Did you know that gawking at this image helped solve cancer? Thanks, Cosmo! And good luck, Louis Smith, at London Olympics (he was bronze in pommel horse in Beijing).
This video left me speechless. Via Tokyo Matt, who wrote, “Some Beijing hipsters were watching it when my friend walked in the room.”
One of the strangest features of nearly all Japanese middle class apartments are their doors– typically metal, short and oddly un-residential to my eyes. These doors define residential living here, along with hallways that are open to the elements, and endless rows of symmetrical fluorescent hall and stairwell lighting visible from the streets.
I was reminded of this when my American artist friend who lives in Beijing and is in Japan for a 2 month artist residency told me about her strange Yokohama apartment door. She didn’t realize how typical and pervasive this door is.
What do you think it looks like? Sometimes I feel like it’s a prison, a submarine, an industrial farm. More recently, these doors seem normal and unremarkable.