Monday, 23 December 2013

Yamazaki Mazak Museum

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Mayuko Kanazawa, Masataka Imura, and Ichi Kanaya are going to show their artworks at Yamazaki Mazak Museum, Nagoya, Japan from January 5th. Please come and enjoy.

(Image courtesy of Yamazaki Mazak Museum.)

Monday, 9 December 2013

Thank you for coming to UNLIMITED: vol.2

Thank you very much for coming to UNLIMITED: vol.2. The UNLIMITED is a 90-min talking session of an artist and a scientist. The vol.2 featured Worry Kinoshita (The Original Tempo, Gear, Tokyo Performance Doll, ...) and Ichi Kanaya under the title of "1000 years after".

Monday, 2 December 2013

Sunset Kyoto School (Dean: Prof. Tetsuo Yamaori) has finished the season of 2013. If you are interested for the next season, please keep checking my blog. Thanks.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Participating [email protected]

I wrote a short article about what I got from [email protected]. I was really impressed to lineup of speakers/performers of the event. They are, simply, awesome.

Monday, 28 October 2013

3D Reconstruction of the “Cave” of the Great Pyramid from Video Footage

Yukinori Kawae, Yoshihiro Yasumuro, Ichiroh Kanaya and Fumito Chiba: 3D Reconstruction of the “Cave” of the Great Pyramid from Video Footage

Digital Heritage 2013, Marseille, France.

Monday, 21 October 2013


Shohoji Temple, Kyoto, will have 700th anniversary event in the next year. We, Yuhi wo Miru Kai, has been supporting Shohoji Temple and its Nissokan ceremony for about 4 years.

At this year's Nissokan ceremony Aya Asakura played 30-string Koto with Cello by Azusa Motoi.

Monday, 14 October 2013

You dream, we build.

One of my best friends asked me if I could make a thing that he was dreaming. I asked him about detailed specification --- I'm always impressed his clear and concrete vision --- and ordered several components online. I also started writing a code that would be installed in an embedded microprocessor.

24 hours later, the components arrived at my lab, and the code was ready. I did some DIY works with drill and soldering iron for about 6 hours.

I opened Kuroneko delivery service with Google Chrome and typed in my friend's address. They picked up the new dream device after another 6 hours. These hours were used for dry-run test (and writing an invoice).

Just 36 hours could make his dream real.

And this is what I learned from Tom Chi.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Live Spot RAG 開店25周年記念 Ji Hae Park スペシャルコンサート

〜Live Spot RAG 開店25周年記念〜
Ji Hae Park スペシャルコンサート

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

We are OPEN --- TEDxKyoto

Date: Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Venue: Morita Memorial Hall on the campus of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Monday, 29 July 2013

Pineapple II (model TM14)

It is our pleasure to announce that we shipped 20 Pineapple II (model TM14) computers today.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Welcome to the team

TEDxKyoto has been seeking talented volunteers for making TEDxKyoto together.

Monday, 17 June 2013

June 30: [email protected]

[email protected] will be held on June 30, at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Live streaming will be available at this page. DON'T MISS IT!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Two TEDxs in Kyoto, and more

June 15: TEDxKyoto 2013 Speaker Audition. Come and see the audition.

June 30: [email protected] We are working very hard for making live streaming possible.* The live stream (or a link to it) will be appeared at this page.

September 29: TEDxKyoto. Call for participants will be appeared here. This year's TEDxKyoto will be the largest TEDx event in Japan. Please do not miss it.

* We can no longer use for live streaming of our events due to recent change of their product line. We are not allowed to put any promotional message (e.g. banner, CM) on live streaming screen, that conflicts Ustream's business model of today.

Monday, 27 May 2013

June 30: [email protected] on Livestream

On June 30, [email protected] will livestream the conference on its official page.

Physical Computing

In my lecture Physical Computing at Kyoto Saga University of Arts, students (and I) are learning how to combine Processing programming and physical devices.

We started off the lecture with tutorial of Processing, and then tutorial of Arduino, then finally combination of them. We are using Firmata and Funnel for communication between Processing process and Arduino.

Please check out my lecture record (in Japanese) for more detail.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Lecture Records

My lecture records are now on the web. The latest lecture on Kansei Science featured a TED talk by Denis Dutton. He asked "what is beauty?" He looked back into human history... and prehistory... and even prehuman history!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Tomas Mach is back!

A violinist from Czech, Tomas Mach came back in Japan. Please check out his concert schedule at this calendar.

This time he is with an improvisation dancer Hana, and will play the violin + dance performance.

His performance at TEDxKyoto 2012 is archived here.


Apply now! We are seeking ideas worth spreading.

Monday, 15 April 2013

New lectures

New lecture courses have been started at Kyoto Saga University of Arts.

Introduction to Kansei Science. In this course students will learn (1) fundamental science, (2) fundamental psychology, and (3) Kansei science which is based on (1) and (2).

Physical Computing. In this course students will learn how to make interactive media arts. Successful students will master programming in Processing, prototyping with Arduino, and hack of Kinect sensor.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Monday, 1 April 2013

The Pineapple Store

It is our pleasure to announce that the Pineapple Store is now open as scheduled.

So, what is Pineapple II at all? It is a microcomputer dedicated to media artists. By using Pineapple II you can connect virtually any type of sensors to your Mac/PC. The sensors connected via Pineapple II is treated as a MIDI instrument from your computer, thus you can create your artwork on Quartz Composer (Mac) and/or MAX (Mac/PC).

What does it mean to you? You'll never need to write any code for creating your art work.

The store will ship Pineapple II model 2013 revision 1. Firmware, and schematic of the microcomputer are open under GNU GPLv3 and Creative Commons NC-BY-SA 3.0 licences respectively.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Schematic and source code of Pineapple I TM2013B

Schematic and source code of Pineapple I TM2013B to TM2013D (internally named P113B to P113D) are now OpenSource at GitHub.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Pineapple I (not II)

We finished re-design of Pineapple I (not II) microcomputer. It reads MIDI signal and turn on/off relays.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

More about Kodomo x Machi x Inaka Project

The web site of Kodomo x Machi x Inaka project now has more documents and blog articles. Kodomo x Machi x Inaka project aims connection between kids in the city and elderlies in rural sites --- since we think the kids need nature, and the elderlies need kids, for better development of their lives.

Kodomo x Machi x Inaka project is supported by Kyoto Prefecture.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kodomo x Machi x Inaka

Nonprofit Kodomo Art has been running Kodomo x Machi x Inaka project (blog) under support of Kyoto Prefecture.

The project will hold salon events from 28th Feb to 23rd Mar.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Talk: Hint [23 Feb. 2013, Kyoto]

Kyoto Design Cultural Festival hosted by Nozomi will hold a one-day conference named Hint.

I and Tsukasa Kawahara will host the first session titled "See the Future".

Please check out this web site and join to the event.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

We are still running From the last week we are discussing about Apple's sample code AVGreenScreenPlayer, which does chroma keying by using Core Image filter.

Monday, 4 February 2013

New blog named Technology x Art x Design

Hi everyone, it is our pleasure to introduce our new blog named Technology x Art x Design. The blog will report about academic researches, art works, product designs that are locating at the crisscross of technology and art.

The blog will be updated every Tuesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Pineapple Store will open on 1 April 2013

The Pineapple Store will open on 1 April 2013. The store is dedicated to sell hand-crafted Pineapple II computer.

The Pineapple II is a microcomputer for media artists. It can connect virtually any types of sensors to your Mac or PC. It transferes the outputs of sensors (analog voltage) to MIDI (digital musical instrument) signals so that your Mac or PC can receive the values of sensor outputs.

With the Pineapple II you can easily set up your art work on Quartz Composer (Mac) or Max (Mac/PC).

Monday, 28 January 2013

TEDxKyoto 2013

The TEDxKyoto team officially kicked off for upcoming TEDxKyoto 2013. Please keep watching on our web site for any announcement including new schedule, new venue, speaker audition, and more.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Japan-America Frontier of Engineering

On 17 January 2013, I stepped down from the general co-chair person of Japan-America Frontier of Engineering. I had been involved to JAFOE since 2007, and was at that position from 2009. I couldn't have been happier without such an excellent team.

In 2012, as my last JAFOE event, I and Katherine (general co-chair of US side) held a symposium dedicated for Engineering for X in Irvine, California. It was one of my dream to have that conference among Japan and US.

I'm so proud of every organisers, speakers, general participants, back-office staffs supporting JAFOE.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

PS. The award is not just mine, but yours.

The Day of Earthquake

1.17 is the day of earthquake. In 1994 a great earthquake hit California. And exact 1 year later, in 1995, another great earthquake hit Kansai, where I used to live.

Before 3.11, the day of earthquake had pointed to 1.17. Fortunately I have survived the both disasters.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pineapple Store will open on April 1

Pineapple Store will open on April 1. The store will ship hand-crafted Pineapple II computer (early 2013 model), which will support:
  • direct conversion from analog sensor input to MIDI output
  • up to 4 sensors
  • PWM monitor signal feedback
  • driven by external 5V power or USB bus power
  • software update via USB
  • and more...
All hardware design and software program will be published under Creative Commons license.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Start your blog

Dear friends,

If you want to start a new thing from this year, and you don't have your blog yet, start your blog. You have something you want to share but don't know how to do? Try Blogger. It is really easy, and no ads will be inserted to your blog.

You don't know how to write your blog? Don't be afraid. I recommend you to try Tumblr. You just re-blog other guy's blogs, and you'll get your blog like mine.


Friday, 4 January 2013 is out is now officially renamed to The official web page is

This site has a new address The blog has a new address

Feedburner addresses and Tumblr names are not changed.