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Ri Xing, The Last Type Foundry in Taiwan

It all started with the background image for an exhibition poster in Taipei during our week-long trip there early December with Tomomi and Naoki. The detailed photo of a lead type foundry shelf struck a cord in all of us and no one could resist adding such singular destination to the masterfully planned visit of the island prepared by our friend Leonard. This single photo sent us on a multi-day quest which ended at Ri Xing Typography (日星鑄字行), the last type foundry in Taiwan.

2 days at the Nakanojo Biennale of Art

Welcome to a lovely corner of Gunma Prefecture for the Nakanojo Biennale (Nakabi). In its 3rd edition, the festival can be compared to the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan’s oldest and largest countryside art festival, for it borrows the same recipe: find a seldom visited corner of Japan, reopen long closed primary schools, old breweries, former factory […]

“Tokyo without the Ginza”

The New York Times: Streets Are Paved With Neon’s Glare, and City Calls a Halt (By Larry Rohter – Published: December 12, 2006) SAO PAULO, Brazil – Imagine a modern metropolis with no outdoor advertising: no billboards, no flashing neon signs, no electronic panels with messages crawling along the bottom. Come the new year, this […]

Beautiful Evidence

Edward Tufte new book – Beautiful Evidence, is now at the printer and should be available in May 2006. On his site, you can order only that book, or all 4 of them in one convenient pack… Guess what I just got meself…

Cover Flow

The last time I bought an actual CD was 4 years ago, so the only contact with my music collection for 4 years has been lists and lists and lists of titles… Lost the emotions of handling your own CDs, broken covers, and gaze at their covers. When is the last time you had a […]

Bosch’s crazy infolight

[Bosch] The Integra Vision dishwasher is so quiet, we had to create INFOLIGHT, a device that beams a small light onto the floor so you can tell it’s running.[Via] Was this really the only way to let us know that it is running or not? I refuse to believe this. I understand the need and […]

Toyota Prius taxis in Tokyo

Granted, I tend to ride taxis to work and back more than I like to talk about (especially in winter Brrrrrr). But I balance the impact on the environment by riding my bike to work the other days… Maybe I should only ride Prius taxis… but in more than 2.5 years in Tokyo, I have […]

3D display LED cube

2 weeks ago, I met James Clar in the elevator taking us to the Waist Down expo on the 6th floor of the Prada shop in Omotesando. He is a talented artist dealing with “Interactive Lighting Design and Retail Environments”. I actually had no idea who he was until I found out he is the […]

ResFest 2004

My good friend Gaku is quoted in this article on ResFest 2004 over at The Japan Times Online. This time, look for Tokyo-born Gaku Kinoshita’s entry, “For Your Blossom…” The six-minute animated film tells the story of a little boy soldiering through a big, indifferent world and an encounter that will free him from his […]

Tiny Tokyo

[cityofsound] In last month’s Wallpaper* magazine (“Size matters” cover), a typically luscious photospread juxtaposed a series of groovy objects on to some wonderfully detailed and massive models of New York, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Checking the resources section at the back of the mag, turns out the models are from the Mori Urban Institute for the […]


    Based in Paris & Tokyo, Paul Baron is a senior product manager for hire. Ex-@AQworks. Co-founder of cultural platform Tokyo Art Beat.
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