Atsugi Keishin Haunted Haikyo Hospital R.I.P.

(Mainichi)
ATSUGI, Kanagawa — A shutdown hospital here widely known for being “haunted” and the site of petty crime has been bought by the city and is set be demolished and have its land redeveloped into a park, city officials have announced.

According to the city, after “Atsugi Keishin Hospital” closed in 1997, the building has been left to deteriorate, becoming the target of graffiti and suffering damage such as broken windows and a small fire.

The hospital has been introduced as a “haunted spot” on both television and the Internet, and some youths who tried to sneak a look at the “haunted” hospital last year ended up being mugged. The problems have led local residents to complain to the city.

To remove the hospital, the city sought the ownership deed from its registered owner, a religious organization in Osaka Prefecture, but negotiations were stymied by the fact that the land was put up as collateral for loans. However, when the organization failed to pay city taxes on time, the land was seized and put up for public auction. On April 23, the Atsugi Municipal Government bought the hospital and its 2,605-square-meter lot with a bid of 12.63 million yen. The city says it was the only bidder.


Atsugi Keishin Hospital was one of Kanto regions most famous “Haikyo” or ruins. Very creepy little joint that sat on the outskirts of Atsugi and boasted floor after floor of full colour, full sized productions.
Check out http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/ruins-gallery/ for more Haikyo


Random Japan

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Simon True and Dr. Dog in Ex Park Chiba

Hello here’s Simon True of Heroin Skateboars and Dr. Dog painting Roland Rat, Kevin the Gerbil, Kevin Bacon (with breasts) sharing a Japanese onsen bath with Radovan Karadzic. Good day to you.

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Randomness

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Ichasu


I was flippin through Flickr a while back when some crazy trippy erotic cut and paste collage art jobby flew out from the screen. After wipiNg myself off and *ahem* inspecting the author of these,,, outrages, I came across Ichasu!
A like-minded pant rat to swap images with? No!!!
A nasty graffiti thug man-coward who objectifies women with his cut and paste? No!!!
Actually, a 22 year old university art lecturer! A lecturer! Fun, funky, fresh and guess what?…
FEMALE! OMG! OMG! OMG!
I immediately clammed up… meeting Ichasu, a woman, for the first time always does that tttttto little David Sausage. Women. Ive always found it so difficult to hold conversation with them. Mysterious creatures… With their,,, breasts. I was rocking in my chair chewing my knuckles hard as she came in… But wow with Ichasu, straight away we could talk international Eros until the cows came home! I talked and talked and walked her to the Tokyo graffiti shop and after giving her a crash course in can selection, we had more talk. I really talked to her. Now that I’ve actually talked to a woman about naked women without offending her in real-time, real-life I’m going to tell you all about it on my blog in cyber-space,,, where we can hide,,, behind a pseudonym,,, uh,,, look

1) Where does yourname Ichasu come from?
"ICHASU"は、本名を省略したものです。

2) How did you come to love drawing, cutting and pasting, painting and creating so much?
部屋で寝転がって手が届くものを切って貼って描いてつくっています。
そうしたら変なものが出来たりして、面白くなって続けています。
コラージュを多くやっていましたが、今はイラストや漫画を描いています。気まぐれに色んな方法を使って、
可愛いものとか変なものを表現していくつもりです。
つくること全部好きです。
3) You have a lot of erotic content in your work! It's unusual for a girl
to include so much in her work. It's cool, we love Eros here at chottomatte!
When did you start putting erotic things in your work?
What's the reaction from people?
2009年くらいから。
日本の古いエロ本(1970~80年代頃)などを使ってコラージュしています。
エロくないエロ本をつくるためのアートワークです。露骨なエロより少しずれたような、必ずしも男性向けでないようなものがつくりたい。
周りの大人は苦笑していました…ショック!!

4) Tell us about your cool new zine. Where can we buy it?
zineはほとんど作っていません。少し前に"completburger"に参加させていただきました。
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcoiris_testicular/5258251317

漫画を一冊つくりました。http://www.flickr.com/photos/ichasu/5547068342
日本のトラッシュ・カルチャー雑誌"TRASH-UP!!"のvol.10に漫画が載る予定!http://www.trash-up.com/

5) What are your plans for the future?

12月にmogragと言うギャラリーで個展をやるよ!http://mograg.com/
将来は、コラージュや漫画やイラストをやりつつ、ブラブラしたい。

海外もいきたい。

沢山の人にみてもらえたら嬉しい!楽しく生きて最後は笑って死にたい。

You can see Ichasu’s portfolio here: http://jp.flavors.me/ichasu

*English translation to follow*


Jet Set Radio!!!

The Dreamcast console made it’s debut in November 1998 in Japan and was later introduced to the North America and Europe markets.
What sets the Dreamcast apart from other consoles of the time and indeed today is the high concentration of fresh, stylish, innovative and playable games. The Dreamcast console’s lifespan ended prematurely after a few years but in that time so many excellent games became available – Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead II, Samba De Amigo (with maracas controllers). There were some pretty weird, mostly Japanese only releases to boot:

Seaman – a ‘game’ in which you raised your own half fish half man from an egg via communication through a special microphone controller add on.

Tokyo Bus Guide – another ‘game’ simulator in which you learn how to erm, drive a bus accurately around Tokyo picking up and dropping off Tokyoites. Don’t bump the Kerb or it’s game over???

Rez – a fast paced shooting game with unique visuals set to a banging house soundtrack.

Get Bass – you errrr get bass fish by plugging in your fishing controller and ah,, waiting for fish.

Sega Karaoke – here you bought yet another machine add-on which fit at the bottom of the console and allowed you to download the songs of your liking via the Internet and yes, sing them through a microphone controller!

However, there was really only one specific title that caught my eye, a game called Jet Set Radio.


Graffiti, Shibuya, Sega’s arcade freshness and underneath that a really fun game that was and still is very interesting to watch and play. I made it my priority to get hold of this and a Dreamcast as soon as it became affordable and it didn’t disappoint. After a brief challenge to get the hang of the trigger boost system similar to Tony Hawks, you are invited to barge recklessly into rival crew members, rack their paint and get up on the side of a bus in broad daylight in Shibuya bus station! This game is haaawsome!!
Luckily the Dreamcast came with a serious hardware fault in terms of piracy – the laser inside can read normal CD’s burnt on your home PC. If you can find a cheap Dreamcast from Book-Off or ebay and a couple of CD-R audio disks you can burn these games and see for yourself what I’m onnabout. Below there’s a link to De La Jet Set Radio (the limited edition Japan only release) which has extra levels and characters.

You’ll definately have fun playing this game. The soundtrack is radickle, the gameplay is fun and the graphics still fraxilate my cranium over 10 years later. Keep a flying eyeball out for Bristol writer Inkie’s graffiti in there too.

Links

here (.nrg file)

and

Emulators for the Dreamcast and other games can be found here

Discjuggler trial version (trial version burns .cdi files onto your CD-R audio disk)




Penguin Paperclips!

(C) Kunihiro Saito

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When one of the chipolatas came home from nursery the other day and showered me with a bundle of papers something caught my eye. ‘Twas the glint of a silver penguin silhouette slipped loving in the corner. Upon further inspextion one found these joyous critter clips!

This range of cute stationary says everything we have come to associate with great Japanese design: cute, compact, colourful and just totally random.

From Midori’s site:

“The animal-shaped paperclips,“D-CLIPS have always been hotsellers. Carefully and meticulously designed to the last detail, the paper clips artistically represent cherished animals and are among the favorite items of many MIDORI lovers. The D-CLIPS began with eight animals. Then in 2009, we introduced the “Aquarium” series of marine animals, as well as the “Pet” series of house pets. Now, the paper clips come in 16 animal shapes. In addition, this year again, we are offering new, improved versions of the limited-time Christmas designs, which enjoyed high popularity last year. The more designs of “D-CLIPS” you collect, the more fun you have!”

D Clips come in a range of shapes and styles dogs, cats, ducks trucks and horses.
Mini cleaner II will skilfully sweep any eraser residue in the most erudite fashion.
Swingbird correction tape which won a Good design award, spares any blushes with a swift drag of it’s beak!
You’ll never be alone with your new stationary buddies, except if you have an unhealthy obsession with stationary in which case you’ll probably be left alone by other humans.

Take a butcher’s at Midori’s English page here:
http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/english/index.html