“Say whatever you want, but say it well!”

“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)

Therapy for political prisoners

This is a story about a woman in Vietnam who, with her mother, was imprisoned for political subversion. While in prison, they learned how to make these dolls.

“Little Dolls From a Vietnamese Prison Carry a Big Message” (from Global Voices)

“At the prison that Minh Mẫn and her mother were held, inmates are kept apart from each other and completely barred from going outdoors. Reading materials are highly regulated and inmates risk solitary confinement for any perceived misconduct. The roly poly dolls became a therapeutic source of creativity and distraction.”

There’s a 7-8 minute podcast segment to listen to at the end of the article, and you can read more about her case here.

Science, sport, art … and a crime

“Chasing Niagara” is a documentary film about a kayaker whose dream it was to go over Niagara Falls in his kayak. It won an award at at least one film festival and will be more widely available next month. Here’s the trailer:

Other things to read, think, talk and write about:

In the “Jumps and plunges” section of this Wikipedia page on Niagara Falls, it explains that the first person to successfully go over the falls was a 63-year-old woman (a teacher from Michigan) in 1901. She was only superficially injured but said she didn’t recommend anyone else doing it. It also says that to test the strength of the barrel she used, a cat was sent over first. The cat survived. But I bet he wasn’t a very good pet after that. Here’s the teacher, the barrel and the cat: