Just came across Tokyo-Jogging, a nice mashup using the Wii remote and Google Street View. I don't have a Wii myself, but totally love the idea - the recent Street View update has probably further improved the experience.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Via this Japan Times article, I bumped into Vollmer Design's great looking alternative Tokyo Rail & Subway map. The goal was to make the map fit better with long romaji station names, but in my opinion, certain names crossing subway lines could use an outline or dropshadow to improve the contrast. The "ei" in Seibu-Shinjuku for instance is almost unreadable in the online version. Otherwise, a very nice project.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Morisawa Fontpark 2.0 is an impressive Flash sandbox that allows you to create designs with Japanese (and also Western) glyphs. Every action is recorded, and there are plenty of movies showcasing how the various saved designs were conceived and the iterations they went through.
The Geisha entry is my favorite one - it's included below.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
An amazing set of Meiji era stereoviews by Japanese and Western stereo-photographers, assembled by Flickr user Okinawa Soba. I recommend checking out his other sets too, such as the T. Enami glass slides one. Pity of the all-caps shouting and the sometimes overly verbose descriptions, but nevertheless worth a look :-)
Monday, February 02, 2009
A while ago, Goo added an interesting twist to its online map service: historic aerial maps of Tokyo. In addition to satellite images of Tokyo, you can go back in time and see what the city looked like in Shōwa 22 (1947) and 38 (1963). The enormous transformation from a war-torn capital to the current-day crowded metropolis is absolutely mind-boggling. It's also worth pointing out that there is a new "Meiji" layer, which features cartographic data of the Meiji era, and puts the city's wards and boundaries in yet another perspective.