Friday, October 13, 2006

OUT AND ABOUT

Here are a few more things that caught my eye. I love graffiti , but didn't find too much of it whilst I was in Tokyo. I only had a few days mind you, and I didn't really have much time to wonder the backstreets, being mesmerised by all the bright lights and people.



Is that an animals bottom (blue, left) or a creature with no eyes? (My Dad used to say when the cat lifted its tail and showed us its bum that it was telling us the time. Hope you are reading Dad, you funny ol' thing, I miss you).



(Kitty is that you they captured in the top right there, wine glass in hand?)



More graffiti.



This caught my eye. I liked the greyness against the text and the bird. I almost wanted to post this on its own.



Even Japanese buses are cool compared to ours.



The artist is Takashi Murakami. I bought two little teacups that he designed. I love them!



There were cute things everywhere!



Even the vending machines were quirky.

Don't want to overload you with too many at once. There are more to come........look out!!

24 Comments:

Blogger euro-trac said...

hahaha... if you were to change the colour of the eyes and the colour of the wine, it would be my DL wouldn't it? :O)
(it's ok, I can say what I like, she's not here to defend herself!?)

I really love your photos Pod!

Cool buses!!
x

9:39 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

trac - as soon as i thought it i thought of her! i won't tell her if you don't. thanks for dropping in again love
x

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pod! Thanks for your comment on my blog - glad you found my comment on "Shadows and Light" funny enough to let me know! ;-)

So, what were your overall impressions of Tokyo? It is on my travel agenda...Japanese culture fascinates me!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that the Japanese just embody style and being different...perhaps because there are so many crammed into a very small area that it's hard to be distinct? ;-)

2:54 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Really interesting photos Pod! Funny how all Japanese illustrations are kind of similar but still totally different to 'western' ones. Two of my favourite films are Howls Moving Castle and Spirited Away by..oh can't remember..you'll know the name. I love that kind of Japanese animation - the monsters in it are SO incredible that you can tell they come from a completely different cultural imagination.

More please!

5:18 PM  
Blogger little purl one said...

Overload me! Overload me!!

I can't believe the pics of the junk shop. I went to a place in Lewes recently with tonnes of vintage fabric and it was almost a horrible experience because I couldn't quite cope, so I may actually have fallen over in there. I can't believe how amazing EVERY ONE of these pictures is - it's almost painful to see things that are so perfectly fantastic - I actually would like to crawl inside that vending machine - it's so ace it's never enough just to look at it and then have to walk away.... Awesome (this is not a word I use casually btw).

Those dolls are fantastic, but I think probably your brilliant photography made them even more incredible y'know... Do you know I have some old seventies dolls on top of my wardrobe that look over me when I sleep - except that the cat got up there and was sick all over one of them and I didn't notice for ages so Tony was awoke the other day by me carrying funereal procession style a doll with a carefully balanced pile of dried sick on her stomach - I think maybe that was a physical realisatin of a Paula Rego painting??

5:51 PM  
Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

Quirky, bizarre, odd, buit all very precise and thought out..great shots of the charcter of Tokyo

6:55 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

JD - i did laugh at your comment on 'shadows'. i know exactly what you mean. i love indulging in those kinds of postulations. very imaginative.

go to tokyo!! i loved it. i was only there 5 days and i vowed to return. i was overwhelmed by how very different it was, having travelled a lot of SE asia already. i found them so interesting and in a way unfathomable/untouchable/?uncontactable. they seem to have very different thought processes and ways/reasons of doing things. that made me want to learn more/spend more time there. their rituals/values etc.

they are obviously very thoughtful, deliberate, precise and polite. graphic design is very sharpand clean, and comes from their unique imagination. as rambling woman says, that can only come from their culture.

hmm, i could go on and. there was a lot of 'protocol' which was fascinating to podbrain, certain ways of doing things. that appeals to (the victorian part of) me. very ordered despite the first impression of chaos. in the same moment i felt i had gone into the future and the past.

one really funny thing was that in some toilets, when you close the door, a sensor activates a recording of flushing, so that nobody can hear you 'go'. oh, lots of things....i want to go back now.

i am not sure what it is that drives their style/uniqueness. maybe the size of the population? the have really taken what the want/like about the west, and turned it into their own.

you will love it JD. i can only recommend a visit. if you go before dec, my lovely friend julia would look after you i am sure.

thanks for being interested!

8:06 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

RW - i am so pleased about the house! and i think i am fast becoming your rambling male counterpart? look out! so pleased you enjoyed the post. i chopped a lot out for fear of tedium, but there will be more, so stay tuned. everyones comments excited me today! i too love Hayao Miyazaki's films, Spirited away especially. for the same reasons. i thought the monsters wondefully imaginative. i loved the pieces of paper that came too, all those little cut-out people. magical. princess mononoke is worth watching too, and i wonder if you would like the books of Haruki Murakami? great music and website. i am going to have watch spirited away again soon!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

LP1!! LP1!!
i am so pleased you are back. the week dragged without you. how funny. your enthusiasm is wonderful. i was totally overwhelmed in japan in the same way that you were in.....pfff...lewes.....tee hee (just pulling yer LP1 leggy). there was so much to see and buy and everything was wonderful i wanted it all and consequently bought almost nothing. i have to go back. lewes is a bit wickermanish hey?

i really laffed at the catsick dolly story. i can see you with it. i gave away 4 ?50s dolls before i left NZ and now i regret it (if you are reading gill bean, gimme them back!!). they all looked like bjork and had great hairstyles. please send a photo of the dolls (without sick on them).

oooh! you're back x

JOHN - hello again. glad you like. i really appreciate your words, and loved your last few photos (left comments with you).

THANKS EVERYONE - REALLY ENJOYED BLOGGING TODAY BECAUSE OF YOU ALL

8:59 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

When I was in L.A. earlier this year I saw a short animated film that I believe was by Murakami - I love his style. And Miyazaki is amazing - I have "Spirited Away" on DVD, and was also awed by "Castle in the Sky" and "My Neighbor Totoro," two of his older films. Pod, your photos are great! LOVE all the street art.

It's very interesting, this Japanese obsession with cuteness. Here's my own recent encounter with it:

http://shadowsteve.blogspot.com/2006/09/park-avenue-south-maysept-2006.html

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pod, I will check out your recommendations! Ta...you have a better memory than I have. (not difficult)

8:40 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

steve - nice to see you again. or hear you i should say. i haven't seen those two films yet, but now it is my mission. you are a wealth of tips. i appreciate. i like a bit of quirk too, so tokyo was right up my street.

i am happy to hear that you like my pics, because i really like yours too. lots.

i will post more oz/nz street art soon, will let you know.

and i shall check your link now.....

6:23 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Its not that long since I popped in, but 17 new pics. since then.

Yes.

I counted.

These are fabulous pictures, I've always wanted to visit Japan, but even more so now.

(Especially that junk shop)

6:26 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

keep up letty! if you can go to japan, go! its incredible. i only had 5 days, but it was enough to get a taster, and i will go back for sure (perhaps skiing in feb!).

10:23 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Lovely photos. I too want to go to Japan. My cousin lives in Tokyo with his wife and their lifestyle is amazing. Thanks for sharing these.

Oh yes, that's definitely Kitty isn't it?!!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

It is me too!! Well, well . . .

Sorry I didn't spot myself before!

That's lovely, Pod that your mother's ashes are scattered across the mountains. That is what I would like for myself (not just yet, but one day).

3:18 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

You know what though? Last night I told blogger that I didn't want my photo on my comments and it said fine and I checked with it this morning and it was still fine but my photo is still there. Pah!

3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pod, cool and interesting photos!! You really enjoyed being in Tokyo, didn't you? Tokyo has many sides: cute, girlish, showy, loud, too automatic, chaotic, well-ordered, traditional.... They can easily take in stuffs everywhere and put out them in a somewhat unique and strange way. But I like Tokyo.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

MACKY - hello! yes i loved it for all of those reasons. the apparent chaos but orderliness really struck me, so its funny you mention it too. thanks for looking in!

9:16 PM  
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