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.
Between January and December 1979, Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima exhibited his photographs of Tokyo life in a way that was close to performance art. Each month, he would cover the walls with huge black and white prints made up of smaller pieces of photographic paper (developing in real time on the walls). He would often [...]
There’s been a lot of interest over the new Spiderman movie, but every time I look at Andrew Garfield, who plays the new Peter Parker, I just think The Social Web, oops, I mean The Social Network. Apparently there was a Japanese version of Spider-Man in the 70s called Supaidāman. You know what this means? Spiders are universal.
Being an iconic tradition in Japan where being obese is accepted, photographer Paolo Patrizi documents the daily lives and routines of sumo wrestlers through his series of photographs entitled Sumo.
Behold! The Blessed Data Backup USB Guardian Amulet is born. Norton’s fantastic Japan ad promotes its data protection products with a horribly awesome ad. Incarnated as ballsy shrine maidens, the girls of pop idol group Dempagumi destroy ninja-cosplaying thieving viruses before they touch a hair on anybody’s head. I’ve never been this happy to see a virus attack.
So, a horse walks into a bar … no, wait. A man walks into a Burger King in Tokyo and orders a burger made from 1,050 pieces of bacon. That’s right: something like 3 full grown pigs. Yup, and we wonder who the real swine in this case is?
Stephanie Jung is a German photographer with a very individual perspective on urban landscapes. Her multiple exposure series from Japan is particularly impressive, featuring her unique view on areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, Shibuya and Nara.
A four hour bus ride away from Tokyo, this idyllic, fairytale walkway covered in a blanket of flowers, is located at Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan.
This brilliant (in more ways than one) Japanese trend started in the mid-1970s and has gotten bigger and brighter every year. Now Dekotora (an abbreviation for ‘decoration truck’) is a common sight on the roads of Japan. Though not with their lights on. Apparently the lights are so overwhelming that the trucks are not actually allowed to be driven with their lights on. Which is a shame because it costs a small fortune to decorate them using neon lights, and miniature decorations.
This video isn’t exactly new, but it definitely deserves a bit of a bump. Japanese dance group Wrecking Crew Orchestra bust some beautifully choreographed Tron-inspired moves. If you haven’t already seen it, you are missing out.
We’d say only in Japan, but it’s just too obvious. ChatPerf really is only in Japan and it’s ‘the world’s first product to enable you to send a text message with a scent attached to it. Ha, genius! You attach the device to your iPhone and set your preference for perfume. Then, ‘when you send [...]
Finally, a Japanese invention that doesn’t boggle the mind. Well, not as much as usual, anyway. Tokyo-based engineers at Obayashi Corp have announced plans to build a space elevator by the middle of the century. Yes, that’s right. A genuine Stairway to Heaven, or as close as they can get it. Apparently the elevator will [...]
Quietly nestled in the ‘Street of Drinkers’, Shibuya, is the tiny Piano Bar. Upon entering through the windowless door, you are transported to a bizzare world of red velvet, crazy chandeliers and bizarre portraits. There is a maximum capacity of just eight people, so make sure you get there first.
From the WTF files, some dental students in Japan are practicising their oral techniques, as well as their people skills, on hapless Sex Dolls created by Yoshida Dental Manufacturing. The Hanako Showa 2 comes complete with tongue and cheeks (tongue in cheek?) and punctuates its time in the dental chair with an array of human [...]