Did you know: When Miranda Kerr is not strutting her stuff on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, she spends her day hoarding pink detergent and speaking Japanese? While the video does not contain any lingerie, it’s good to know that if at any point in the future you share an intimate moment with Miranda Kerr, both of you can converse in the language of samurais and ninjas.
The Japanese have already invented Necomimi cat ears to help accelerate healthy self-expression in all of humanity, so what’s left, naturally, is for UK-based art collective Greyworld, to design the ‘most expressive, controllable, and playful tail there could be’. The four-man team has just ended a successful fundraising run on Kickstarter, and the first batch […]
Japan’s Cuushe, has created yet another series of melodies counteracting the chaos of her hometown. The Tokyo-raised artist writes songs for flying; for floating in the landscape of soft twinkles and barely distinguishable words that fade into the notes behind her. Girl by Cuushe
In 1993, the people of Inakadate, Japan faced a problem: 2,000 years of rice agriculture was not enough to generate revenue for the town. Devising plans to garner tourist attention, the locals embraced their agricultural past and developed a new art form: Tanbo (rice paddy) Art.
When Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami fell deathly ill at the age of 45, he often had hallucinations from the medications he took. The incident went on to inspire him and made him aware of just how fragile life can be. He is now exhibiting 12 of his acrylic paintings in Singapore’s Mizuma Gallery.
Forget 3D printers. An innovation by Korean electronics giant Samsung, the Origami is a printer that comes as flat corrugated cardboard panels which you can fold into 3D existence as a printing machine, with the help of some strategic folds. Printer engine included separately.
Enfu is probably the most prolific artist I know who creates Japanese anime influenced graphics. He gives each character multiple purposes: they sometimes work as the main graphic, patterns, products and more. What particularly fascinates me is one of his recent inventions, Trucker hat with multiple snaps. First, you choose the colour and visor pattern […]
I first photographed Japanese folk duo Humbert Humbert at Celtic Connections 2011 in the UK. Despite it being their first ever show outside of Japan, their folk/country/Japanese nursery rhyme-inspired music received a rapturous reception.
Somehow Japan always manages to pull off the coolest stunts. In conjunction with the release of horror film sequel Sadako 3D 2, the marketing peops hooked up with a restaurant in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and got service staff to dress up as the iconic film ghoul and lunge out at customers from behind the counter. Presumably […]
Japanese architecture firm Tetsuo Kondo are at it again following their dreamy outing at Venice Biennale three years ago: they’ve traipsed over to the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and built an impressive cubic two-storey space with a canopy of billowing clouds contained within.
Suage is one of my favorite food spots in the Susukino entertainment area of Sapporo. The nice little dining area is neatly tucked away opposite the big Norebesa building with the huge Ferris wheel on the roof. If ever you should happen to visit Sapporo, this should be your first stop for food. Period. The […]
Katsuya Terada is an illustrator from Japan concentrating on detail driven sketchbook-like artworks. A prolific artist, he has done more than 1000 sketches and recently had a ten year retrospective show at the Kyotos International Manga Museum. He was also the character-designer for many video games, including Sega’s ground breaking fighting game, Virtua Fighter 2, […]
I couldn’t pick between all the real-life TV series my friends were imploring me to get into, so instead I chose a Japanese soccer cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid. Aoki Densetsu Shoot is hilarious, and contains all the stereotypical quirks one would expect from anime.
Playing with fire takes the literal meaning here. Osaka-based artist Hiromi Hirasaka saw boring matchsticks as a potential blank canvas, so started drawing Kokeshi-style faces on the match heads, creating these super cute and quirky design pieces.
Haha, blogger and TV host La Carmina just compiled a visual list that illustrates Japan’s obsession with cats. Yes, Hello Kitty was just the visible tip of the iceberg. From cat cupcakes to cat jewellery to cat cosplay, don’t say we didn’t warn you.