Hungry (for giant prehistoric beasts)?

In early ’90s Japan, mobs of hungry primeval men hunted gigantic prehistoric creatures in a series of fanciful “Cup Noodle” commercials featuring stop-motion animation by Kim Blanchette.

Sea food

Timelapse Video

35 years of Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tokyo Skyline

Stop Go Tokyo


The promo video for “ILL MACHINE (x ULTRA BRAiN),” a track off the recently released Nu Riot CD by Wagdug Futuristic Unity (a project involving Kyono of the Mad Capsule Markets), is set in a world 50 years hence (according to Kyono’s blog), where heavily armed gas-masked clones battle giant machines that assemble themselves from trash and set out to cleanse the planet by blasting everything to smithereens. Directed by CG artist Satoshi Kuroda.

Video: Nobuo Takahashi’s animated landscapes

Vintage anime: Evil Mickey Mouse invasion!

“Toy Box Series, Episode 3: Picture Book 1936” (Omocha-Bako Series, Dai-3-Wa: Ehon 1936) is a 1934 propaganda-ish film about a future (1936) conflict started by a swarm of evil, bat-riding Mickey Mouse clones that descend on a tiny island inhabited by peace-loving dolls and cats (including a Felix lookalike). Overwhelmed by the attack, the desperate island residents bang on the cover of a large picture book to enlist the help of Momotaro, Urashima Taro (the Japanese version of Rip Van Winkle), and other traditional fairy tale heroes and characters. After Urashima Taro uses his famous “mystery box” to turn the big Mickey into a decrepit old fogey, Hanasaka Jiisan makes the cherry trees bloom and the cats and dolls celebrate by dancing to “Tokyo Ondo” (an old Japanese folk song). The soundtrack also includes renditions of the Momotaro song and Gunkan March (”Warship March”), a song that is nowadays typically played at pachinko parlors.

Video: Burning piano performance

Secret underground warehouse in Tokyo

In this video, a camera crew follows a city official to a trapdoor hidden in a Tokyo sidewalk, which opens to a narrow stairway leading to a giant underground warehouse stocked with emergency supplies.

Located 20 meters (65 ft) underground, the 1,480 square meter (16,000 sq ft) space contains emergency supplies to be distributed to the public in the event of a major earthquake. Items include 5,000 blankets, 8,000 rugs, 4,000 candles, 300 cooking pots, 200 t-shirts, and emergency medical supplies. A conveyor belt system is installed to help transport the supplies up to street level.

The underground warehouse is connected to an unnamed station on the Oedo line, Tokyo’s deepest subway. Apparently, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government maintains more than one of these warehouses, but the locations are kept secret.

Japanese custom scooters

These photographs of Japanese custom scooters come from bike shop galleries, auction sites, and Flickr. Follow the links for more images.