Yesterday’s topic was about how our language affects our view of past and future. Today, here’s a video of the past and present of New York City. This won’t give you English input, but it might inpsire you to go in search of past/present photos or videos of Tokyo, your hometown, or another city you’re interested in.
A very trippy interactive video of Tokyo, or at least the VR version of it. The interactivity works fine on Chrome and Firefox, but it didn’t work on Safari. I didn’t try IE or Opera. From Aeon videos.
“a misspelling is a lack of respect”
I like the Edgar Allen Poe decoration hanging from their rearview mirror (though doing that appears to be illegal in many US states … how about in Japan?). But then, so is graffiti…
What are some differences between graffiti and street art? Would you like to see more of the latter around the streets of Tokyo?
Two articles to read about street art in Tokyo:
“Explore the Street Art and Murals of Tokyo’s Tennozu Isle” (from Spoon and Tamago)
“Street artists in Japan try to wipe out conservative views toward graffiti” (from Japan Times)
I was in Center-Minami the other day to visit an acquaintance who uses a wheelchair. The area around the station is pretty accessible for people in wheelchairs, but it was hard to find a place to have some coffee in the late afternooon that had enough space for four people and a wheelchair.
This morning on the news, I heard a segment about a “barrier-free app” for smart phones. I wasn’t paying attention, so I’m not sure if this is what they were talking about, but it looks promising:
Bmaps: barrier-free information sharing
Here’s more information from the Nippon Foundation (from July)
And if you plan to do a little research on this topic in English, you’ll find more information if you also use the search terms “universal design” and “inclusive design” and “wheelchair accessible” than if you limit your search to “barrier-free” which is not used as much in English-speaking countries.