This news is interesting. Ambient divices released an umbrella automatically receives weather data from the Internet and lets you know you need to take an umbrella. But it looks heavy and difficult to carry after rain. (I mean I need an arch handle.) For me, easiness to carry (handle, light weight, good length) is much important in umbrella. For those point, this looks good "Katabrella" (kata means shoulder in Japanese). ou attach the flexible tube on your umbrella handle and wind it around your shoulder or back. But it's a little bit uncool looking. I have never seen someone use it. What do you think?
The au design project released some cool design cell phones. Actually INFOBAR(by Naoto Fukasawa) , talby, neon and MEDIA SKIN (by Tokujin Yoshioka) were selected for the MoMA collection. au havs released another new deisgn works "Trilogy". Check this site and look at cypres, vols and kaos. vols designed by Ross McBride and kaos was designed by Bradly Frezer. Kakko iine.
I got a mail about this Eva Doritos.(Thanks Ray!) Japan Frit Lay has release Eva Dritos only in Akihabara. It may be good for Akihabara souvenior. As another food collaboration this might be funny ; "Freshness burger release "SPAM burger" They collaborate with the Homel and release SPAM burger since August 10th. The price is 380yen, you can buy any Freshnessburger until September 10th. I don't need to eat it but I will try this one Koyasan cafe. Nankai Electric Railway runs Koyasan area. Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism that is a sect which was introduced by Kukai in 805. So Nankai Electric Railway produce Koyasan cafe as a campaign of Koyasan area. It's collaboration project with Koyasan Kongobuji. They will have Original sweets with Koyadofu and several Shojin Ryori menu. Also you can try Shakyo (copy Buddhist scriptures by writing), meditation and listening to lay sermom. The cafe will open in September 11th to 16th (only 7days) near Kodomono Shiro (National CHildrean's Castle) in Aoyama. I am looking forward to it :)*