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. […]
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.