Category Archives: CULTURE

Forsaken Castle on Kickstarter

Source: Spark Blog

Forsaken Castle is on Kickstarter. The game is a 15-bit style action exploration platformer and is inspired by the classic metroidvania games. Currently, the developers has reached $7,710 out of their $10,000 goal with 27 left remaining. For more details and some cool perks, check out their Kickstarter page. Here’s a trailer.


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Journey Through 100 of Japan’s Finest Gardens

Gate at Yoshikien, Nara, Japan

Marc Peter Keane in an American landscape architect who spent almost 20 years in Kyoto practicing landscape design. In fact, he was the first foreigner to receive a working visa as a landscape architect. Now back stateside, Keane maintains an office in upstate New York where he designs Japanese gardens for both public and private spaces. It’s hard to think of a better person to serve as a personal guide through 100 of Japan’s Finest Gardens.

Balance at Ryōanji, Kyoto, Japan

Keane spent a good part of 2015 visiting more than 100 Japanese gardens and photographing aspects he felt were particularly revealing about Japanese garden design. The resulting book, “Japanese Garden Notes,” contains some 400 beautiful color photographs of some of Japan’s most notable gardens.

What I particularly enjoyed about the book was that the gardens are divided into 6 sections that look at different elements. Intent & Time studies elements that are intentional (balancing stones) and those that require time (growing moss). Space & Passage discusses the way walls and stepping stones regulate the way we move through those space.

Keane’s book is available through Amazon.

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Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Episode 4 Impression

Source: Spark Blog

On this episode, the school’s competition event begins soon and Glenn’s class prepares for it. Later, they participate in the event.

So it was cool to see Glenn show more of his capabilities as a teacher and think up a plan for the school’s competition. Also, the competition action was pretty good. Other than that, they also revealed some more past details about Rumia and the possibility that Glenn has encountered her before during his military work. Now will the event continue or end on the next episode? Overall, cool competition preparations and some action.

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The Joy of Watching Miniature Japanese Meals Being Prepared

There are books on the wall, a table in the middle of the room, a plant, maybe a floor lamp or two. But something doesn’t feel right in this room, like it’s a set. Suddenly, a gigantic hand reaches into the frame, revealing that the room was indeed a set built entirely in miniature form. The chopping board is maybe the size of a pinky; the knife slightly smaller. This is the world of Japanese miniature enthusiast and YouTuber ‘Joken‘ aka AAAJoken, or triple-A Joken.

Currently a member of the YouTuber management agency UUUM, Joken got his start by introducing toys for kids and creating stop motion animations using those toys. But since 2014 he’s created over 200 videos on a YouTube channel called Miniature Space. In it, he creates all kinds of miniature Japanese meals like tempura and okonomiyaki, but also everyday foods like spaghetti carbonara and corn dogs.

The channel currently has over 1.2 million subscribers. And many of the videos have views in the hundred-thousand range; some in the millions. It’s hard to verbalize what exactly we find so mesmerizing and satisfying about these videos. (Heck, we even have …continue reading


The 3 Million Yen MUJI Hut, Coming this Fall

A year and a half ago, MUJI revealed plans to begin selling huts: small, humble abodes that would allow users to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, anywhere they wanted. They commissioned 3 notable designers – Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic – to create concept huts. But in the end, they decided to go with a design that borrows from each.

Simple but spacious, the MUJI Hut offers a 9.1 sq m (about 98 sq ft) living space and 3.1 sq m (about 33 sq ft) patio. The company says that’s “a space large enough for 3-4 people to relax in,” which seems a little tight to me but it could easily work for a couple.

But the materials and craftwork is where this utilitarian hut really shines. The exterior is all shou-sugi, burnt cedar wood which has been traditionally used in Japan for its durability and antiseptic properties. In fact, all the wood used to make the hut is sourced from Japan. The floor is reinforced concrete with a raft foundation to ensure that your small home won’t blow down or get soaked during storms.

For 3 million yen (about $27,000 USD), MUJI will construct this hut for …continue reading