Traffic-signage of Japanese kanji painted on the street in Shibuya, in Tokyo, Japan.
Beautiful Louis Vuitton ad on the back cover of the Economist magazine. Three generations of globally-famous soccer superstars appear in the ad: From left to right, Pele (Brazil), Zinedine Zidane (France), and Diego Maradona (Argentina). The advertisement ran during the final weeks of the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Each of these players has played in the tournament. That they are playing “foosball” (“fussball”?) is a brilliant touch.
We ordered dinner for delivery from a local Thai restaurant earlier this week. These bamboo chopsticks came with the food. We’ve been seeing these for years, but for some reason we only now paid attention to the cute panda graphic on the sleeve. We also noticed that these writing is Chinese (even though they came with Thai food).
We were setting up our Saturday-morning “wake up music” playlist on iTunes and enjoying that first cup of coffee when we stumbled upon some cool Beck videos we haven’t seen for a while. The clips came on a DVD and as a download released with “The Information,” Beck’s 2006 album.
We were struck by some of the imagery used in these vids, especially the wardrobe and style of the various musicians and performers who appear in the video for the song of the same names as the album title.
In the still image below are three women dressed in what looks like an iconic fashion of 1960s Brazilian tropicalismo (or tropicalia) art movement.
A glass branded with the logo of Belgian beer Vedett “Extra White” at a pub in Shibuya, in Tokyo, Japan. We heart this logo.
We were at the impeccably awesome cafe La Colombe Torrefaction in SoHo last week and one of the staff showed us a cool business card they picked up while on a recent trip to Tokyo, Japan. The card is for a restaurant in Naka-Meguro, one of our favortie Tokyo neighborhoods. One side of the card has a beautiful Japanese garden image and that crisp, classic kanji-kana text font, as well as calligraphy logotype for the restaurant. The other side has a map. F*ckin’ love it.
“I Wish Your Wish” is a colorful artwork installation by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander and currently on view as part of a larger exhibition at the New Museum in New York City.
From our “Space + Places” file: Various snapshots of the television set in the guest room at our highly internationalized and anonymous host’s home in Tokyo during a recent visit.
The TV is showing Loriot, a hilarious German actor-comedian who our host introduced us to. In the foreground of one of the pix is a set of various English language magazines stacked on a low table, including New York mag.
You can also see our stuff — luggage, clothes, laptop, etc. — piled into the corner next to the TV. (Yes, it’s a bit of a mess.)