The Otoasobi Project

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 10 December 2013

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 […]

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Realistic 3D goldfish paintings by Riusuke Fukahori

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 5 December 2013

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.

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Decotora: decorating trucks with lights in Japan

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By Paul White in New Photography on Thursday 21 November 2013

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.

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Things from Japan: the icePhone

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 8 November 2013

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 […]

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Naturally flavored orange fish from Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 31 October 2013

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 […]

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Japanese designed burger wrapper makes it less ‘rude’ for girls to eat the burger

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Friday 25 October 2013

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 […]

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Want to see the amazing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival?

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Thursday 24 October 2013

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.

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Awesome tattoos made from dots by Kenji Alucky

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 15 October 2013

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. […]

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Crying Sumo ceremonies are a hit in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 11 October 2013

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 […]

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Flat style illustrations by Japanese artist Kotaro Chiba

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By Darren Cools in New Illustration on Thursday 10 October 2013

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 […]

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Totoro really shows up at this bus stop in Japan

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 9 October 2013

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 […]

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Japanese GPS app lets you follow penguins to the aquarium

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Saturday 5 October 2013

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 […]

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Photos of beautiful Japanese manhole covers

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 4 October 2013

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. […]

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Tommy Lee Jones helps sell Canned Coffee in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 26 September 2013

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 […]

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‘Like whatever’ button allows you to Like everything in your Facebook feed

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 25 September 2013

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. […]

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