DesignTide Tokyo is a trade show conceived with the vision of continually proposing new products, scenes and ideas. While focusing on interior design and commercial products, this event also brings together carefully selected work from a wide variety of fields. DesignTide Tokyo is also an exhibition space for designers and artists to share ideas and outlooks, presenting from Tokyo to the world.

Tide Exhibition
The core of DesignTide Tokyo, Tide Exhibition is a trade center where new creations and ideas are introduced and exhibited. This is the main exhibition venue for designers, manufacturers, buyers and journalists to gather and confront design head-on.

Tide Market
A place where new creations are exhibited and sold, and market research can be conducted. Tide Market is also where visitors can actually get to pick up the designs and make purchases through direct communication with designers.

Tide Extension
An exhibition of works throughout the city of Tokyo, held at individual shops and galleries that will be connected through DesignTide Tokyo, forming a single exhibition.

Main venue: Tokyo Midtown Hall

Opening hours:
10/30 (Fri) 15:00-21:00 (last entry 20:30)
10/31 (Sat) 11:00-21:00 (last entry 20:30)
11/1 (Sun) 11:00-21:00 (last entry 20:30)
11/2 (Mon) 11:00-21:00 (last entry 20:30)
11/3 (Tue/holiday) 11:00-17:00 (last entry 16:00)
*Opening hours are subject to change. See website for up-to-date information.
*Please note that visitors will not be allowed to enter the venue after the last entry time.
Admission Fee: ¥1000 (one day pass)
Extension venues: Various locations in Tokyo

From 2009-10-30 at 15:00 To 2009-11-03 at 17:00
Exhibition Hours 11:00-21:00

Opening Reception on 2009-10-30 from 19:00 to 21:00
9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6205

Website: DesignTide Tokyo 2009

Directions by subway:

Please come to Tokyo Midtown from the stations listed below.

Roppongi Station on the Toei-Oedo Line (Tokyo Midtown is directly connected to Exit 8 of the station)

Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Tokyo Midtown is directly connected to Exit 8 of the station via underground passageway near Exit 4a)

Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (three-minute walk from Exit 3 of the station)

Roppongi Itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (ten-minute walk from Exit 1 of the station)

photo by: micamica

The 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009

The 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 will be held from October 23rd to November 4th, 2009 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba City. Some of the events and exhibits sound fun like the passenger car test drive program and the motorcycle test ride program. But not everything is for the fast driving playboy — there are events for the family and even the video gamer this year.


Some of the highlighted events include:

Disney Corner
With cooperation from Oriental Land Co., Ltd., a Disney Dream Cruiser will be on display in the East Hall. With cooperation from Tomy Co., Ltd., the corner will also feature a diorama by Tokyo Disney Resort and Disney Motors illustrating a magical world of cars as only Disney can do it.

Tomica Choro-Q Corner
Held every year since the 35th Show in 2001, Tomy Co., Ltd.’s display and retail corner for toy cars has proved a hit with visiting children. Along with this year’s Tokyo Motor Show Commemorative Model Tomica cars (retail price ¥630, tax included), 30th-anniversary edition models of Choro-Q specially produced and designed by George Tokoro (remote-control model: retail price ¥2,415, tax included; coil-spring model: retail price \630, tax included) will be available for purchase.

PlayStation / Gran Turismo Booth
At the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 Gran Turismo Booth, visitors can try the latest release in the Gran Turismo series of games for the Sony Playstation. Players can choose from a vast selection of cars including famous models of both domestic and foreign manufacturers, old favorites, and even the latest models.

Also, visitors who bring a game software of “Gran Turismo” exclusive for the PSP® (on sale October 1st) to the booth along with their own PSP® will receive a special bonus gift.

Book It:

Online Tickets
Tickets to the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 can be bought online from anywhere in Japan and abroad through the e-tix Online Ticket System. After paying online by credit card, your tickets can be printed out at home or the office. There are no service fees, delivery fees, or any other handling fees.

Hotel Reservations
As official travel agency of the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009, Messe Travel Service (MTS) will offer its services to arrange hotel accommodations near the venue for the general public, members of the domestic and foreign press corps, and exhibitors.

For reservations to this event through MTS, 41st Tokyo Motor Show Reservations

photo by kanegen

Comiket – Comic Market – The World’s Biggest Underground Comic Convention

Comic Market or Comiket (コミックマーケット Komikku Māketto) as referred to by locals and seasoned attendees, is this weekend August 14h-16th. If you never been, it’s a great time to go! This event is huge and has over 500,000 attendees mostly in cosplay every time, which is twice a year. So be warned of long lines and Miku Hatsune and Ranka impersonators – never a bad thing.

The comic market is where a lot of underground or self-published(dōjinshi) comics are sold and where a lot of comic book artists are discovered. It’s been the birthplace of many beloved characters and series over the years since it was started. The first comic market was held in 1975 and was started by Yoshihiro Yonezawa.

As items sold in Comiket are considered very rare (because dōjinshi are seldom reprinted), some items sold at Comiket can be found in shops or on the Internet at prices up to 10 times the item’s original price!

There used to be a huge camping out before the Comiket by attendees, but htis is no longer allowed. Still the doors don’t open until 10:30am and you will be waiting a long time for the doors to open if you catch the first train. Either way, its hard to avoid the lines and the wait, but you will be privy to the most underground of comics at this event and that’s guaranteed.

From the Comiket Site:

Comic Market (Comiket) 76

Session Date : Aug. 14th (Fri)~16th (Sun) 2008
Next Session Date : Dec. 29th (Tue)~31th (Thu) 2009

The Comic Market is an event with more than 30 years of history and boasts 35,000 dojinshi publishing circles and 500,000 general attendees. Dojinshi circles come seeking to distribute their creations to others who share their interests. The corporate dealers’ area include corporations which understand and support the ideals of the Comiket. Most dojinshi circles do not aim to make a profit from their activities. Their aim is to interact and communicate with fellow participants through their own creations. Communication encourages creation though inspiration and thereby lays the groundwork for evengreater works to come into being. This is the paramount ideal of the Comic Market.

Rules and Guidelines for Attendees New to the Comic Market

  • We recommend that first time attendees come to the Comic Market in the afternoon in order to avoid long lines.
  • Please use public transportation, such as trains or buses.
  • Taking photographs of people in cosplay is limited to the costume-play public square. Always get permission from the cosplayer before taking their picture.
  • You may only change at the designated dressing/changing rooms. If you wish to cosplay, you must register at the dressing room. (The dressing room is located at Conference Tower.) Registration will cost ¥800. Please be aware that cosplay and masquerading have yet to be widely accepted in mainstream Japanese society. Do not come to or leave the Comiket wearing a costume.

Dojinshi Area :10:00am to 4:00pm each day.
Corporate Dealers Area : 10:00am to 5:00pm on Aug. 14~15th.
10:00am to 4:00pm on Aug. 16th.
Dressing Room :
10:00am to 4:30pm each day.
(Registration open from10:00am to 3:30pm, on the last day only to 2:30)


Tokyo International Exhibition Center (The Tokyo Big Sight)

Dojinshi Area : East Halls 1~6 & West Halls 1~2
Women’s Dressing Room : Conference Tower Floor 1 Reception Hall
Man’s Dressing Room : Conference Tower Floor 6 Conference Rooms
Corporate Dealers Area : West Hall 3~4
Costume Play Public Square : 1st Floor Garden near Restaurant Avenue etc. 10:00am to 4:00pm (only to 3:00pm on the last day; location may change depending on weather)

Tokyo Big Site – photo by: jmurawski

New Friends International Party in Roppongi

There is a New Friends International Party in Roppongi this Sat Jul 25th.

It’s summer and time to get out and meet new friends. This time the party is in prime partying territory, Roppongi! This is a joint party hosted by Hirosuke and Dave Faulkmore.

Different DJs will spin their favorite genres, so expect a mix of music. All you can drink wine, cocktails, soft drinks and lite snacks. All you can drink bar until ~8:30PM. Casual dress code. Smoking allowed outside. So everyone can relax and have a good time, this party we are encouraging people to have at least one strong drink.

New Friends International parties holds parties at various locations throughout Tokyo twice a month. It’s a great place for Japanese and foreigners to meet in a casual setting. Usually there are about 50-60 people, so it no small get together- It’s a party!

Time: Sat Jul 25th 6:00-9:00PM

Place: Saito Bldg 5Fl 3-13-8 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo ~4 min walk from Roppongi station

mobile map

PC map

Price: 2000jpy girls, foreign guys 2,500 yen 3000jpy asian guys

English Website

Tokyo Film Center’s first ever International Film Festival

For the first time ever the Tokyo Film Center will be holding an International Film Festival which will be screening short films made by talented filmmakers who come from different parts of the world. The event will be held on Sat 25th and Sun 26th of July.

So, if your asking yourself “Is this one of those movie buff festivals where they’re just after your money?”, I have to say YES, we are movie buffs but not after your money because it’s a no charge event, yes you got it — NO CHARGE.


So if you are a movie buff or not I recommend for you to come by with friends or family and enjoy the films/live music/ethnic dancers/good food/cosplay make-up and much more.

If your a movie buff you’re lucky, because we have a little of everything for you, which includes meeting the creators of the films, special guests, coming by and seeing our film facility, and much more.

Thank you and hope to see you there.
Tokyo Film Center School of Arts

For more info:
Tokyo Film Center School of Arts
Tokyo, 134-0088
Tel. +81-3-5675-2009
Fax. +81-3-5667-2252
Web Site.
Google Map Directions

Gundam – Standing Tall in Odaiba

Almost ready…This giant 35-ton, 18-meter tall, full-scale Gundam is in Shiokaze Park within Odaiba, Tokyo to commemorate 30 years of Mobile Suit Gundam. The Gundam sports a moving head and is able to shoot mist and light from fifty points on its body. Check out the cool video below.

Tokyo 2.0

The web is going through another round of self-marketing and explosion due to social networking sites and the ease of publishing data to the world. Now we don’t have to have a website, blog, or even a facebook page to get our messages out. There are an increasing amount of web services that will just take your two-bits of info from your cell phone and publish them to the world for you.

But has our digital world gotten too complicated? There seems to be a different service or social network for everything we want to do. We have mySpace for when we want to promote our creative talents or just let people know what we like, we have facebook for friends and to tell people who we are, we have LinkedIn for business networking, we have twitter for friends and the followers, we have blogs to write about what we want to when we want, and some of us even still have websites to host our portfolios and businesses.

Wouldn’t it be nice if somehow we could organize all of these so that we could make updates to all of them from just one location? Why do we have to have twenty different logins and go to twenty different sites to post to all of our self-marketing endeavors? Is there a way to manage these seemingly disparate services?

Well, there may just be. And is this Web 3.0? Or is it’s going to be another service? Of course, its a service and maybe it’s a inkling on what what web 3.0 will be. For now it’s going to be a service that helps you do what you want where you want and organize it all so you don’t have to login in to 30 different services and spend all your time on the machine. It’s going to be a seemingly easy to use answer to managing our work-flow. It’s going to be a service that integrates all these other services and makes managing our online identities a breeze. It’s the new answer to the typical pattern of how our lives work. We build or start using something to make our lives easier then we make ten other things that we think make it’s even easier or cooler, then we try to organize all these into one package and hope we are done, but by the time that happens its no longer cool. So, when that package is built we say “Hey wait! What’s this! That’s new, bright and shinny, and coooooool…” And we start all over again amassing something that makes our lives complicated and cool once more. Had enough? No, never!

The Tokyo Web 2.0 event included presentations on social networking, life-streaming, and data mining that had some great insights into target marketing through the use of currently available open source API’s and other online services. There were some interesting projects presented that might be able to do some serious number crunching and definite organizing, if their services get picked up by the main stream. But, what both of these presentations had in common was that they were using all of the freely available information that they could from every known website, blog, SNS, or life-streaming service and trying to organize it into something that could be a central managing location for our online lives.

Opensocial is Google’s answer to making sense of all this. It’s a technology specification for SNS gadget platforms. So it’s a set of rules that will allow us to extend the use of social data from all the services, be it facebook, mySpace, or twitter, with the ultimate goal of making new gadgets that can display information from all of them and allowing us to use it freely and however we want to make new and cool tools and services.

The presentation given by Toshimasa Ishibashi, a web engineer at Media Technology Lab @Recruit, was a brief introduction to Opensocial application programming. OpenSocial is on it’s way for a broad release here in Japan with Mixi hosting it as an open beta platform, this coming spring. Toshimasa introduced some basic concepts of the specification, and shared some sample code and tips for non-hassle development. He even introduced a jQuery plugin to make developing with the necessary API’s even easier. The video of the presentation can be found here along with slides. The jQuery plugin here.

The other presenter was Dominiek ter Heide. He presented his own mash-up service that organizes your life-streaming information and presents it as an online blog for everyone to see. It’s like a dashboard that includes all the widgets of your life and presents your information to the world. Currently his project, Kakuteru, is an Open Business and he is asking for help from collaborators for exchange in ownership.