From November 2013

What a week

Last weekend I spent most of Sunday afternoon writing an article about Japanese web design which I posted in the evening. On Monday Randomwire got slightly above average traffic but nothing extraordinary and I didn’t think much more of it.

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Why Japanese Web Design Is So… Different

In the mind’s eye of many people Japan is a land of tranquil Zen gardens, serene temples, and exquisite tea ceremonies. Both traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, books and magazines are the envy of designers worldwide. Yet for some reason practically none of this mastery has been translated into digital products, in particular websites, most of which look like they hail from around 1998.

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Harmony Interrupted in Nikko

During the summer I took a short trip outside Tokyo to the historic town of Nikko (日光市), a journey of about 2 hours by train. The area is popular with travellers for its ornate shrines and hot springs (onsen). Read more