Category Archives: Asia

How Random Is This

New York City’s amazing Metropolitan Museum of Art is probably my favorite museum in the world and I’ve been to hundreds. It’s also one of the most visited museums in the world with nearly 2 million guests annually. The Met … Continue reading

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Illustration Chronicles

I recently discovered the amazing website Illustration Chronicles: which explores a history of illustration through the images, illustrators and events of the past 175 years. Periodically the editors select a topic to explore. These concepts, such as music, satire, war, … Continue reading

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Tokyo meets The New Yorker

Way back in 2017 I shared a story about a marvelous art and design project that creates faux-magazine covers called , The Tokyoiter, and was reminded of it by a recent post in a blog that I follow. The concept, … Continue reading

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Maps Make The World

Have you ever wondered how cartographers created accurate maps of the world long before the development of aircraft or satellites ? The very informative short video below cleverly summarizes the history and development of maps throughout the ages. NB: If … Continue reading

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Just Another Manic Monday of Miscellany

The coolest doorway in Paris is at number 29 Avenue Rapp . Mondrian’s mysticism: Evolution (1910–1911) A NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM Ada Limón The truth is, I’ve never cared for the National Anthem. If you think about it, it’s not a … Continue reading

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A Real Writer’s Cafe

Every coffeeshop in the world these days seems to be populated by folks busily working on writing projects of some kind. Now a café located in the Koenji district of Tokyo has opened to help writers meet their project goals.  … Continue reading

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What People Read

Regular visitors to TBTP are well aware that I am way too fond of clever infographics. I’m especially kean on the ones that examine reading habits around the world. The graphic above, which was created by Studying in Switzerland used international … Continue reading

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Hotel Art

I have stayed in literally hundreds of hotel rooms over the years, but I rarely pay close attention to the furnishings or amenities. Unlike Japanese architect Kei Endo who focuses intently on her hotel surroundings. She then creates beautifully rendered … Continue reading

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Monday with Murakami

Regular visitors to TBTP are well aware of my admiration for the Japanese author Haruki Murakami. I recently discovered this list of his five favorite books. Unsurprisingly, they are on my favorites list as well. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby … Continue reading

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Book House Library

These days it seems that the most innovative libraries are found in China. The  luminous Pingtan Book House Library is a new library in the rural village of Pingtan, China. It takes shape as an ‘infinitely looping’ staircase enclosed by a … Continue reading

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