Naming Tokyo by Aleksandra Mir

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March 3, 2013 by EXCLUSIVE IMAGE OF OUR CHAIRMAN-FOR-LIFE

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PARIS—Naming Tokyo I, ‘GNS: Global Navigation System’, Palais de Tokyo, June 2003

NEW YORKNaming Tokyo II, Swiss Institute, Nov 2003

PHILADELPHIA—Naming Tokyo III, Institute of Contemporary Art, Jan 2004

The idea is based on the fact that Westerners often complain that Tokyo has no street names and that you can’t find your way around without a guide who innately knows the logic of his own city. I always thought that was such a superb form of local resistance – no key! So I felt it would be interesting to start naming the streets of Tokyo with names from Western culture and society, to help us around.

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Needless to say, Tokyo is large and I will need thousands and thousands of names, even for the central area. I have started by asking my friends for help by providing me with a short list of names on any coherent theme, which I will apply to the streets. In return and as thanks, they will have a neighborhood named after themselves

The names will be grouped around any poignant literary or political moment of the West, or any of the most banal elements of our society, which then will be reflected back into the physical neighborhoods of Tokyo. I have asked people to follow their fancy and stick close to their heart. Names in any Western language will do, but I will leave out any references to street, ruecalle, etc., keeping only the name as such.

After the first installment of the work – the map at the Palais de Tokyo in the summer of 2003 – we will continue to try to actually put these names into common usage. This can happen by a variety of means – by producing further guidebook publications, referring to popular tourist spots with the new street names, infiltrating advertising and community planning, and possibly and hopefully even starting to put up street signs on location. It may take forever, but it starts with a blank map and the very first nominations

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THE NEW CARTOGRAPHERS OF TOKYO

Teresa Duncan – Screenwriter, Los Angeles

I made a list of Japanese street names based on a complete misapprehension of the sounds of the Japanese language. These made-up words reflect my total ignorance of Japanese

HINGABUKO, NIAKONIRRI, ASAWASHASAWA, SENGMANGOABA, KINGIUNGPAA, MITCHY TAWA, KIMOSABE, ITCHYASAHIBIRI, GILLANAKKU-NIPPO, NAKUBANSANRIO, PIKKUNATIO, OHNORIKUPIKKU

Jeremy Blake – Artist, Los Angeles

My street names will be themed after the Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street. Each Tokyo street will be a ‘cover’ version of one song, listed below

EXILE ON MAIN STREET, ROCKS OFF, RIP THIS JOINT, SHAKE YOUR HIPS, CASINO BOOGIE COURT, TUMBLING DICE, SWEET VIRGINIA, TORN AND FRAYED, SWEET BLACK ANGEL, LOVING CUP, HAPPY, TURD ON THE RUN, VENTILATOR BLUES, I JUST WANT TO SEE HIS FACE, LET IT LOOSE, ALL DOWN THE LINE, STOP BREAKING DOWN, SHINE A LIGHT, SOUL SURVIVOR

Phillippe Jousse – Gallerist, Paris

This is a list of furniture designers

CHARLES EAMES, ALVAR AALTO, ARNE JACOBSEN, JEAN PROUVÉ, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, MARCEL BREUER, VERNER PANTON, ISAMU NOGUCHI, GERRIT RIETVELD, ETTORE SOTTSAS, GAETANO PESCE, ROGER TALON, LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, JOSEF HOFFMANN, CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH, ANTONIO GAUDI, RICHARD NEUTRA, ROBERT MALLET STEVENS, GEORGES NELSON, PIERRE CHAREAU, HECTOR GUIMARD, JO COLOMBO, ELEIN GREY, PIERRE PAULIN, VICTOR HORTA

Polly Staple – Cheerleader, London

From Posh to Punk, or, Vivienne Westwood’s Collections

Through thinking about Posh to Punk I obviously encountered Vivienne Westwood and all those Japanese girls making religious pilgrimages to World’s End (at the end of the King’s Rd) to her original store. Vivienne Westwood has a duplicate website written in Japanese – that’s how popular she is over there; she’s the Brit heroine of the Jap kids who would, I’m sure, be delighted to have the streets in their shopping district named after her. She is the ultimate queen of maverick chic and Posh/Punk; just look at the names of the collections…

PIRATES, SAVAGE, BUFFALO HOBO-PUNKATURE, WITCHES, HYPNOS, CLINT EASTWOOD, MINI CRINI, HARRIS TWEED, BRITAIN MUST GO PAGAN, TIME MACHINE, CIVILIZADE, VOYAGE TO CYTHERA, PAGAN V, PORTRAIT, CUT & SLASH, CUT, SLASH & PULL, DRESSING UP, SALON, ALWAYS ON CAMERA, GRAND HOTEL, ANGLOMANIA, CAFÉ SOCIETY, ON LIBERTY, EROTIC ZONES, VIVE LA COQUETTE, LES FEMMES, MAN, STORM IN A TEACUP, VIVE LA BAGATELLE, TO ROSIE, FIVE CENTURIES AGO, THE ENGLISH GIRL ABROAD, TIED TO THE MAST, DRESSED TO SCALE

Henrik Plenge Jacobsen – Artist, Copenhagen

Twenty good friends of mine who urgently need a place named after them in Tokyo. Source: The Forbes Index, it is highly unreliable, but what the hell 🙂

WILLIAM H. GATES III, WARREN E. BUFFETT, KARL & THEO ALBRECHT, PAUL G. ALLEN, LAWRENCE J. ELLISON, THE WALTON FAMILY, THE WALTON FAMILY, THE WALTON FAMILY, THE WALTON FAMILY (they need 4 streets, despite it creates confusion, but they rank 6-10), PRINCE ALWALEED BIN TALAL ALSAUD, JOANNA QUANDT & FAMILY, LILIANE BETTENCOURT, KENNETH THOMSON & FAMILY, STEVEN A. BALLMER, INGVAR KAMPRAD, CARLOS SLIM HELU, MICHAEL S. DELL, KIRSTEN RAUSING & FAMILY, JOHN W. KLUGE

Andrew Ross – Professor and Director, Program in American Studies
New York University, New York

Andrew Ross lived for 12 months in Celebration, Disney’s planned community in Florida, during its second year of existence. He wrote a book, The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town (Ballantine), documenting the struggle of pioneer residents to attain the good life

Street Names:

GOOD NEIGHBOR STREET, ANHINGA WAY, PRESBYTERIAN PLACE, OSCEOLA PRIDE, THE NOLEN PLAN, HUCKLEBERRY GRIT, STEPFORD WIFE AVENUE, TUPPERWARE CENTRAL, REALITY DRIVE, SEMINOLE SWAMP, MACARONI GRILL TERRACE, ORANGE BLOSSOM TRAIL, TORNADO ALLEY, FOUNDERS’ PARK, JUNGLELAND, CITIZEN CRESCENT, THE TRUMAN SHOWPLACE, REEDY CREEK, CHATAUQUA ROAD, GOLF COURSE PARKWAY, MUZAK CIRCLE, COMPANY TOWN, ALLIGATOR JUNCTION, FASTER PUSSYCAT MOUNT, HAPPY DAYS, BROKEN DREAMS

Ina Blom – Art and music writer, sometime curator. Associate professor in the Dept. of Art History, University of Oslo

Below is a list of names of prominent Norwegian musicians/bands of the last 20–30 years

BIOSPHERE, PER MARTINSEN, EUROBOYS, RØYKSOPP, JAN GARBAREK, KJØTT, DE ALLER VÆRSTE, KARIN KROGH, PROGRAM 82, DE LILLOS, GARDEN OF DELIGHT, RADKA TONEFF, SUPERSILENT, JAGA JAZZIST, DEPRESS, TURBONEGER, MAJA RATKJE, BUGGE WESSELTOFT, ROLF WALLIN, ARNE NORDHEIM, MOTORPSYCHO

Alexandre Estrela – Artist, Lisbon/New York

This is a list of the areas of the brain that are used for navigation:

HIPPOCAMPUS (SPATIAL MAP), SUBICULUM (SPATIAL MAP, OUTPUT OF THE HIPPOCAMPUS*), ENTORHINAL CORTEX (TRAJECTORY, INPUT TO THE HIPPOCAMPUS*), PERIRHINAL CORTEX (CONVERGENCE OF MULTISENSORIAL INFORMATION, INPUT TO THE ENTORHINAL CORTEX), MAMILARY BODIES (HEAD DIRECTION), PARIETAL CORTEX (ALLOCENTRIC NAVIGATION), PREFRONTAL CORTEX (EGOCENTRIC NAVIGATION), NUCLEUS ACCUMBENS (GOAL DIRECTED BEHAVIOR)

* under active research

Gianni Jetzer – Curator, Zurich/St. Gallen

Because the Japanese love the Swiss mountains. They should have them at home

GÄBRIS, JUNGFRAU, MÖNCH, SÄNTIS, MONT SALÉVE, TÖDI, DENT BLANCHE, MONTE ROSA, GLÄRNISCH, CORVATSCH, WETTERHORN, SPEER, MATTERHORN, PIZ BEVERIN, CLARIDEN, MONT-BLANC, EIGER

Steve Lafreniere – Writer, Editor at Index magazine, New York

A list of New York drag queens

ARIAS, AVIANCE, CASHETTA, CANDIS, LAVINIA, FLOTILLA, GLAMAMORE, HATHAWAY, LAMAR, LEPORE, PERFIDIA, PENDARVIS, RANDELLA, CODY, TOBELL, ZORAYA

Anne Collier – Artist, San Francisco

Fictional street names from movies, songs, artworks, etc.

ALPHABET STREET, SEASAME STREET, LONELY STREET, YELLOW BRICK ROAD, BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS, HIGH ROAD, LOW ROAD, STREET WITH NO NAME, CROOKED MILE, JUMP STREET, DESTINY STREET, SKID ROW, GIN LANE, EASY STREET, TOBACCO ROAD, RUE CASES NEGRES, RUE SAINT-SULPICE, BEAT STREET, ROCKY ROAD, ELECTRIC AVENUE, MY STREET

Delia Gonzales – Artist, New York

The following are my occult Cuban and Mystic Satin names. I know that I would love to visit or live on any of these streets

The Cuban influence

YEMAYA, NGANGA, CABALLO, REGLA, CARIDAD DEL COBRE, SAN LAZARO, EL YERBERO, EL MONTE*, PALO CAFE, CAMBIA CAMINO (This is my favorite. It means, “Change your path!”)

The Mystic Satin influence

SPIRIT POWER, THE SHEIKH, IKTHKKI, TMANV, THE OTHER SIDE, MY ILLUSIONS, MYSTIC GATEWAY

Matthieu Laurette – Artist, Paris

A list of French words that are often used in English (or internationally). It’s always funny for French people to listen or read them in English because they are often misspelled or misused

DÉJÀ VU, RENDEZ-VOUS, CLICHÉ, ATTACHÉ, FIANCÉ, CHAUFFEUR, CHIC, VALET, GOURMET, LIAISON, PROTEGÉ, BLASÉ, DE LUXE, BIZARRE, BUFFET, C’EST LA VIE., DÉJÀ VU, R.S.V.P., TÊTE-À-TÊTE, MÉNAGE À TROIS, VIS-À-VIS, EN ROUTE, RAISON D’ÊTRE, TOUR DE FORCE, CRÈME DE LA CRÈME, MILIEU, SAVOIR-FAIRE, FIN DE SIÈCLE, CRITIQUE, SABOTAGE, CAMOUFLAGE, FACADE, À LA MODE, MARDI GRAS, RESUMÉ, NOUVEAU RICHE

Gurvan Madec – Oceanographer, Paris

Here is a list. I can make it bigger if you want. It is mostly technical terms in oceanography so the French version on the right is not necessary. Even in my work in France I almost always use the English words. If you want some explanation, feel free to ask me

OXYGEN / OXYGÈNE, THERMOHALINE / THERMOHALINE, ZOOPLANKTON / ZOOPLANCTON, PHYTOPLANKTON / PHYTOPLANCTON, COPEPODE / COPÉPODE, GREENHOUSE / (EXISTE) SERRE, VORTICITY / TOURBILLON, ABYSSAL FLOW / FLOT ABYSSAL, ß-SPIRAL (BETA-SPIRAL) / SPIRAL ß, GEOSTROPHY / GÉOSTROPHIE, SVERDRUP / SVERDRUP, ENSTROPHY / ENSTROPHIE, EKMAN DRIFT / DÉRIVE D’EKMAN, ROSSBY WAVE / ONDE DE ROSSBY, BAROCLINIC / BAROCLINE, BAROTROPY (OR BAROTROPIC) / BAROTROPE, SUBTROPICAL GYRE / CIRCULATION SUBTROPICALE, SUBPOLAR GYRE / CIRCULATION SUBPOLAIRE, THERMOCLINE / THERMOCLINE, HALOCLINE / HALOCLINE, PYCNOCLINE / PYCNOCLINE, BOTTOM WATER / EAU DE FOND, INTERMEDIATE WATER / EAU INTERMÉDIAIRE, DEEP WATER / EAU PROFONDE, EDDIES TOURBILLONS /, OUTCROPPING / SURFAÇAGE, SUBDUCTION / SUBDUCTION, OBDUCTION / OBDUCTION, WARM-POOL / PICINE D’EAU CHAUDE, INDONESIAN THROUGH-FLOW / PASSAGE INDONÉSIEN, (EQUATORIAL) UPWELLING ASCENDANCE ÉQUATORIALE, COASTAL UPWELLING ASCENDANCE CÕTIÈRE

Xavier Andrade – Urban anthropologist, Guayaquil and New York City

I drew on my research about the consumption of freebase (cocaine sulfate) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. My list includes native categories regarding ways of preparing and ingesting, names of ingredients, and other expressive forms for celebrating drug consumption. Most, but not all, of them are in some form of local slang and were provided by one key informant. He is regarded by his social network as the foremost authority on the subject of drugs. Aleksandra, this is my way of celebrating his contribution to the lively Guayaquilean oral tradition

BASE TIRADA PARA ATRÁS, BASE TIRADA PARA ADELANTE, PISTOLA, CHIMBUMBO, MADURO CON QUESO, RECICLAJE, CIBERNOY, GÜINGÜIRINGONGO, PIRAGUA, QUESO, MONEY FOR DRUGS, COUGHING FOREVER, MENOS BOCA, MÁS ME TOCA, MENOS NARIZ, MÁS PARA MIZ, EL FESTIVAL DE LA CHICHARRA, BASEROLA, TIROTEO, UNA NOCHE DE COWBOYS, EL REY DEL MADURO, EL PIPA PRIMERO, EL QUE LO ARMA, LO PRENDE, EL QUE FUMA, NO HABLA, OYE, NO ES MICRÓFONO!, EL POSTRE, BUILD-A-BONG

Claude Closky – Artist, Paris

Superstars in the (Clo)sky

Top 25:

ALDEBARAN, ANTARES, SUN, SERIUS, CAPELLA, VEGA, POLARIS, BETELGEUSE, BELLATRIX, POLLUX, CASTOR, ALTAIR, ACHERNAR, KAUS AUSTRALIS, RIGIL KENTAURUS, ALPHA MUSCAE, BETA CRUCIS, ARCTURUS, CEBALRAI, DENEB, ALPHERATZ, RASTABAN, ALNILAM, RHO PUPPIS, ALGOL

More:

SHAULA SPICA ALPHECCA, NUNKI, ALIOTH, REGULUS, MINTAKA, SAIPH, ALNATH, THUBAN, UNUKALHAI, MENKAR, HADAR, PROCYON, SHEDIR, COR, CAROL,I ETAMIN, ANKAA, DENEBOLA, HAMAL, MARKAB, DIPHDA, TARAZED, PHAD

Raimundas Malasauskas – Curator, Vilnius/New York

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, one of the ex-republics of the USSR, which regained its independence after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s. At that time a passionate renaming process swept through all the spheres of culture: the Soviet names of streets, institutions and even towns were changed into ethnic and national ones. However Partizanu Street bore the same name long after the death of Communism. Partizanu means ‘guerilla’ in Lithuanian, and in the Soviet period it signified military guerilla resistance against Nazis during WWII. However when the political system had changed, the concept of ‘guerilla’ changed too—it meant Lithuanian nationalist and armed resistance to Soviet occupation after WWII

Since I grew up very close to the Partizanu neighborhood in Vilnius I chose names of the streets that intersected with this key street. The second twist is that there are nine streets on my list, but thirteen names since some of them refer to the same streets, only from different historic periods

PARTIZANU, AGUONU, ALGIRDO, KOMJAUNIMO, MINDAUGO, MONTVILOS, NAUGARDUKO, PYLIMO, PSEVALSKIO, SEVCENKOS, SVITRIGAILOS, VINGRIU, VIVULSKIO

Jeremy Deller – Artist, London

Two lists of names of people that were instrumental in making two of my works happen

Acid Brass:

ANDY GILLOOLY, NIGEL BEASLEY, RODNEY NEWTON, BRYAN HURDLEY, SHAWN CROWTHER, MARK PEACOCK, DEREK JACKSON, JIM CANT, JOHN CRESSWELL, BRYAN BIGGS

Acid Brass is a CD and concert of a traditional brass band playing acid house tunes (late ’80s electronic dance music). The whole point of the project was to connect two genres of music together that on the surface have little in common. On closer inspection they are related geographically in the north of England; musically, in that they are both forms of folk music; and politically, in that both genres became politicised and associated with dissent. Brass bands, through their ties with trade unions, and acid house through government and police efforts to close down parties and eradicate the drug culture that surrounded the music scene

Battle of Orgreave:

KEVIN COOPER, DAVE MC DEVITT, BARRY ASHWORTH, MAC MCCOUGHLIN, HOWARD GILES, IAN DAWSON, TONY MUNCASTER

The Battle of Orgreave was a large-scale collaboration and performance involving 1,000 people re-enacting a battle from the 1984 miners’ strike. Many of those involved in the 2001 re-enactment were veterans of the battle

Ingo Niermann – Writer, Berlin

The following list is of the titles of the 24 chapters of my first novel Der Effekt (The Effect). The story takes place in an unspecific big modern city. The city has no name and no place but while writing the book Asian megacities were much more in my mind than European or American. A city with no name could be placed in streets with no names. Fantastic

BAD, PARTY, MORGEN, WOHNUNG, NACHT, ABEND, STRASSE, HOCHHAUS, NACHMITTAG, CLUB, PARK, LAND, BUS, BESUCH, GESPRAECH, ZIMMER, MONOLOG, ERSCHEINUNG, TROTTOIR, TURM, VERSAMMLUNG, BAR, ERDE, LAGER

Mika Hannula – Writer. Director of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, Helsinki/Berlin

Here we go –
It’s thematic, and in Finnish –
It’s about the places in Helsinki –
Mostly not their real names, but often known nicknames –
Or they are descriptions of places –
Both subjective and objective connotations, but no nonsense

VASTARINTA, KALLIOLLA, KANALA, MAKASIINIASEMA, LEPAKKOLUOLA, VASTAVOIMA, BAARIKOLMIO, VIISKULMA, SIKAMAKEE, LAITON, ANTABUS, ALKONKULMA, KAMAMÄKI, KLUBIMONTTU, RANTASAUNA, LASTENLINNA

David Ortega – Graphic Designer, New York

When I visit a city for one reason or another, I begin to see parallel neighborhoods or areas in that city that reflect where I live in NYC. I start to ‘map’ my way around by naming areas that look familiar, and where the functions, architecture and kind of lifestyles that people adapt in these particular places are similar to that of neighborhoods in New York. As I walk around I start to make assumptions & observations, i.e., this is the ‘5th Avenue and Central Park’, this is ‘downtown’, this is ‘like our hood’, this is ‘Park Ave’, this is ‘Bloomingdale’s’, this is ‘6th & 50th’, or this is the ‘Upper East Side’. It functions as a mental guide so I can navigate easier and not get lost at every street corner. And it makes it easy to store for future reference. I have always thought of these as ‘mirror’ places that exist in every city of the world. These are the streets of my neighborhood where I live in New York

CLINTON, LUDLOW, ORCHARD, ALLEN, ELDRIDGE, FORSYTHE, CHRYSTIE, RIVINGTON, STANTON, BOWERY, KENMARE, DELANCEY, MULLBERRY, MOTT ST, ELIZABETH, SPRING, PRINCE, GRAND, BROOME, LAFAYETTE, HOUSTON

Chris Holstad – Artist, New York

Here is a list of some Black Panther ladies. There were many at the time who thought the Panthers were sexist. I am sure that some were. These ladies were fighting the Panthers to be Panthers. These are the bad asses. Can a black fist logo be put at the end of the names?

KATHLEEN CLEAVER, AUDREA JONES, REGINA JENNINGS, LYNN FRENCH, LESLIE JOHNSON-SEALE, ERICKA HUGGINS, AFINI SHAKURA, JO ANN CHESMAR, CAROL RUCKER, LAUREN WILLIAMS, BRENDA PRESLEY, SHELLY BURSEY, JOAN KELLY, JONINA ABRAHMS, ELAINE BROWN, ANGELA DAVIS

Craig Kalpakjian – Artist, New York

Of course I’ll use the names of the moon’s seas! They’re all on this moon globe that I got on Monday

BORDER SEA, CENTRAL BAY, SEA OF CLOUDS, SEA OF COLD, SEA OF CRISES, LAKE OF DEATH (LACUS MORTIS), MARSH OF DECAY, BAY OF DEW, MARSH OF DISEASES, LAKE OF DREAMS, LAKE OF DEATH, EASTERN SEA (MARE ORIENTALE), SEA OF FERTILITY, SEA OF INGENUITY, KNOWN SEA, SEA OF NECTAR, BAY OF RAINBOWS, SEA OF RAINS, SEETHING BAY, SEA OF SERENITY, SERPENT SEA, SOUTHERN SEA (MARE AUSTRALE), MARSH OF SLEEP, OCEAN OF STORMS, SEA OF TRANQUILITY, SEA OF VAPORS, SEA OF WAVES

Eli Sudbrack – Artist, New York

I thought about using Brazilian things that are part of my own history and which are inspiring me right now, a mixture of musicians, songs, goddesses, landscape, cities, friends, politics. It’s extremely personal and very intimate. Explanations follow each name:

ÉDER E GERARD (Two hot and beloved best friends)
IEMANJÁ (Umbanda’s goddess, queen of the seas, people send out flowers for her in the sea on New Year’s Eve)
POMBA GIRA (Umbanda’s goddess of sex, women wear her perfume to attract men)
MUTANTES (Psychedelic group from late ’60s, early ’70s)
RITA LEE (Former member of Mutantes, Brazil’s current top pop star queen)
BABY CONSUELO (Brazilian singer, contemporary to Rita Lee, was a member of Novos Baianos)
ANDO MEIO DESLIGADO (One of Mutantes’s best songs, made in 1970, means ‘I’ve Been Sort of Spaced Out’, in Portuguese)
LANÇA PERFUME (Rita Lee’s big hit song from 1980, best song to rollerskate to, also a carnival drug, my first)
MENINO DO RIO (Caetano Veloso’s love song for a surfer, ‘A Guy from Rio’, made famous in a version by Baby Consuelo in 1979)
FUNK DO RIO (A contemporary funk phenomenon from Rio’s shanty towns, with tons of samples and crazy vocals)
TATI QUEBRA BARRACO (A funk musician, ‘Tati Destroy Shanty Towns’ Huts’)
ELAS ESTÃO DESCONTROLADAS (Tati Quebra Barraco’s most famous funk song, ‘They Are Out of Control’)
25 DE MARÇO (A market street in Sao Paulo, an artist’s dream supply heaven, sort of like Canal Street in NYC)
SAARA (Same thing but in Rio)
XICA DA SILVA (A mythological character in Brazilian history, a beautiful and smart black slave woman who bought her freedom)
WILZA CARLA (Carnival diva during the ’60s thru the ’80s, played this role in a very early TV soap opera in which she was called Dona Gorda (Mrs. Fat) and in one episode she ate so much that she exploded and died)
CLÓVIS BORNAY (Another carnival diva, a campier Liberace)
DZI CROQUETTES (The Brazilian version of The Cockettes)
ARPOADOR (The very beginning of Ipanema Beach, the best place to watch the sunset and hot surfers and where my school was located)
PRAINHA (An Atlantic forest reserve and surfer beach in Rio, where I take all my out of town friends)
LAGOA RODRIGO DE FREITAS (Big lake in the middle of Rio, overlooked by the city’s famous Christ statue on top of the hill)
MAMÃO COM AÇÚCAR (A New Wave club in the early ’80s, ‘Papaya with Sugar’ in Portuguese)
CREPÚSCULO DE CUBATÃO (A sort of Goth club in the mid to late ’80s, ‘Cubatão’s Twilight’, where you could listen to anything from Siouxsie and the Banshees to Afrika Bambaataa and where I started my gay life)
MARIUZINN (Tiny tiny acid house club in the late ’80s)
LULA (Brazil’s newly elected president, a former metal worker who was a co-founder of the workers party, Partido Trabalhista, in the late ’70s, during the military dictatorship in Brazil)

Leif Elggren – Artist, Stockholm

There has always been a lot of talking about the similarity between the Japanese and the Swedish people, especially concerning a sort of shyness and a hidden heavy sexual passion behind the controlled surface, so let’s be frank and open minded:

PASSION, KÄRLEK, KÅTHET, SAMLAG, ORGASM, KÖN, KNULLA, KUK, FITTA, PENIS, SNOPP, MUTTA, KUSSIMURRA, JÖKA, FINGERPULLA, TUTTE, STJÄRT, SPERMA, HÅNGEL, SMEK

Annika Ström – Artist, Berlin

Here are my streets. They are obviously titles of love songs, as well as a narrative love story which would fit a neighborhood where you can wander around in being a tourist

Twelve Streets from North to South:

I AM IN LOVE, I WANT TO BE WITH YOU FOREVER, I LOVE YOU, I DIE FOR YOU, I CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOU, I MISS YOU ALL THE TIME, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME, STILL WANT YOU, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT IS ALL OVER, PLEASE COME BACK, I CAN’T GET OVER YOU, I WILL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

Ricci Albenda – Artist, New York

26 Words ending in pt., alphabetized backwards with periods to be included for all (including the abbreviation(s)):

PT., APT., LEAPT, RAPT, ACCEPT, PRECEPT, CONCEPT, EXCEPT, ADEPT, KEPT, SLEPT, INEPT, CREPT, WEPT, SWEPT, SCULPT, PREEMPT, UNKEMPT, TEMPT, CONTEMPT, ATTEMPT, EXEMPT, OPT, ADOPT, CORRUPT, CRYPT

Lucy McKenzie – Artist, Glasgow

Here are some street names. There is no system, they are all just either names of existing streets or could be nice names

BLACKNESS, MMMM!, CHEAPSIDE, GIN, EUGENE, COLDSIDE, POULTRY, MINTO, PERSEPHONE, AHHH!, AUGUST- BEBEL, INVALIDIEN, FLOURISH, BAKHUNIN, LOGICOHHH!

Nicolas Bourriaud – Director, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

A list of imaginary important people: Some important artists, writers and philosophers of our times actually never existed. As they never existed, somebody had to invent them, because they are or were very useful to embody ideas, concepts or artistic practices

Pierre Menard rewrote Cervantes’s Don Quichotte, according to Jorge Luis Borges. Felicien Marboeuf, a friend of Marcel Proust, was “the best writer who never actually wrote”, as told by Jean-Yves Jouannais. Outil O’Toole, literary alter ego for Erik Dietman, published brilliant aphorisms; Zoltan Glovchewsky was a weird novelist whose life was spent mimicking Victor Hugo—one century later, his works were praised by the Perpendicular Society. Last but not least, the group known as ‘Shandy’ (among them Duchamp, Tzara and Kafka) invented the notion of “portable literature”. You can read Enrique Vila-Matas to discover their bio

PIERRE MÉNARD, FELICIEN MARBOEUF, OUTIL O’TOOLE, ZOLTAN GLOWCHEVSKY, SHANDY

Paul Noble – Artist, London

In 1989 onwards I lived in Leytonstone, London E11, a grotty London suburb that was destined to accommodate a six-lane motorway, the ‘M11 Link Road’. I, along with friends, neighbours, concerned individuals and supportive politicos set up the ‘Stop the M11 Link Road Campaign’. Despite its cumbersome name this campaign became part of a larger eco moment that looked to halt the relentlessness of Thatcher’s drive to privatise everything, even our private space. Other ‘battlefronts’ at the time were being fought at Oxleas Wood and Newbury. The Twyford Down campaign was overwhelmed by police and ‘security guards’, but made heroes of the Dongas Tribe. The Dongas joined us in our fight to stop the M11 Link Road. Before the campaign my artwork was abstract and formal. The failure of our fight to stop the building of another motorway was immensely depressing. I was angry that my ‘profession’ was speechless, unable to connect in any way with the complexities of a moment that talked about the relationship between the individual and the state, between real communities and elected representatives, lots of stuff big and small

My first response was to reinvent myself as an idiot artist, a classic case of self-abuse guilt assuagement. I built a special library that represented the books wot a stupid artist like me would read. I drew portraits of the stupid artists that owned the stupid books, and made pictures of libraries with artists shitting on books. The authors’ names I send you are from a list of over three hundred book covers I designed. I know my response to your project might seem a bit obtuse but its roots are very much central to any attempt to reclaim the streets, as they say

PAUL ISHJEW, SOPHIE STREE, ALF UCKER, RUDOLPH UCKER, RUDYARD BASTARD, MIKE HUNT, YEHUDI L. R. YOO, YVES DROPPING, DAN SINGIRL, WALTER WALLCARPET, TRACEY OUTLINE, TOBY ORNOTT-OOBY, TITUS APHART, MICK SNUTS, NEIL DOWN

Mara Mahía – Journalist, New York

Here is my list of names. All of them are towns in A Costa da Morte in Galicia, Spain. It is a wild and beautiful coast named after all the boats that over the centuries have sunk there

Now unfortunately, this coast has been spoiled by the oil from the oil tanker Prestige that sank there last November. It has caused an environmental, economical and political turmoil in the northwest of Spain and across the country. The fish, seafood, fishermen, beaches and the economy got screwed, and in that coast is where my heart lives. Thanks for thinking of me

P.S. It would be great to have a Plaza, called ‘Nunca Máis Square’ (that means ‘Never Again’ in Gallego, the language we speak there, and it is a political platform founded by artists and intellectuals to make sure this kind of environmental disaster won’t happen again)

CAIÓN, BALDAIO, RAZO, MALPICA, CORME, LAXE, CARMELLE, CAMARIÑAS, MUXÍA, PONTE DO PORTO, LIRES, CORCUBIÓN, CEE, FISTERRA, O PINDO, CARNOTA, DUIO, DUMBRÍA, MUROS

Jeffrey Vallance – Artist, Los Angeles

I have selected the titles of my major art projects and the names of places where I have lived

RICHARD NIXON, SPIRO AGNEW, BLINKY THE FRIENDLY HEN, EYE OF THE GUADALUPE, KING OF TONGA, TAUFA’AHAU TUPOU IV, NUKU’ALOFA, TIKI, PRESIDENT OF ICELAND, VIGDIS FINNBOGADOTTIR, LAS VEGAS, LIBERACE, VATICAN SQUARE, POPE JOHN PAUL II, SHROUD OF TURIN, VERONICA’S VEIL, VEIL LANCE, LANCE OF LONGINUS, CANOGA PARK, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, UMEÅ, JOKKMOKK, NOID, LARS PIRAK, TASMANIAN DEVIL

Gareth James – Artist, New York

I took twenty words in Welsh from my parents. Then I asked my Japanese friend Takahiro Imamura to write them down. That and my translation follows in parentheses. He can never understand a word I say, nor I him, because of our accents

COMMLY (Cymru: Wales), BARRDATT (Bore Da: Good Morning), CHRYSOH (Croeso: Welcome), CARIATTE (Cariad: Love), DIOHIMBAUL (Diolch yn fawr: Thanks very much), JOILBAX (Hoil var!: Goodbye), CHELLIJI (Shwd ych chi?: How are you?), PAMMRAY (Pam lai?: Why not?), NAICECAJAJI (Neis cwrdd â chi: Pleased to meet you), LLAJIDA (Iechyd da!: Cheers/Good Health), LLUINDICARDI (Rwy’n dy garu di: I love you), HOLLAND BACH (Rhondda Fach: Narrow Valley), UERAI QUIET (Wela i chi eto: See you again), DACH YAUH (Da iawn: Well done/very good), TEDDIGANI (Tirdee garnee: come and sing), BOIN (Fwyn: sweet) (in Japanese boin means tit or breast), JOIL (Hwyl: passion), GEBANBA (Gymansa: singing festival), ICEDEPHOT (Eisteddfodd: Druidic musical meeting), UTILMENUBOT (Y mae ason: my river), PANEJILLONE (Pennillion: a Welsh song structure in which two instruments or voices begin together, but take different parts and stories, but flow back together at the end)

Paola Pivi – Artist, Alicudi

A list of Italian swear words:

CAZZO (cock), FIGA (cunt), TETTE (tits), CULO (ass), VAFFANCULO (fuck off), MERDA (shit), PEZZO DI MERDA (piece of shit), STRONZO (turd, used as ‘asshole’), PIGLIATELO IN CULO (fuck off), TROIA (bitch), PUTTANA (bitch), PUTTANA TROIA (bitch), FIGLIO DI TROIA (son of a bitch), FIGLIO DI PUTTANA (son of a bitch), PORCA TROIA (bitch), CORNUTO (your partner fucks around), TESTA DI CAZZO (head as a cock), VAI A MORIRE AMMAZZATO (go and get killed), FOTTITI (fuck off), E CHI SE NE FOTTE (and who the fuck cares), MINCHIA (cock), VACCA MERDA (cow shit), VADA VIA IL CU (put two dots on the U; fuck off), CHE CAZZO E’? (what is it?), PUTTANA MERDA (shit), BAGASCIA (bitch), TESTA DI MINCHIA (cock head), MINCHIA MOLLE (soft cock), BASTARDO (bastard), BASTARDO DI MERDA, BASTARDO DEL CAZZO, MIGNOTTA (bitch), FIGLIO DI MIGNOTTA (son of a bitch), ECCHISENEFREGA (who cares), ZOCCOLA (bitch)

Please note that CAZZO FIGA TETTE CULO is an art piece of mine and so is E CHI SE NE FOTTE

Sigrún Hrrolfsdottir – Artist, Icelandic Love Corporation, Reykjavík

These words describe a small string of thoughts, in a place far away from Tokyo. Distance is beautiful

SIGRÚN (person), TOGGI (person), MA KVARTETTINN (Icelandic quartet), GEYSIR, HALLDÓR (person), HORNSTRANDIR (place in Iceland), ÚLFLJÓTSVATN (lake in Iceland), THINGVALLAVATN (lake in Iceland), PRJÓN (knit), HEKL (crochet), SKÖPUN (creation), FEGUR (beauty), CREATIVITY, BEAUTY, HRAUN (lava), BARN (child), CHILD, LOVE, DEATH, MYSTERY, ENIGMA, FINGERS, HAIR, CHAMPAGNE, COMPUTER, SWISS ARMY KNIFE, SYNTHESIZER, DRUMS, GLORIA (person), POCKET DISCO, PIANO, ELECTRICITY, KARAHNJUKAVIRKJUN (power plant), VATNAJOKULL (glacier), AIRPLANE, ASPHALT, ÖRYGGI (SAFETY), THANKS, SAFETY

Andy Stillpass – Former car dealer, art collector, Cincinnati

I like your idea that I should draw on my experience as a car dealer. It seems only fitting that streets should pay tribute through their names to cars. For it’s for cars that these roads are built. Moreover, these are good names! They have been determined in committee by some of the top minds in advertising. Since the Japanese have triumphed in the automotive industry, I think it would be a friendly gesture to honor their colleagues in Detroit. Accordingly, my list of streets names represents the complete model line-up of the 2003 Chevrolet:

CAVALIER, CORVETTE, MONTE CARLO, TRACKER, BLAZER, TRAIL BLAZER, MALIBU, IMPALA, TAHOE, SUBURBAN, AVALANCHE, ASTRO, VENTURE, EXPRESS, SSR, S-10, SILVERADO, KODIAK, T-SERIES, W-SERIES

Ken Hollings – Writer, London

All 25 names belong to individuals who have publicly claimed direct contact with aliens over the past 50 years or so in one form or another. Some are more famous than others, but they’ve all gone on record saying that they’ve either met with, communicated with or been abducted by beings from outer space. I’ve chosen them because:

1) Normally these are people who wouldn’t get a street named after them, but if their claims were ever proven to be true then they most assuredly would

2) Sometimes the most intimate aspects of a culture are revealed by its dreams of what lies far outside it. The Japanese might consequently get a better idea of the West through knowing about those who have had contact with flying saucers (the term ‘UFO’ has in any case been absorbed into the Japanese to describe all manner of spaceships and interstellar craft), plus Western tourists might be reassured when in a strange place that others have been in far stranger ones still…

I have presented the names in alphabetical order for your convenience. All best my wishes to you and the other new cartographers of Tokyo

GEORGE ADAMSKI, ORFEO ANGELUCCI, BETTY ANDREASSON, MARLA BAXTER, ALBERT BENDER, TRUMAN BETHURUM, SONNY BLOUNT, ANTONIO VILLAS BOAS, LESS CHILDERS, DUNHAM SANBORN DESVERGERS, CHARLIE FOLTZ, BETTY AND BARNEY HILL, GEORGE KING, GLORIA LEE, HOWARD MENGER, LAURA MUNDO, LINDA NAPOLITANO, BUCK NELSON, RUTH NORMAN, LUCIA PAMELA, JOHN REEVES, REINHOLD SCHMIDT, WITLEY STRIEBER, GEORGE VAN TASSEL, CLAUDE VORILHON

Designations – By Aleksandra Mir

I have never been to Tokyo, and I have no deep knowledge of it. I only studied the available guidebooks for a week and relied solely on their wisdom for my system of designating my friend’s lists of names to their appropriate neighborhoods

The process started with a general designation of Gurvan Madec’s oceanography terms to the major highways of the city, the main one being OXYGEN / OXYGÈNE (keeping his list as originally written in both English and French). Likewise, Craig Kalpakjian’s collection of the moon’s seas, I gave to all bodies of water, from the largest rivers to the tiniest ponds. BAY OF RAINBOWS forms the harbor enclosed by the already named and existing Rainbow Bridge

DEATH is the first street I placed, located in a northern cemetery at the edge of my map; it intersects with BEAUTY and cuts right into the main railway link LOVE, all from Sigrún Hrolfsdottir’s string of thoughts from Iceland. Thus, LOVE and OXYGEN / OXYGÈNE indispensably run through the whole town in parallel with each other, and at some point even meet up with the SEA OF FERTILITY

Along this naturalist trail, I also thought it fitting to put Leif Elggren’s Swedish erotica terms, KNULLA, KUK, FITTA, not in the porn district as initially intended, but in the area that surrounds the botanical garden. The looped promenade in the garden is somewhat universally called ORGASM, and the three lakes inside of it, LAKE OF DREAMS, LAKE OF DEATH and SEA OF SERENITY. Taking astronomy home, I also spread Claude Closky’s superstars around the Science University of Tokyo. SERIUS, CAPELLA and VEGA are short streets that fan out around it, while SUN starts out as a larger road far out in the west, cuts across the area and thins out as a ray into a walking path in the Royal Palace’s east garden

Stardom moved me into the realm of cool and Jeremy Blake’s Rolling Stones’s covers. EXILE ON MAIN STREET being the main street, of course. This area was the first to open up for Western trade in 1867, when Japan broke its two centuries of isolation, and is still considered the most exclusive shopping area of town. Here, VENTILATOR BLUES will take you to the Sony Center, TORN AND FRAYED passes by the main department stores, I JUST WANT TO SEE HIS FACE leads up to a Methodist church with a 13-meter-high cross on the roof. The two streets that lead straight out of this area south, towards the National Cancer Center, are SOUL SURVIVOR and HAPPY

HAPPY will also take us down to one of Tokyo’s main tourist attractions, the bustling fish market. Together with Steve Lafreniere, we decided that his favorite drag queens, LAVINIA, FLOTILLA and GLAMAMORE, could go nowhere else

It is hard to designate the best shopping area of town – it all seems so shoppable to me, with large department stores in almost every area. But I found that the place where the guidebooks take the young and hip to spend their money on trends and trash should be the area of Polly Staple’s Posh-to-Punk Vivienne Westwood collections: CUT, SLASH & PULL, CAFÉ SOCIETY and ALWAYS ON CAMERA all belong around the city’s main promenade for people watching

When the young don’t shop and show off, they listen to music. Ina Blom’s Norwegian bands RADKA TONEFF and JAGA JAZZIST naturally fit around the main pop concert arena in town. The large plaza outside with parking for 50,000 visitors now goes by the name of SUPERSILENT while the main road MOTORPSYCHO will get you out of there quickly. The lake in the park here is the SEA OF WAVES. If you still want to party all night, Eli Sudbrack, who grew up on Ipanema Beach in Rio, Brazil, will show us the way. Eli sent me the most exuberant list that reflects his life as a never-ending party of friends, clubs and entertainers. CREPÚSCULO DE CUBATÃO, FUNK DO RIO, XICA DA SILVA are now all streets in the central nightlife district of Tokyo

Another, much seedier nightlife area lies closer to the world’s busiest train station, one of Tokyo’s three megastations, this one in the northeast. While I was preparing the work at home in New York, Paola Pivi came and stayed with me for a week. She normally lives on the small island of Alicudi near Sicily, population 100. I told her about this place where 1.5 million commuters pass through every day. She smoked a cigarette, had a think and gave me her topic: the worst Italian swear words she could imagine. PEZZO DI MERDA, PIGLIATELO IN CULO and BASTARDO DI MERDA shouldn’t raise much of an eyebrow around here

In turn, the neighborhood around the central station (a replica of Amsterdam’s central station) I immediately named after Teresa Duncan. Her list of fake Japanese terminology—NIAKONIRRI, GILLANAKKU-NIPPO and NAKUBANSANRIO—is so mind-boggling and central to the whole project that it had to go right in the official middle of Tokyo. This is also where you will find the Tourist Information Center, the Central Post Office, the Communication Museum and the Tokyo International Forum, a highly-regarded architectural spectacle, representative of an isolated nation’s effort towards a new internationalism. Is it never wrong to try hard

The hardest thing for me though, was to find a matching neighborhood for Paul Noble’s lost activist cause. The closest to a mention of riots I could find in the guidebooks was when Tokyo’s forces of law and order donned their riot gear to oust the Takenokozoku – dancers clad in bright pastel clothes, with fifties rockabilly haircuts. But since Western resistance is traditionally born in the universities, I eventually thought to give Paul’s pundit authors WALTER WALLCARPET, TRACEY OUTLINE and RUDYARD BASTARD the area between the main two. The lakes in this park here go by the names of SEA OF INGENUITY and KNOWN SEA. Maybe future generations will need them

A nice way to support an active activism, though, presented itself with Mara Mahia’s list in honor of the Galician villages, MALPICA, CORME and LAXE that were fucked over by a sunken oil tanker last year. To mark the prime importance of this environmentalist cause, I gave it to all the walkways in the Royal Palace public east garden and the main square outside the Palace, NUNCA MÁIS SQUARE (NEVER AGAIN SQUARE). This inadvertently becomes a solemn reminder of the local history as well: the Palace is a reconstruction, built on the ashes of what was left of the original after the WWII bombing of Tokyo

An active form of negotiating this memory goes on daily at the shrine to Japan’s war dead and the adjacent war museum. Here they have such treats as a human torpedo, the submarine version of the kamikaze airplane and an exhibit of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which argues that Japan was forced into launching the attach by American and British foreign policy at the time. I placed Jeremy Deller’s neighborhood here, as so much of his work and the lists he provided deals with the reconstruction of memory and political conflict. HOWARD GILES, IAN DAWSON and TONY MUNCASTER were all central to his 2001 re-enactment of the 1984 miners’ strike in Orgreave

Memory also features in another part of the city. It is the official ‘old town’ of Tokyo, which coexists with contemporary life. I thought that Raimundas Malasauskas’s recreated communist-era neighborhood from Vilnius could work well here. PARTIZANU, AGUONU and VIVULSKIO now surround the reconstructed seventh-century temple, which for so long was the center of Kabuki. After Japan ended its isolation, it also became home to the first Western import entertainment: Greek drama, cinema and striptease

To further commemorate past but-never-ending struggles, it seemed evident that Chris Holstad’s Black Panther Ladies should have the area of actual administrative power. KATHLEEN CLEAVER by the Ministry of Justice, ANGELA DAVIS at the Tokyo High Court, ELAINE BROWN by the Ministry of Home affairs, REGINA JENNINGS by the Ministry of Education and all other ministry streets are reserved for these vanguard women

Close to here lies the Patent Agency and for this, I invited Nicolas Bourriaud, the director of the Palais de Tokyo, to modestly intervene with only five streets of his choice honoring a few invented but highly relevant thinkers, such as FELICIEN MARBOEUF and OUTIL O’TOOLE. And it doesn’t stop with imaginary people. Anne Collier sent a list of immensely popular but fictional street names from movies, songs and artworks that we probably have all heard some time. I put ELECTRIC AVENUE as the main road in the area that has the world’s thickest concentration of electronics shops. I also allocated ALPHABET STREET and SESAME STREET to the surrounding local schools

Ingo Niermann provided me titles of the chapters in his first novel, which plays itself out in an imaginary Asian megacity with no name. His area encompasses the World Trade Center and five major banks, and connects two parks with self-referential street names such as PARK, STRASSE and TROTTOIR. Across one of these parks you find the Tokyo Tower, Japan’s answer to – and pretty much a direct copy of – the Eiffel Tower (only 30ft taller). Nothing could be more fitting here than the streets of CLICHÉ, RENDEZ-VOUS or C’EST LA VIE, all terms on Matthieu Laurette’s list of internationally popular but frequently misspelled and misused French. DÉJÀ VU of course, leads directly up to the tower itself

International camaraderie manifested itself through Gareth James’s utterly incomprehensible Welsh, as transcribed by his Japanese friend Takahiro Imamura. I thought this spirit deserved an area renowned for good sportsmanship and placed ICEDEPHOT, UTILMENUBOT and PANEJILLONE in the sports area, by the national stadium, baseball stadium and rugby grounds. Another route to sport goes via Jeffrey Vallance, an artist with a heavyweight passion for the vernacular and who has lived and worked in many strange places to prove it. To simply honor his oeuvre and maybe provide future inspiration, I named the traditional center for sumo wrestling after him. The main plaza outside of the Sumo Museum thus became VATICAN SQUARE, flanked by LAS VEGAS, KING OF TONGA and PRESIDENT OF ICELAND streets

Mika Hannula in turn gave me the Finnish vernacular for existing places in Helsinki, referred to with nicknames by the locals. KANALA, MAKASIINIASEMA, LEPAKKOLUOL. Don’t ask me what they mean, I couldn’t tell you, but placed them snugly near the Finnish embassy to make it cozy for the expats. Coincidentally, the Korean embassy is also located in this neighborhood. Oh well

A similar principle directed me to place Henrik Plenge Jacobsen near the Danish embassy, but this is also regarded a truly posh area of town with large houses, foreign cars, the Tokyo branch of Le Cordon Bleu and café Michelangelo, the city’s best sidewalk café. So the streets are naturally named after Henrik’s friends, the 20 wealthiest people in the world, and one of them, KIRSTEN RAUSING, is a Dane

Xavier Andrade’s research into Ecuadorian vernacular drug terminology -GÜINGÜIRINGONGO, MONEY FOR DRUGS and COUGHING FOREVER – I helplessly put in the southern hospital area. Delia Gonzales’ Cuban mysticism streets, EL MONTE, PALO CAFÉ and CAMBIA CAMINO surround the Occult Triangle shop, and close to here, Lucy McKenzie gave carefree names to the leisurely paths in the large park: MINTO, PERSEPHONE and AHHH!

Ricci Albenda demanded that his neighborhood be at the waterfront and the streets ordered in a perfect grid. I could only find this on the reclaimed land in the harbor. No guidebooks mention anything of interest there at all, so I assume it is all for industrial use. But here goes to Ricci: PT., APT. and OPT

A bit more lyrical perhaps, but still in the industrial realm, Andy Stillpass’s complete model line up of the 2003 Chevrolet – CAVALIER, CORVETTE, SUBURBAN and AVALANCHE – honors the car industry in Detroit, and fits naturally with the world’s largest automotive showroom, the Toyota Amlux. This area of town is a center for all kinds of high-tech extravaganza and near it lies Sunshine City, where I located Andrew Ross’s neighborhood inspired by his research in Disney’s planned community of Celebration, Florida. Streets such as GOOD NEIGHBOR STREET, STEPFORD WIFE AVENUE, THE TRUMAN SHOWPLACE and BROKEN DREAMS fit right into what has been described as “a city in a building” (basically a gigantic shopping center)

For easy orientation, David Ortega mirrored his own neighborhood in lower Manhattan, OF CLINTON, LUDLOW and ORCHARD streets, exactly as it appears to him today, imagining an equivalent part of town in central Tokyo. I am not sure where this will go yet. I placed Gianni Jetzer’s Swiss Mountains, MATTERHORN, MONT-BLANC and JUNGFRAU, around the maybe-not-so-equivalent yet highest point in Tokyo. Orientation also figures in the list of Alexandre Estrela. I assigned his areas of the brain that are used for navigation, HIPPOCAMPUS, ENTORHINAL CORTEX and PREFRONTAL CORTEX, to the area around the Tokyo international airport

For all its history, entertainment and consumables, I believe the experience of a city is most often associated with the personal relationships one forms there. To help a newcomer along with his narrative, Annika Ström has delivered twelve streets from north to south, depicting a love story from beginning to end. Just walk logically south from I LOVE YOU to I WILL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN. And finally, Ken Holling’s list of people who have publicly claimed direct contact with aliens, BETTY AND BARNEY HILL, GEORGE KING, GLORIA LEE. Nothing could be more traumatic than what you must have been through, but to make sure you are safe even when far away from home, I put your streets near the Tokyo Holiday Inn

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