For those asking what sneaker culture is, welcome to my wonderfully obsessive world of hot kicks. Please leave your New Balance at the door. Sneakers – referred to by some old folks as gym shoes – make up a massive part of street fashion, and as of late, fashion in general. People can now be seen in sneakers with everything from sweat pants to suits, and for those invested in the culture surrounding the footwear, every day becomes a hunt for a new, exclusive purchase. In the U.S., sneaker culture … Continue reading →
In 2002, Japanese streetwear brand Atmos did what no other brands had done before: they collaborated with Nike. While the idea of sneaker companies collaborating with individuals to create shoes had been going on for decades, never had a sneaker company worked with a streetwear brand, so Atmos essentially expanded the sneaker world simply by designing a shoe. They chose the Air Max 1, a sneaker renowned for its innovation in 1987 and regarded as one of the most famous sneakers of all time, and combined it with the Nike … Continue reading →
If the campers got a little wild at Shofuso Summer Camp, it was with good reason–the theme for Week Three was animals! Campers made clay planters in animal shapes, carved blocks to make their own owl prints, and sculpted their own koi and turtles. … Continue reading →
Week Two of Shofuso Summer Camp focused on the celebrated animation production company Studio Ghibli. Campers worked on projects involving the studio’s beloved characters, such as the forest spirt Totoro. In addition, the camp’s CIT Ambassadors put together a short documentary about Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki.
Men Without Women is the latest of Haruki Murakami’s works to get an English translation (original publication 2014: translation 2017). Focusing on primarily on past relationships, this collection of short stories shares the grounded approach taken in Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki more than the heightened magical realism of Murakami’s earlier acclaimed works. The 7 stories in Men Without Women span the gamut of emotions, though there is a sense of loss and pathos, teetering on regret that permeates many of the pieces. The men at the heart of each story take … Continue reading →