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Tanuki says, Be a Good Neighbor

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タヌキさんは仲よくしようと言っています。喧嘩より、どんなかたちでもいいから、愛情のほうがいいと思います。イラストは天才Luis Mendoさんのです。

Why fight over barren islands? Why dream of racial purity and long-gone patriarchy? Why resist the urge to get to know each other?

Another brilliant tanuki poster from Luis Mendo. In a time of rising conflict between Japan and its closest neighbors, tanuki offers his enormous balls as a physical bridge and shared space for international, inter-species, and multi-sexual dancing and frolicking.

It’s time for truth, reconciliation, and love!

Is Tanuki party the only one calling for immediate end to nuclear power?

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タヌキ党は原発再稼働反対を求めます。中野の小学校の前で。

Another Tanuki Party campaign poster spotted in front of a Nakano elementary school.

 

Tanuki Party campaign posters are already appearing everywhere

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今どこでもタヌキ党のポスターが見えます。鎖国のより、愛を

Spotted yesterday in Tokyo. This new Tanuki Party offers more love, less isolation.

What happens after the stations are sealed from the floods?

この東京メトロのポスターとアニメを見ましたか。大きい洪水の場合に、駅を密封します。けれども、出られそうにないです。この後でどうしたらいいのでしょう。イラストもアニメかわいいですが、状況はこわいです。

There are posters in the Metro explaining how prepared they are for floods. There’s an even creepier animation of people moving through Tokyo streets and subway passages, while agents shut the station entrance, air vents are closed, and the tunnels themselves have giant walls to prevent the floods from surging into the station.

I think we’re supposed to feel that the Metro is ready for emergency. Instead, I wonder what type of global warming could cause all that water in the stations. And once we’re all safely sealed inside the stations, then what? Eventually the convenience stores and vending machines will run out! Not to mention the closed air vents.

Teaching a graduate seminar at University of Tokyo

明日から、東京大学大学院でセミナーを教えます。ワクワクします。
Starting tomorrow I will be teaching a graduate seminar at Tokyo University. The course title is “Mega-Cities: Design Anthropology and Urban Landscapes” in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. This master’s and PhD program is taught in English to foreign students, mostly from East Asia. I am very excited to see Tokyo through the students’ eyes. They will be closely observation urban life and documenting it online. My challenge to them is to connect experiential learning with history, comparative study, and theory.

Help Japan recover from earthquake

Beautiful poster by James White.

Tokyo survived the quake with only minor inconveniences (no trains, subways, cellphones). We are concerned about those in Miyagi (宮城県). Here’s a list of places where you can help.

Canadian Red Cross
American Red Cross
Doctors without Borders
Oxfam

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10
USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Ireland: Text REDCROSS to 57500 to donate €5