Playtronica’s MIDI Turns Vegetables Into Instruments

Berlin-based creative studio Playtronica unveils its newest innovation, a MIDI device that turns “organic materials and mostly anything that has water inside” into instruments. That means tapping onto the skins of fruits, vegetables and even body parts will produce different notes and samples can be swapped in for the standard sounds, too. The kit can be used with up to 16 objects (attached using included …

Japan’s Very Expensive Luxury Fruit

Japan’s Sembikiya stores are anything but regular fruit shops. Full of fruit displayed like luxury handbags or high-end jewelry, these shops sell strawberries, watermelons and more—for up to around $27k. Established in 1834, Sembikiya is famous for its fancy fruit and the reason it’s so expensive is because of the incredible sizes and shapes. From tennis ball-sized strawberries (which sell for about $4.5k) to square …

The Death of Fashion in Harajuku

For 20 years now photographer Shoichi Aoki has documented street fashion in the hyper-stylized Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku. Despite the neighborhood’s small size, its impact on Japanese culture has been expansive—especially in fashion, where it made popular bold, colorful and cartoonish sensibilities. The area and its occupants have changed, however, with mass-market clothing brands dominating. This has led to Aoki’s pronouncement that street-style photography here …