The Terminal: Co-Working Space Kyoto

Everytime I need to sit down and get some work done, I head to The Terminal near my home in Kyoto, Japan. I've tried out a lot of different co-working spaces in Kyoto, but this one is by far my favorite. It's quiet, serene, and a good price at 円1295 per day (about $13). They also have an hourly fee, but I always use the daily fee.

Downstairs is a cafe that serves Matcha Tea and Coffee. Both are delicious! The coffee is a custom blend made just for this place and the Matcha Tea is hand prepared.

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Now, let's talk about the building. This place is georgeous. It's definitely a place Steve Jobs would have approved for proper Apple product usage. It's totally Japanese style (和室) and it wouldn't be out of place to wear a kimono and a katana around here, but then I would just be a a try-hard foreigner (がんばりすぎる外人) now wouldn't I?

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There are many co-working spaces in Kyoto, but I find that at The Terminal I am more comfortable, and therefore more productive, than at any of the others. I also like that I don't have to do a complicated signup process or pay a monthly fee. Also, they let me do pushups in the garden EDIT: Actually I'm not supposed to do pushups in the garden, ooops.

This is an example of what not to do at The Terminal.

This is an example of what not to do at The Terminal.

The Terminal Kyoto only has a Facebook Page at the moment: https://www.facebook.com/theterminal02

There is another Terminal in Tokyo as well! Check it out: http://theterminal.jp/

 

Ferns

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Considiring that I am possibly the worlds biggest E.T. fan, I feel inspiration every time I see a patch of mysterious plant life. While hiking in a forest near Kyoto I filmed a bunch of random ferny shots with my iPhone using an olloclip telephoto lens. I wanted to see if I could succesfully composite a cinema4d object into the scene in a few hours. The render/composite test was successful I think, but now, what I should I do with this incredible illusionary power?

P.S. I think this video should be in the "random shapes flying in a forest for no reason" category on vimeo

 

障子 Shoji Installation Concept Animation

 Concept animation for an installation by Edwon

 Concept animation for an installation by Edwon

I'm currently preparing to do a projection mapping / interactive installation in Kyoto, Japan with friend Eddie Lee of Funktronic Labs. From the brainstorming process the idea of a shoji (traditional japanese door) floating around in the forest sparked our imaginations.

As the shoji is pushed back and forth by a guest, the world seen through the paper moves and reacts to it's own position as well as the viewers. The end result is a window into another world. 

This design would use a single rear projector. To track the position of the door and match the projection to it, we'll use four infrared LED's and an infrared camera. Software tool of choice remains undecided, perhaps Touch Designer or the legendary Funk Engine (Eddie's handcrafted engine).

p.s. the art inside the shoji is temporary and meant only as an example, but if your into it I don't mind