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.
Somehow Japan always manages to pull off the coolest stunts. In conjunction with the release of horror film sequel Sadako 3D 2, the marketing peops hooked up with a restaurant in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and got service staff to dress up as the iconic film ghoul and lunge out at customers from behind the counter. Presumably […]
Japanese architecture firm Tetsuo Kondo are at it again following their dreamy outing at Venice Biennale three years ago: they’ve traipsed over to the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and built an impressive cubic two-storey space with a canopy of billowing clouds contained within.
Suage is one of my favorite food spots in the Susukino entertainment area of Sapporo. The nice little dining area is neatly tucked away opposite the big Norebesa building with the huge Ferris wheel on the roof. If ever you should happen to visit Sapporo, this should be your first stop for food. Period. The […]
Katsuya Terada is an illustrator from Japan concentrating on detail driven sketchbook-like artworks. A prolific artist, he has done more than 1000 sketches and recently had a ten year retrospective show at the Kyotos International Manga Museum. He was also the character-designer for many video games, including Sega’s ground breaking fighting game, Virtua Fighter 2, […]
I couldn’t pick between all the real-life TV series my friends were imploring me to get into, so instead I chose a Japanese soccer cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid. Aoki Densetsu Shoot is hilarious, and contains all the stereotypical quirks one would expect from anime.
Playing with fire takes the literal meaning here. Osaka-based artist Hiromi Hirasaka saw boring matchsticks as a potential blank canvas, so started drawing Kokeshi-style faces on the match heads, creating these super cute and quirky design pieces.
Haha, blogger and TV host La Carmina just compiled a visual list that illustrates Japan’s obsession with cats. Yes, Hello Kitty was just the visible tip of the iceberg. From cat cupcakes to cat jewellery to cat cosplay, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Hashima, the desolate island off the Nagasaki Peninsula coast of Japan that appeared in Skyfall, recently made new waves when Google’s program manager Okura Wakaba announced on the Google Japan blog that the island was on Google Street View. It only took him about two hours to shoot the images of the island using a […]
Combining breathtaking visuals and foot-stomping beats, Siro-A is taking the world by storm with their killer electro soundtracks. With use of cutting edge laser shows and edgy dance, mime, and puppetry, this awesome group of six men is becoming a world-wide phenomenon. They’ve packed out 30,000 seats at the Shanghai Expo and even won the Spirit of the Fringe […]
Licking eyeballs is apparently all the rage right now for creative Japanese couples to express their affection for one another. There’s even a pseudo-officious term for it: oculolinctus. Wikipedia helpfully informs us that eye infections from oculolinctus could lead to blindness. Well, someone wise did say once that love is blind.
We just found out by accident today that Japan railway operators actually install blue LED lights above train platforms to calm suicidal commuters down. When they started doing it in 2009 as an experiment at three suicide hotspots along the Joban Line through Mito city, there was nothing to show if it would work. Now […]
When I was a kid, I used to look forward to catching this Japanese variety show, Masquerade or 超級變變變 on TV every week. On it, contestants vy to perform their most creative illusionary skits with old-school techniques — like guys clothed entirely in black and shifting objects about. They almost always some up with the […]