Did you know that in Japan, the act of repairing broken ceramics is an art form? The 16th century ‘Kintsugi’, or ‘Kintsukuroi’, is a repairing technique that celebrates the broken item’s rich history by decorating its cracks instead of hiding them. This is done by applying a mixture of urushi (lacquer resin), rice glue, and […]
Now this, this deserves to be called food porn! In the wake of the tragic 2011 tsunami that hit Japan, ad agency I&S BBDO and seaweed shop owner Umino Hiroyuki designed a series of laser-cut seaweed to help boost the weak sales of local nori manufacturers. ‘Japanese people are eating less seaweed than before and […]
Why am I not even surprised these sausage people popped up in – surprise, surprise – Japan? The latest trend there right now involves slicing sausages to give them arms, legs, eyes, a mouth, and sometimes, hair. They are then cooked (alive!) and set alongside other food items inside bento boxes, waiting for their eventual demise.
Poor Pluto, even in culinary circles it’s still not considered a planet. Chocolatier L’eclat of the Righa Royal Hotel in Japan is selling chocolates that look like the planets in our solar system. The delicious, celestial collection includes: Mercury (coconut mango), Venus (cream lemon), Earth (cacao), Mars (orange praline), Jupiter (vanilla), Saturn (rum raisin), Uranus (milk tea), and Neptune (cappuccino).
So apparently there is a trend quietly roaming the streets of Japan: B-style. B-style—a contraction of the words ‘Black’ and ‘Lifestyle’ refers to a subculture of Japanese teenagers who love American hip-hop culture so much that they do everything in their power to look as African American as possible. Strange? Hell no!
An adorable cat peeking at you while it takes a bath in your coffee? You’ll need to have a heart of stone to eat that cute marshmallow. Nagano, Japan-based marshmallow company Yawahada has created its most endearing product yet, CafeCat, a feline-shaped marshmallow.
Move over, Sonic, there’s a new hedgehog in town – and his name is Marutaro. The pygmy hedgehog from Japan has become an internet sensation, already having 53, 500 followers on his Twitter account @hedgehogdays, and 28,900 followers on his Vine account. His owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, posts photos of him donning cute […]
Would you like your whiskey served ‘neat’ or on the Statue of Liberty? ‘3D on the Rocks’ is the latest ad campaign from liquor company Suntory, in which they used a high precision carving machine to create intricate ice cube sculptures to go along with that glass of whiskey. Talk about art on art! In […]
An adorable piglet chilling by the beach, a different piglet sleeping on its farmer’s chest, and another smiling for the camera. These heart-warming photos by Kagawa-based photographer Toshiteru Yamaji will definitely make you want to swear off pork for good. In his series, ‘Pigs and Papa’, Yamaji captures the tender bond between a farmer, Otchan, and his 1,200 pigs.
Grave robbers, beware, an immobile suit Gundam is guarding this corpse. Located in front of a tombstone carving business in Yasu City, Japan, this very unique tombstone will make sure you’ll never be forgotten in the annals of history. The anime-inspired tombstone may be a lot more expensive than traditional ones, but hey, you only […]
Is anyone even surprised that this happened in Japan? It all began last year when Japanese comedy site, Daily Portal Z, immortalized themselves in Google Street View fame by wearing pigeon masks (you can check it right here).
You’ll never have to spend money on an overpriced cup of coffee ever again. Just buy these Starbucks mugs from Japan and it will always be full. Sorta. Japanese studio ‘Nendo’ redesigned the classic white Starbucks mug by imprinting a pattern on the base. When you hold the mug upside-down, it will look like the mug is full.
Since 2007, artist Takao Sakai has been documenting a weird Japanese sub-culture of people who go out in public wearing odd beards inspired by the popular ingredient, Azuki bean. These bean beard wearing people are called ‘Azurers’, and Sakai has amassed hundreds of photos of them.
We’ve heard of pop-up shops before, but pop-up ice hotels? In Hokkaido, Japan, there exists a hotel that will last only as long as the temperature allows it. ‘Ice Hills Hotel’ was the brainchild of local real estate company, ‘Creative Hokkaido’, as part of their initiative to help promote the creative culture of their snowy island.
Turns out you can use a single sweater in protecting your entire body from the freezing cold. It also turns out that you can use that sweater to instantly shape-shift into a turkey, as demonstrated by one Japanese blogger. Sebuyama, a resident writer at Japanese comedy site, Omocoro, didn’t have enough money to buy himself some appropriate winter clothes this year. So he took the only piece of clothing he had, a sweater, and wrapped that around his entire body. And ta-da! Instant human turkey, fresh from wacky world of Japan.