Using Instagram, entrants are asked to shoot a weekly theme relating to Sapporo Beer and hashtag SHOOTSHARESAPPORO. Each week, a panel of professional photographers choose finalists who will go in the draw to win a trip to the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. This is our favourite entrant this week.
Who does their exercise routine to morning TV anymore? No one. It’s a shame. One of the greatest unknown pleasures of TV in the 90s is Zuiikin English, a 24-part Japanese television series where viewers can pick up a smidgen of English while executing the somewhat banal exercise moves of the Zuiikin Gals. If one [...]
We can always rely on Japan to bring a little bit of weird to our everyday lives, and they’ve just brought it to our daily coffee fix. The Soineya ‘co-sleeping specialty shop’ is allowing visitors to sleep with the girl of their dreams for around $80. And we mean, literally, sleeping. The cafe is located [...]
A new eatery in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district mixes sushi and robots for a unique experience. Ten billion yen ($127 million) to build, Robot Restaurant features LED encrusted tanks, cabaret girls and gigantic fembots steered with joystsicks. For a steep 3.000 yen ($37) admission, you can be served by a Valkyrie ‘robot’ straight out of the game Soul Calibur and enjoy an hour-long caberet of, well, you name it – Japanese taiko drumming, kimono wearing faux-geishas singing japanese folk songs, a vinyl-clad marching band, and young girls dancing in army motif swimsuits. Think Chuck E Cheese with sexbots and sushi – you get the idea.
In December 2008, One Day in Paradise was founded to meet the needs of Australians interested in Japanese Lolita fashion, who previously had to buy their favourite brands online. Originally starting as a home business in Armadale, store founder Marie now operates One Day in Paradise from the back of Visage and Vice in Fitzroy, [...]
Man, it’s not easy being a dog these days. If you misbehave, you might have to wear a muzzle. If you’re a misbehaving dog in Japan, this muzzle might be in the form of duck lips. Instant duckface!
While traveling in Japan, I captured as much of the city-life energy as my camera could carry. But even in such impressive settings, I find the people in them hold the most meaning. The set Tokyo in Black and White presents what Tokyo felt like through the mood of its local people, and their effect on their surroundings.
The project Build Up Japan asked 5000 children from six regions in the country to build the Japan they wish to see, using Lego blocks to construct the buildings of their imaginations. The structures used 1.8 million Lego pieces, and were arranged over the shape of Japan in a stunning landscape of tall white towers.
Beauty is commonly said to be skin-deep, but in Japan, it appears that beauty is molar-deep as well. ‘Yaeba’ is an increasingly popular dental procedure dished out by orthodonists that involves fitting removable caps to ordinary teeth for a deliberately juvenile — or ‘youthful’, as the wearers might prefer to call it — look.
If you’re going to have a giant gas tank sitting around, why not decorate it? These Japanese gas companies have the right idea. They turned their otherwise drab gas tanks into fun and colorful murals. I think the Kirby ones are pretty darn clever.
Lieko Shiga manipulates the physical world of photography to create images of mystery and hidden depth. She was born in Japan, but went to the Chelsea School of Art in London to study, even though she hardly knew English. In the same way she had to come to a new place to learn photographer, looking at her work is akin to stepping into a new world.
When the kids from one of Ishinomaki’s elementary schools, Watanona, were handed disaster debris from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami to create art from, they sculpted playful inventions such as a cat faced telephone, a cone-hat gnome and a pear-shaped salaryman with pine fruit hair. It shows how even the darkest material can elicit happiness in the right hands. And in this case, they are tiny hands that hold a huge amount of potential.
I am very fond of those souls forever deviating from the creative norm, which may be why Kitbashing has always been so interesting to me (although the original Star Wars Trilogy probably had quite a bit to do with this as well). Here are a bunch of madcap creations that could only really come from Japan. Made from the parts of innumerable sources, these make me wish I had this knowledge when I was a kid.
Yusuke Hayashi studied Architecture and Installation in college. However, he was always fascinated by the beauty of the flower after working in 2009 part-time at a florist. After graduation and working at a flower design company, he now works independently, exploring the powerful potential of the nature in our world. This work shows the reversed relationship between human and nature. In this piece, the human is the vessel; the plants are in charge. Now the plants have a stronger will and the human, who used to be in charge, has turned into an object.