Kyoto Wallpaper 2014

Using some of the photos that I took on my Kyoto trip this year (2014) I have put together some high-resolution wallpaper for people to use if they like. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!

Top of a Wall in Gion

Kimonos in Motion

Bamboo Wall in Gion

Looking Through Sanzenin

Figure in Sanzenin

Gion at Night

Kiyomizu-dera

If you click on an image it will open at full size. After the image loads, right-click and download the wallpaper. As they are quite large (5120×2880 pixels) they might take a few seconds to load on slower connections.

Kyoto and Nara Trip 2014

While my father was visiting Japan last month we took a trip to Kyoto and Nara. It was nice to just wander around at our own pace, enjoy the ambiance and snap a few photos. We visited some place that I have been before and a few new ones. Kyoto is a great place to just explore, and unlike most Japanese cities it is quite friendly to navigate, having those fancy named streets laid out in square blocks ;) I do look forward to going back again sometime, perhaps in the spring or the fall.

My Custom Coffee Tumbler – Summer 2014

Shiro at the Beach Grande

Just in time for the heat I have finished my custom coffee tumbler insert for summer 2014. It is based on a beach that I visited in Kyoto on my first visit to Japan. It was this beach that first inspired my to create my “Shiro and Tako” design that I have used on occasion on T-shirts and cup liners. The first day I camped on the beach I found a medium sized octopus swimming in the shallows and had a nice time watching it from a safe distance. The next day was the jellyfish invasion for that summer, so swimming was slightly less enjoyable.

I hope you enjoy this years design.

I have cup liners available for tall and grande sized Starbucks customizable cups (and likely those sold by other companies too). The PDFs are A4 and not letter, but for those of you that use letter sized paper they should print without issue. You can download them below:

Grande (Tabbed) | Grande | Tall

My Custom Coffee Tumbler – Runaway Robot

Runaway Robot Cup Liner

It was about time to put together a new custom coffee tumbler liner for my cup and as I have been using my runaway robot character a fair bit lately, why not make a cup liner? I tend to do purely seasonal liners but it is not really spring or summer at the moment so maybe it is time for a season-neutral theme ;)

What do you think?

I have cup liners available for tall and grande sized Starbucks customizable cups (and likely those sold by other companies too). The PDFs are A4 and not letter, but for those of you that use letter sized paper they should print without issue. You can download them below:

Grande (Tabbed) | Grande | Tall

Runaway Robot T-Shirt

Robot T-shirt Blog

I sometimes like to randomly sketch things and recently I started sketching a robot. I rather likely it, but could think of no real use for it at the time. Then the weather started getting warmer and I started to think about t-shirts. I did pick up some on sale at Uniqlo, but I really like having uncommon t-shirts when possible so I went ahead and did a runaway robot t-shirt design. I was considering making the custom shirt myself, but I do not have the space to set up a decent silk-screening rig and it would be kind of excessive for one or two shirts anyway. There are also heat transfer ink-jet appliqués but they tend not to be durable enough and as none of the decent ones I have used in the past are available here in Japan I wasn’t super-enthusiatic about it. I went online looking for a custom printing service that would both print for a decent price and ship to Japan. That is actually a relatively difficult combination. I even tried Uniqlo’s custom shirt site but their online tools sucked and it was not possible to get the logo at the right size and location using their tool (regardless of image resolution). Eventually I settled on one of the mainstream customization services. I found some discounts for them online so I got a shirt for a decent price. I just have to wait and see how my t-shirt actually looks!

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