In 2005 at Kobe University, a group of 20 musicians, music therapists, 16 people with learning disabilities – like autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome – and their families, formed a music-making workshop that explores new musical expressions. And thus, The Otoasabi Project was born. The group usually collaborates with different artists in various fields such […]
Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori is known for his three-dimensional goldfish paintings created by pouring resin – the material they use for sculptures and not the dried grape that old people love to eat. Badum-tss! He had been practicing his craft for eight years before he became a hit online last year with his life-like creations. Now there are many copycats, but there can only be one master of the three-dimensional goldfish.
Tatsuki Masaru’s Decotora photo series puts the lens on the seriously cool decorated trucks of Japan. These are apparently a reflection of the individuality of the owner, with most of them looking like spaceships from another time.
Leave it to the Japanese to come up with anything. At this point, I’m not even surprised they came up with these weird but cute iPhone cases – or should I say icePhone. These icePhone cases are available for the iPhone5 and 5s. They come in two styles, soda and crunch. The beauty is in […]
What will they stink of next? The Japanese fishing industry, deciding that it needs to up their sales and “catch diners’ attention” are creating fish that naturally contain the flavor and scent of fruit and herbs. Have no fear—these fish aren’t two-headed mutants, but farm-raised fish that are fed food that is mixed with fruit […]
The female population of Japan apparently hated the Classic Burger that being dished up by the Freshness Burger joint. The weird thing was, it wasn’t that the ladies hated the taste of the delicious burger. It seemed to be the size of the sandwich created the turn-off. And no, these ladies weren’t searching for a […]
Fancy a snow trip to Japan? Sapporo are giving you the chance to check out the amazing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival, where you’ll take in the spectacle of this magical winter wonderland, then shred the powder and experience the energetic nightlife of Niseko.
If you want to get a tattoo that’s really unique, here’s some tips. Try to avoid stars, or cheesy quotes, or your soon-to-be-ex’s face. Or you can get a tattoo from Kenji Alucky from Hokkaido, Japan. He employs an art technique called stippling, the creation of a pattern by using various shades of small dots. […]
Sumo wrestlers are making babies cry all over Japan! Why? Because some believe a baby’s cry is “innocent and purifying” and that their cries will help the little babes grow up strong and healthy. Watch the video and judge for yourself—some of the babies you see look terrified and only time will tell if the […]
Kotaro Chiba grabbed my attention the first time I ran across her on Behance. She’s from Japan, and I basically know nothing about her except that I love her simple, flat style. Her people are weirdly long and spindly, with mysterious expressions, and an air of unconcerned, even content, melancholy. Not quite Anime, but distinctly […]
Well, somewhat. We’ve just found out that a bus stop inspired by the iconic scene of Totoro showing up at one in Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic My Neighbor Totoro, actually exists in Saikai City, Nagasaki, including a lifelike statue of the creature. The bus stop serviced by real buses too. If you’re waiting for the […]
This is the coolest idea ever … The Sunshine Aquarium in Japan invented an app that lets you follow penguins to the aquarium. Seriously! It’s a GPS for your phone that captures footage of your surroundings and adds cute animated penguins. Just follow the tuxedo birds and you’ll end up at their home in the […]
Question: Why are manholes round? Why can’t they be squares, or rectangles, or heart-shaped? We’ll answer that in a bit, but first, another manhole trivia! If you travel to Japan, chances are you’ll come across a manhole like no other – the artistic manhole. 95% of Japan’s 1,780 municipalities you will find these public artworks. […]
When Tommy Lee Jones isn’t playing some poker-faced colonel or fighting off aliens to save the world, he’s helping the world of canned coffee stay afloat in Japan. From vending machines to billboards and of course, the hilarious and clever TV commercials, Mr. Jones is a canned coffee hero in the Land of the Rising […]
Japan-based IDPW, which declares itself to be a ‘secret society on the Internet that continued from 100 years ago’, made a Google Chrome extension a couple of years back for spreading love and goodwill in the world: it installs a button, that, once pressed, will proceed to Like everything that displays in your Facebook feed. […]