshi department store are quite beautiful (try Google image searching them).

In 1927, Sugiura launched “Affiches”, a commercial art magazine dedicated to promoting new design styles and breaking with convention.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisui_Sugiura

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The Japan Media Arts Festival is an annual event celebrating “media geijutsu”.
The festival includes four types of work - Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga.
Entries are judged by a panel of experts, with winners  selected and presented as an exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo.
http://j-mediaarts.jp/?locale=en

The Japan Media Arts Festival is an annual event celebrating “media geijutsu”.

The festival includes four types of work - Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga.

Entries are judged by a panel of experts, with winners  selected and presented as an exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo.

http://j-mediaarts.jp/?locale=en

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What is Rakuten?
It’s the Amazon of Japan.
It’s an e-commerce giant traded on the JASDAQ with revenues of ~$5B in 2012. 
In addition to its core online retailing business, Rakuten recently acquired social communications app Viber for $900M.  And it runs a Hulu-like video service called Viki.  
Rakuten opened a cafe in Shibuya in May 2014 where it can connect with consumers in the physical world.
The word “rakuten” means “optimism” in Japanese.
Rakuten is the title sponsor of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship, an ATP event held annually in Koto.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakuten

What is Rakuten?

It’s the Amazon of Japan.

It’s an e-commerce giant traded on the JASDAQ with revenues of ~$5B in 2012. 

In addition to its core online retailing business, Rakuten recently acquired social communications app Viber for $900M.  And it runs a Hulu-like video service called Viki.  

Rakuten opened a cafe in Shibuya in May 2014 where it can connect with consumers in the physical world.

The word “rakuten” means “optimism” in Japanese.

Rakuten is the title sponsor of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship, an ATP event held annually in Koto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakuten

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UKIYO-E.  ”Pictures of the floating world.”
These woodblock prints and paintings were popular in the Edo period in Japan.
Ukiyo-e is a term that you may come across in different contexts, but typical ones are Japanese influence on western art and western opinions/understanding of Japanese culture.
I saw it mentioned recently in a visiting exhibition of paintings from the Louvre (Paris) in the National Art Center (Tokyo) in reference to Manet’s portrait of a young fifer. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e

UKIYO-E.  ”Pictures of the floating world.”

These woodblock prints and paintings were popular in the Edo period in Japan.

Ukiyo-e is a term that you may come across in different contexts, but typical ones are Japanese influence on western art and western opinions/understanding of Japanese culture.

I saw it mentioned recently in a visiting exhibition of paintings from the Louvre (Paris) in the National Art Center (Tokyo) in reference to Manet’s portrait of a young fifer. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e

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Nikkei Inc. (aka Kabushiki-Gaisha Nihon Keizai Shinbun Sha or The Japanese Economic Times Co.) is one of largest and most influential media companies in Japan.
As the full formal name suggests, Nikkei specializes in financial, business and industry news.  
Nikkei’s main titles include Nikkei Keizai Shimbun (NKS), Nikkei Asia Review, Nikkei Weekly.  Nikkei also operates TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC.
The company makes many of its articles available in English through wire services, an English-language website and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.
Nikkei started as an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Co. in 1876, publishing Chugai Bukka Shimpo (Domestic and Foreign Commodity Prices).  The paper changed its name to NKS in 1946.
The NKS is Nikkei’s flagship publication and the world’s largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding 3 million.
The Nikkei 225 stock market index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange has been calculated continuously by the paper since 1950.
Nikkei has many affiliate companies include Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP),  Nikkei CNBC Japan and Nikkei National Geographic.

Nikkei Inc. (aka Kabushiki-Gaisha Nihon Keizai Shinbun Sha or The Japanese Economic Times Co.) is one of largest and most influential media companies in Japan.

As the full formal name suggests, Nikkei specializes in financial, business and industry news.  

Nikkei’s main titles include Nikkei Keizai Shimbun (NKS), Nikkei Asia Review, Nikkei Weekly.  Nikkei also operates TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC.

The company makes many of its articles available in English through wire services, an English-language website and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.

Nikkei started as an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Co. in 1876, publishing Chugai Bukka Shimpo (Domestic and Foreign Commodity Prices).  The paper changed its name to NKS in 1946.

The NKS is Nikkei’s flagship publication and the world’s largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding 3 million.

The Nikkei 225 stock market index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange has been calculated continuously by the paper since 1950.

Nikkei has many affiliate companies include Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP),  Nikkei CNBC Japan and Nikkei National Geographic.

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"The D stands for Dominant."
That is one of the first things I heard about this old-line advertising firm in Japan with annual revenues of over 1.5 trillion yen.
Dentsu is by far the largest advertising and marketing services agency in Japan thanks to its origins as a media rep firm for newspaper and later television advertising when those were growth markets.
These days Dentsu offers a range of communications services and is known for its connections with Japanese industry and close ties with the Japanese national legislature.
The agency started in the early 1900s as Japan Advertising and Telegraphic Service Co. Ltd.
A hundred years later it went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
In 2012 it purchased Aegis Group Plc. in a cash deal worth $4.9B signaling to WPP, Publicis, Omnicom and the other industry giants that it is a force to be reckoned with.
Dentsu is headquartered in a building designed by Pritzker-winner Jean Nouvel in Minato-ku, Tokyo, home to Japan’s largest corporations including Honda, Mitsubishi, NEC and Sony.
Dentsu has four main business units: National Advertising, Ad-Related Markets, New Markets and Foreign Markets.
It has +7k employees and nearly 100 first- and second-tier subsidiaries and affiliates.

"The D stands for Dominant."

That is one of the first things I heard about this old-line advertising firm in Japan with annual revenues of over 1.5 trillion yen.

Dentsu is by far the largest advertising and marketing services agency in Japan thanks to its origins as a media rep firm for newspaper and later television advertising when those were growth markets.

These days Dentsu offers a range of communications services and is known for its connections with Japanese industry and close ties with the Japanese national legislature.

The agency started in the early 1900s as Japan Advertising and Telegraphic Service Co. Ltd.

A hundred years later it went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

In 2012 it purchased Aegis Group Plc. in a cash deal worth $4.9B signaling to WPP, Publicis, Omnicom and the other industry giants that it is a force to be reckoned with.

Dentsu is headquartered in a building designed by Pritzker-winner Jean Nouvel in Minato-ku, Tokyo, home to Japan’s largest corporations including Honda, Mitsubishi, NEC and Sony.

Dentsu has four main business units: National Advertising, Ad-Related Markets, New Markets and Foreign Markets.

It has +7k employees and nearly 100 first- and second-tier subsidiaries and affiliates.

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In 1862, Ueno Hikoma (pictured) opened the first photography studio in Japan.  It was in Nagasaki, where the first camera was imported not long earlier.  I love this self-portrait of the proprietor, arms crossed, expecting (hoping?) this new media market would take off.  So many parallels with today and yet so different.

In 1862, Ueno Hikoma (pictured) opened the first photography studio in Japan.  It was in Nagasaki, where the first camera was imported not long earlier.  I love this self-portrait of the proprietor, arms crossed, expecting (hoping?) this new media market would take off.  So many parallels with today and yet so different.