Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shiroube Local Art Support Project goes to Art Show Busan!

Shiroube Local Art Support Project goes to Art Show Busan!

One of our favorites and supported artist Hisahiro Fukasawa, fine artist restructuring Japanese traditional design technique by modern digital technology, presents his latest work in Art Show Busan.

Hisahiro Fukasawa

2013: LUMINE meets art AWARD 2013 / Silver prize
1976: Born in Nagano prefecture in Japan
1999: Graduated from Osaka University of Arts
2001: Graduated from Kuwasawa Design School
Living in Tokyo Japan

Solo Exhibition:
2010: The Art complex Center of Tokyo

Group Exhibition:
2013: The Art complex Center of Tokyo

Busan Art Show

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Best Travel Mobile Apps

The Best Travel Mobile Apps

Traveling has become more complicated as the world has become more complicated. A great way to make travel a little bit easier is to know which mobile apps are most helpful for anyone going on vacation or a business trip.

Tripit is a handy mobile app that offers both a free version and a paid version. The app tracks a user’s airline miles and alerts them if there is a delay in their scheduled flight. All the user has to do is forward emails such as their airfare confirmation, bus or hotel reservations and more. Tripit then organizes all of these emails and makes it easier to access them by organizing an itinerary for the user to follow. It also gives people the ability to share their travel itinerary with anyone they choose.

GateGuru is an app that provides users with a map of whatever airport they are flying into. The app neatly organizes information such as which services, shops and restaurants are near which gates. This helps users maximize their time in the airport between flights. GateGuru works with airports in Canada and the U.S.

iTalk Lite is a very unique app that lets users record the sounds they hear in their surroundings, such as street performances, birds singing, waves crashing against the shore and any other sound they would like to capture.

Hopstop is a great app for those who rely on public transportation when they travel. All a user has to do is plug in where they are and where they want to go and the app will provide them with the bus and/or train routes for cities such as Paris, San Francisco and New York.

These travel apps can be a person’s best friend while trying to navigate an unfamiliar town.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Exploring Stockholm

Exploring Stockholm
A good compromise between elegance , culture and fun in the Swedish capital


Stockholm is one of the most charming, livable and eclectic cities in the whole of Scandinavia. It’s special feel comes from the fact that although Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, this is still a relatively small city compared to most of the other capitals of Europe, which are huge metropolis the likes of London, Paris, Berlin or Rome. Unlike its European counterparts, Stockholm is home to only a little over 1 million citizens considering the surrounding urban area: this makes for a great compromise in between the perks of living in a smaller town and the kaleidoscopic spirit of an European city that has so much to offer to its citizens and tourists alike.

Along side the overwhelming number of green areas, water is a very prominent element in Stockholm: The entire city is built around (and within) an archipelago of hundreds of tiny islands, connected by bridges, providing breath-taking scenery that can even be enjoyed by hopping on a boat and cruise around these little island, passing through something close to 15 beautiful bridges in the process. Many of these islands are host to beautiful private homes, while others feature gardens and little natural havens that are well worth a more in-depth look.

Besides the charming environmental setting, Stockholm offers so much to do in terms of culture and entertainment. Most of the local museums, including the History Museum and The Modern Art museum, are always up to date and very accessible, especially to tourists, who can almost always benefit from free museum passes that come in with the purchase of a subway card (a lot more convenient than buying single tickets for every ride you need to take). One of the best ways to get into the “Stockholm mindset” is to take a walk from the central station (referred to as T-Centralen) to the charming area of Gamla Stan, “the old town”, situated just a few steps away from the Swedish Royal Palace (which, by the way, hosts musical performances by the Royal guard every day at 12pm!).

Gamla Stan might be crowded with tourists, but it’s atmosphere is still far from being a “plastic tourist trap”, with the exceptions, perhaps of some of the souvenir stores around the neighborhood. Gamla Stan offers a wide range of cozy, intimate restaurants, as well as many great vintage stores, where you can find great deals on great clothing, literature and records. After spending a day shopping and experiencing the city, you can get to the chic area of Södermalm, the true hot spot of Stockholm’s night life, where the clubs are crowded with Swedes spending their hard-earned money on their weekend drinks! If you are not the night-club type, you can enjoy an evening at one of the many more casual oriented pubs and restaurant in the city, and why not, take a look at what’s going on at legendary music venues such as Debaser Medis or Cirkus, where there is always some international artist performing for the Swedish audience.


Scandinavia, generally, is not known to be among the cheapest holiday destinations, but on the other hand, pricing is always quite fair where it really matters: For example, there is a very wide selection of hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and apartment for rent coming in several price ranges to accommodate travelers with different budgets, and most of the museums and areas of touristic interests are accessible for free. Restaurants and nightlife can get pretty expensive, but even then it is possible to find countless wallet-friendly alternatives without necessarily compromising the quality.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tips For Traveling With Children

Tips For Traveling With Children

Traveling with children can present many challenges to their parents. Special precautions must be taken when traveling with children of any age, but especially young children.

Children tend to slow adults down so if you are traveling with them you will want to get to the airport a little earlier than you normally would. Often airlines will board families with small children first and this means it is crucial for you to be at your gate before your flight starts boarding. Otherwise your children may hold things up for everyone, which often results in traveling with angry and frustrated passengers.

Bring things to entertain children with during the flight. Depending on their age a coloring book with crayons or a portable DVD player and some appropriate movies may be all you need to keep them occupied for the duration of the flight. If you are traveling with a baby, the TSA recommends that you bring a safety seat on the plane with you. This will keep your baby safe in the event turbulence occurs.

When flying coach with children try to get seats in the first row of the plane’s economy section. In that area you will be somewhat isolated from other passengers so if your children get cranky during the flight they are less likely to bother their fellow passengers. If seats in the front row are not available, children should sit in between their parents. Never let young children sit in an aisle seat because they will want to run around the plane if they can get out of their seat easily.

It is important to have children stretch their legs during the flight. Parents should not let children walk around alone on a plane.

These tips will make traveling with children easier.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Amalfi Coast. The hidden jewel of Italy.

Amalfi Coast. The hidden jewel of Italy.

When most people think about Italy, a few mental images immediately come to mind: Sunshine, sandy beaches, great food, red wine, art and culture. This “shoe shaped” country that sits right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea has got a lot to offer, but it seems like the international touristic market is somewhat stuck in the same network of destinations. Not to take anything away from Rome or Venice, two of the most popular destinations in the country, but when a location becomes so mainstream, it will inevitable lose some of its charm that has contributed to its growth in popularity and iconic status in the first place.

If on one hand, mainstream touristic havens are at risk of becoming overstated, on the other hand Italy has got many hidden gems to offer. One of these hidden gems is definitely a coastal segment located in Southern Italy known as Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi coast has experienced the peak of its popularity from the 1930s to the 1960s, when its little towns, intimate beaches and mind blowing scenarios became a favorite destination of tourists from central Europe and the United States.

Nowadays, the area seems to be stuck in the past, and I mean it as a good thing. It is quite refreshing to travel to the area: the closer you get to Amalfi, the deeper you get into the wilderness of the coastline. Highways make room for beautiful coastal roads. The messy traffic jam turns into the buzzing of the many “vespas” and “ape cars” favored by the locals. While the coast is not exactly the cheapest alternative, it still stands as a relatively affordable destination when compared to other, more popular Italian touristic spots.

The beauty and atmosphere of the Amalfi coast can be compared to the setting of the French Côte d'Azur, but with a more folkloristic, understated feel. The coastline is marked by a series of small and relatively uncrowded beaches, including Praiano or Santa Croce, which would probably be prohibitively expensive if they were located in other areas such as the aforementioned Côte d'Azur.

Unlike many other locations, the Amalfi coast is not that kind of place where you wake up in the morning, find your spot on a sandy beach and lay there for an entire day. Sure, you can very well do that too, but you would miss out on so many things. The adventure factor comes in because you can travel along the coast, check out different beaches (some of which are only reachable by boat!) and visit the many different small towns in the areas, known for the lively craftsmanship tradition (particularly when it comes to ceramics and handcrafted letter paper).

If the pretty sights and heavenly beaches did not sell it for you, maybe the astonishing quality of local food will do the job. Amalfi coast is known for the amazing local cuisines. All ingredients are sourced locally and are as fresh as it gets. Many local restaurant literally have a garden where they grow their own ingredients, while fresh produce from the fishermen is available daily. Seafood is really excellent, not only for the freshness of the raw ingredients, but also because of the simple, homey way of the local cuisine. Amalfi coast recipes are seldom baroque, abandoning highly elaborated dishes in favor of a tantalizing minimal approach that extols the quality of the ingredients.

Tips: Stop by the restaurant in Santa Croce for a cosy and romantic dinner within the setting of a private beach that you can only reach by boat, or get a great pizza at Donna Stella, in the heart of the town of Amalfi!