TABuzz #10 with DadaD

Our Guest Blogger gives their recommendations on what’s hot in our new regular column.

poster for Ai WeiWei

Ai WeiWei "According to What?"

at Mori Art Museum
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2009-07-25 - 2009-11-08)

poster for Tokyo Art Beat 5th Year Anniversary Party!

Tokyo Art Beat 5th Year Anniversary Party!

at Super Deluxe
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2009-11-07)

poster for

"A Visit to Luis Barragan's House" Exhibition

at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
in the Omotesando, Aoyama area
This event has ended - (2009-09-09 - 2010-01-24)

poster for DesignTide Tokyo 2009

DesignTide Tokyo 2009

at Tokyo Midtown
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2009-10-30 - 2009-11-03)

poster for

"Taro Okamoto's Red" Exhibition

at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
in the Setagaya, Kawasaki area
This event has ended - (2009-09-26 - 2010-01-11)

In Interviews by TABuzz 2009-11-07

This edition of TABuzz sees more of the performers at TAB’s fifth anniversary bash giving us their tips on what to see and do.


“A Visit to Luis Barragan’s House” exhibition at Watari Contemporary Art Museum (September 9 to January 24)
I’ve actually seen his buildings in Mexico several years ago, and liked his use of color and how he created space. I’m interested in how the museum has revived his work.

“The Okamoto’s Red” exhibition at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art (September 26 to January 11)
I’ve been to the museum before and loved the building space in the forest

CONDORS (dance)
I love watching dance performances. I’m also interested in Ryohei Kondo, the leader of the CONDORS. We both write blogs for ELLE online
[Official website]

I’ve got to see the last stage of the” King of Pop”!
[Sony Pictures website]


“Design Tide Tokyo 2009” at Tokyo Midtown
The exhibition was beyond my imagination. I was amazed by the process of how people “create design”

Ai Wei Wei, “According to What?” at Mori Art Museum (July 25 to November 8 )
He is so talented. I’m becoming interested more and more in the Contemporary art scene in China
Mori Art Museum ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ 2009/7/25-11/8

Shinjuku Tocho area
My friend from South Africa actually took me there. I didn’t really like Shinjuku before, but I was overwhelmed by all the tall buildings around. I recommend people to go for a midnight stroll, maybe when there is a bit of rain.

Forest in Meiji Jingu
I go through the route whenever I walk from Harajuku to Yoyogi (vice versa). You can forget that you are in a city…
[Official homepage]


“Venetia’s Ohara Herb Diary” by Venetia Stanley-Smith
At the moment I’m growing herbs on my small veranda, and this book tells me the smart ways to grow and use herbs.

“A Cheerful Gang Turns the Earth” Kotaro Isaka
I got the book for my birthday present. It’s a high-tempo thriller and fun book for easy reading.


Zoom H2 Handy Recorder
Can easily record with it, so Shige and I use it a lot while making music.

It’s a cassette MTR, and we got it at Rakuten auction. At the moment, we are trying to record in analog ways. Recording on a cassette tape has different tone to digital sound, and we enjoy experimenting.


Otokomae Tofu official web site
I love the illustration and the music!

2nd Closet is an online free market site that opens each season for a limited time.
You can always get lucky finds for unbelievable prices. I’ve participated before as well!


Improv Everywhere
Recently when I went to NY, my friend took part in this art event. At that time, about 500 people joined together and each person received a leash to walk an invisible dog around Brooklyn area. The content changes each time, and you don’t know what you’ll do until you assemble after receiving an invitation mail. I want to try it out one day!


Accessory and bag designer Masako Ban
She is particular about making all her works in Japan, and uses novel materials and traditional techniques to create her work. You can see her work in MoMA shops all over the world, yet is surprisingly not widely known in Japan. She has her own shop in Motoazabu, so if you have a chance to visit the shop, the charming designer herself might welcome you!

Takumi Yuge
Yuge is a laid back, attractive fashion designer. His work has great impact yet has a sense of traditional Japanese designIn the near future, I wish to see his work all over the world.


We are so happy to be a part of the TAB fifth anniversary party for TAB. TAB is a site with a plenty of information on art, and it’s bilingual! We’ll let many people know about it! You should check out DadaD’s live as well!

DadaD is a pop duo Kate (vo) and Shige (sound). They have a surreal atmosphere, and their harmony is surprisingly healing. If you move your body with their hip beat, before you know your mouth will water, entering their psychedelic world. Is DadaD a new kind of drug? DadaD became a boom from myspace. They have released their first album “Welcome to sha la la la la”, and have secretly been the talk of the town. Can’t wait for their new album!

DadaD Myspace Site

DadaD ELLE online BLOG


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