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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Matthew Pillsbury: Tokyo at Benrubi Gallery

I have never been to Tokyo, but I have heard stories. Stories of a future city nestled in the heard of mountains surrounded by blossoming trees. A place steeped in tradition but looking reverently to the past. This seemed a fair if not over romanticized assessment. The other reputation; the stories of insane colors, dance machines, vending machines selling anything, giant robots, and hotels the size of minibars seemed an exaggeration. No way could Japan actually be like that, that would be ridiculous. I assume The FRUiTs books are just a small section of the population, just as I assume Godzilla isn't fighting Mecha Godzilla all the time. Painting Japan in this light makes it seem like a whacky cartoon theme park. It seems however, according to Matthew Pillsbury, that Tokyo is actually a futurist wonderland and everything you have heard about Japan is true.

Robot Bar! Cup Noodle Museum! ROBOTS! Cherry Blossoms!

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Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, 2014 (TV14635) 

Pillsbury_TV14605_Hanami #5, Chidorigafuchi, Thursday April 3rd

Hanami #5, Chidorigafuchi, Thursday April 3rd, 2014 (TV14605) 

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Gundam, Tokyo, 2014 (TV14622) 

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Robot Bar, Tokyo, 2014 (TV14627) 

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Tokyo Train Station, 2014 (TV14593) 

Pillsbury_TV14623_Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum, Yokohama, 2014 (TV14623) 

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Film review: THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE (2013) DIR. THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS

Film review: THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE (2013) DIR. THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS