The Poster Designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Are Crazy – Awesome

I’m not sure what the selection criteria were for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but I’m digging the completely crazy set of images that were chosen.  The styles range from Manga to Cubism to Surrealism and Photography. If you compare these to what we traditionally have gotten the Tokyo posters seem almost out of left field. Hat tip to the judges for taking a chance and choosing posters that are a reflection of Japanese culture, and that take a chance. You can see all of the posters here and read the artists statements about the works as well.


Saturday Eye Candy. “Night Stroll” by Tao Tajima

Night Stroll from tao tajima on Vimeo.

According to Tao Tajima, the idea for this video came to him as he would walk home late at night in Tokyo listening to music. As he walked he would visualize the shapes in his mind. This video is the recreation of what he saw in his head.

I love the nice rhythmic animations that follow the tempo of the music without distracting from the live footage. The 3D tracking matches the perspective of each shot so well, and the simplicity of the shapes just work.

“I simply visualized the images I was seeing,” Tajima tells us. “I think anyone who’s walked home at night listening to music has experienced this feeling,”
Tao Tajima

Tokyo Slow-mo.

Over the last couple of days I have been editing a short video that was shot entirely on a Canon 5D MK II. I have gained an even greater appreciation of that camera in the hands of a skilled photographer. While scanning through Vimeo earlier today looking for editing inspiration and new effects styles, I came across this slow motion video of Tokyo.

The film was shot on a Canon T3i and starter lenses by Alex Lee and shows off some fantastic editing and post work. This video has a great look to it. Very inspiring.

Thank You Building Engineers of Tokyo.

A long time ago I was for a brief period of time an engineering major in college. Actually longer than brief, but the fact remains I didn’t get my degree in engineering, and instead got a degree a few years later in fine art. I still have great admiration for the engineers of the world, and in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake, I am absolutely amazed at the kind of engineering that surrounds the Japanese building codes. Not many structures could withstand a 8.9 to 9.0 earthquake.  Yet in Japan buildings stand tall and proud today thanks to the structural and mechanical engineers that have helped to develop, and perfect some of the world’s toughest building codes.

Hidden inside the steel frame work of Japan’s high-rise towers, there is extra steel bracing, giant rubber pads and embedded hydraulic shock absorber systems that make modern Japanese buildings among the sturdiest and earthquake resistant in the world.The building codes and engineering standards exist today in part as a result  of the devastating earthquake that shook Japan in 1923.  Not one building in Tokyo fell despite the record-breaking magnitude, a true testament to the level of engineering involved in the construction of their structures.

While the tsunami that followed the quake was even more devastating than the earthquake itself for many communities in Northern Japan, tsunami warning signs, towering sea walls and well-marked escape routes offered some protection from incoming walls of water. This is in thanks to the concrete sea walls, and early warning systems that were engineered and built out in the 1980s and 1990s. These sea walls, some as high as 40 feet are Japan’s first line of defense against the incoming water.

My hat goes off to all the engineers and builders that helped reduce the effects of the earthquake and tsunami yesterday.