Audio Architecture 21_21

Visited Audio Architecture exhibition at 21_21

Was thinking how to describe the experience, but I find it quite difficult.

Music by Cornelius, Graphics, film, animation combined together.

As 21_21 sight says:

The exhibition tries to construct a type of “audio architecture” by repeating the music paired to various films over and over, in the space dynamically designed by Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall). Please come and discover a fresh perspective on music in the venue integrating sound, video and space.

But I am sure it still does not explain what to expect.

A few photos may help:

21_21 Audio Architecture

21_21 Audio Architecture

21_21 Audio Architecture


Call me Avi Choo

Just finished my latest Leather Craft project, a Black leather (Crocodile shaped) Clutch Bag.

What I am proud of:

Overall the design is good, usability and choice of thread color, including the Studs usage.

First time I use studs as a decorative element, and I have a feeling I will do it again with this leather.

What I need to improve:

Accuracy. Even 1mm off when cutting the leather, distorts the bag slightly.   I think most people will not notice, but I do.

Showing the process from the finished bag to the first design phase.


Fuji Rock

Another year that I did not go to Fuji Rock.

Thinking about it every year, but the logistics around it discourage me.

Had dinner on Friday and the sommelier told me he is planning to go on the following day on a one day trip.  Actually a good idea, though a bit difficult driving back after a full day at a music festival.

This year, I watched over youtube.



The book, not the place.

Started reading it in Japanese, which proves a harder task than I expected. Will not give up and continue to read, but the pace and flow are discouraging.

It is difficult to read, the temple/buddhism related terms, grammar and what Mishima Yukio is trying to convey makes it a challenge.

Now should I insist finishing this before moving to another book, or try to read two in parallel.



Portrayal of Japanese in Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko”, Part 2

As I previously wrote  , I have a problem with the way the book portrays Japanese.
Again, I am certain Koreans were discriminated, and maybe even up to this day, but still the book reads like political propaganda.

What bothers me even more is in-accuracies:

  1. Noa managed to run away, get married and have 4 children with a fake name.   This is impossible in Japan (or any other country).  Japanese registration goes by Koseki (戸籍) , a family registration. One cannot break or fake one.
  2. Foreign registration.   I also had to go through foreign registration until I could get permanent residence.
    Normal and non-discriminating.  Koreans had the choice of becoming Japanese, but the characters in the book chose not to do that. Either one is Korean (with Korean passport) or Japanese.   No way in between and again, not discriminating.

Will finish reading this book, but can’t recommend it.

Portrayal of Japanese in Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko”

Maybe too early to write this, as I am only halfway through the book.

But until now I could not find even one positive Japanese character. All characters are either bad, neutral or greedy, exploiting the Korean workers.

In Japan times Article , it is mentioned:

Lee never casts Japanese as villains. There is no resentment, only fraught, complex interaction. Lee thinks it unfair to blame modern Japan for the past — but what might the future hold for Koreans and Japanese?

Which I find to be wrong.

I almost regret buying and reading this book, but feel obliged to read to the end.

I do not say that Korean did not suffer from Japanese occupation, discrimination and exploitation, but it feels almost a political book that cannot find “good” or “kind ” Japanese.

Can I get my money back ?