Design Talks Plus – Digital

Please rate. This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, and Travis Wall. We currently live our lives immersed in a digital world. Advances in digital tech have brought about changes not only in our daily lives but also in the way we create, design and manufacture: the evolution of AI, the development of…

Japanology Plus Japanophiles Tyler Lynch 2017 09 26

Please rate. This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, and Travis Wall. This edition of “Japanophiles,” the series within Japanology Plus that profiles foreign residents leading exceptional lives in Japan, centers around Tyler Lynch, an American who runs a traditional inn, or ryokan, in Nagano. In addition to seeing Lynch’s everyday activities, we…

Japanology Plus Children and Sports 2017 09 05

Please rate. This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, and Travis Wall. This edition of Japanology Plus begins with a statement that may seem a bit surprising: “Sports for children are currently booming.” Was there a time, you may wonder, when sporting activities weren’t very popular among children? But in Japan, of course,…

Japanology Plus 2D Characters 2017 08 29

Please rate. This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, and Travis Wall. With cute characters representing everything from electronics stores to local municipalities to police departments, anthropomorphism is everywhere you look in Japan. A recent edition of Japanology Plus took a look at some of the country’s most eye-catching 2D characters, but the…

Japanology Plus Anthropomorphism 2017 08 22

Please rate. This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, and Travis Wall. Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in Japan will be familiar with the theme of this edition of Japanology Plus: anthropomorphism. Inanimate objects and creatures behaving like people are everywhere you look in this country—including NHK, home of…

Japanology Plus Fireworks 2017 08 15

Please rate. This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, and Travis Wall. Along with the hum of cicadas, the twinkling of wind chimes and the cracking of baseball bats, nothing quite defines Japanese summers like the bursting of fireworks. Literally thousands of fireworks events are held around the country and are attended by…