The Fantasy and the Cyberpunk Futurism of Singapore

The Fantasy and the Cyberpunk Futurism of Singapore

Gibson describes “the sensation of trying to connect psychically with the old Singapore [as] rather painful, as though Disneyland's New Orleans Square had been erected on the site of the actual French Quarter, obliterating it in the process but leaving in its place a glassy simulacrum.” In 2020, this is only more true of Singapore.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

The ink globbed and dripped every which way, creating a sticky mess that Simonet then dunked into a chemical bath. After washing off the excess color, he let the prints dry, revealing the final images beneath.

Why Japan Is a Rare Holdout in Asia’s Cash-Free Future

Why Japan Is a Rare Holdout in Asia’s Cash-Free Future

(Sayurai went to graduate school in the US, and she made it clear to me that she doesn’t think much of American shopkeepers’ cash-counting abilities.) "It's much faster to pay with cash than wait for a card transaction," International University of Japan professor Soichiro Takagi told me.There is something about the feel of bills, the skill of the shopkeepers in dealing with them, and the ceremonial role of cash throughout life which resonates profoundly in Japan.