Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Sky Tree, originally referred to as New Tokyo Tower, is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower under construction in Sumida ward of Tokyo, Japan. It is the tallest artificial structure in Japan. When completed, the tower will have a height of 634.0 m (2,080 ft).

The project is being led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters (headed by public broadcaster NHK). The construction of the tower is scheduled to be completed by December 2011, with the public opening in spring 2012.

One of Tokyo Sky Tree’s main purposes is as a television and radio broadcasting tower. Tokyo’s current broadcasting tower, Tokyo Tower, is, at 333 meters, no longer tall enough to give complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage as it is surrounded by many high-rise buildings.
Access:  1 km from Asakusa Station, 2 km from Ryogoku Station

The future is here! 3D TV without the glasses!

3D TV without the glasses!

For most people who think of 3D television we imagine a large cinema with red and green glasses, in recent years the glasses have improved with single tone glasses however the real revolution is just around the corner.  While the public has just started to accept HD TV the television and movie companies have been working on the next stage … 3D TVs with-out glasses!

From wikipedia, “Autostereoscopy is a method of displaying three-dimensional images that can be viewed without the use of special headgear or glasses on the part of the user. These methods produce depth perception in the viewer even though the image is produced by a flat device.

Several technologies exist for autostereoscopic 3D displays. Currently most of such flat-panel solutions are using lenticular lenses or parallax barrier. If the viewer positions his or her head in certain viewing positions, he or she will perceive a different image with each eye, giving a stereo image. Consequently, eye strain and headaches are usual side effects of long viewing exposure to autostereoscopic displays that use lenticular lens or parallax barriers. Such displays can have multiple viewing zones allowing multiple users to view the image at the same time.”

Happy New Year!


We hope that you will have a wonderful start to the new year and that all your dreams and wishes will come true.  2010 will be the year of the Tiger, and according to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011.   The Tiger is the third sign in the cycle of  Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs.  It is a sign of courage. This fearless and fiery fighter is revered by the ancient Chinese as the sign that wards off the three main disasters of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts.

The Sign of the Tiger

Courageous, active, and self-assured.  Optimistic, passionate and independent. Rebellious, dynamic, and unpredictable. Quick tempered but considerate.  Affectionate but careless.  The Tiger is a natural born leader and symbolizes power, passion and daring.

People born in the Year of the Tiger are generally well liked because of their charming personalities.  Often, failing at a given task or being unproductive in his personal or professional life can cause a Tiger to experience a deep depression.  Criticism from loved ones can also generate this type of Tiger reaction.

Tigers are fond of competitions. They simply cannot pass up a challenge.  They may appear cool and are unpredictable, and it would be unwise to underestimate their reactions.  Natural  leaders, they have a strong sense of their own dignity.  They are intelligent, alert, and farsighted.  Good strategists and tacticians, they often have a hidden agenda.  As long as they do not risk their luck too often, and keep their restless nature under control, they will enjoy success and happiness.

People born in the Year of the Tiger are straightforward and uninhibited in nature. They will never give up no matter how frustrated they may become.  But, they are also full of suspicion and  sometimes will take hasty action.

They must be aware of how they react to and are affected by the consequences of their tempers.  They should take it a little easier and learn to pace themselves to keep active longer and to prevent early burnout.  They are blessed with flexibility and often recover quickly from illness or pain.

Some people born in the Year of the Tiger are gentle and full of sympathy.  They are kind, love babies and anything that arouses their imagination.  Others can be stubborn and selfish.  Generally speaking, people born in the Year of the Tiger are fond of playing, and full of enthusiasm and sentiment.  Some are  mercurial.  They can laugh happily one moment, and cry the next.  They will be optimistic, but at the next they will lose their heart totally.

People born in the Year of the Tiger take pride in being different than others, and generally illustrate their originality best in their homes.  Their homes are usually filled with exotic treasures.  They are fast learners, need challenge and often work alone.  Some tend to change careers more often because they get bored easily.  They are natural born leaders and perform best if working towards positions of power and influence.  They like to spend money, and also to share it.  They can be quite impulsive spenders because they know they can always make more.

It is interesting that their two main features are rashness and hesitation, a pair of contradictions. If they know how to relax and do things according to the situation, they can become quite successful.

Free design software for Windows and Mac

Are you a designer on a tight budget, you want to use software like Photoshop or Illustrator but can`t justify the cost … then Open Source Software may be the answer.  Open source is a great way to learn the necessary skills to create professional designs for free, we have listed below some of the free alternatives to Photoshop and Illustrator.

Photoshop Alternatives


Illustrator Alternatives


Design your own shoes

Prepare yourself this new year with a set of personalised trainers that are unique only to you.  If you go to the Adidas shops in Shibuya and Roppongi you can create a pair of trainers that are specific to your foot shape.  The customisation doesn`t stop there though, you can choose the design of the shoe, the colours, name to be placed on the side and more.  In the end you will receive a shoe that is healthier for your foot and a one of a kind design.

Prices are:

adiSN 2: ¥16,800 (tax included)
mi adizero: ¥14,175 (tax included)
Bounce: ¥21, 000 (tax included)

Mi Original
mi SS II: ¥13,650 (tax included)
mi ZX700: ¥13,650 (tax included)
mi STAN SMITH: ¥13,650 (tax included)
mi GAZLLE: ¥13,650 (tax included)
mi FRM LO: ¥14,700 yen (tax included)
mi FRM MID: ¥15,750 yen (tax included)

adidas Performance Center Shibuya
Address: 1-3 Fl, 23-5 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Telephone: (03)5456 6810

adidas Performance Center Roppongi
Address: Basement 1F, Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza, Roppongi Hills, 6-4-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Telephone: (03)5771 1020

adidas Original Shop Shibuya
Address: Basement 1F, 23-5 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Telephone: (03)5456 6820

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