In Japan at night, people are now putting their wallets to bed in special mini-futons!

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Wednesday 17 September 2014

There is now a new ritual among some Japanese before they get themselves into bed each night. They have to put their wallets into bed first. And not in any micro beds but specially made futons complete with mini pillows and cute bed sheets.

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This guy can spin a frozen pizza into a microwave from across the street!

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Video on Monday 15 September 2014

The internet is already filled with people putting their skills to stuff that are totally unnecessary and being celebrated for it. Surely one more wouldn’t hurt? In which case, how about a round of applause for this professional Japanese frisbee thrower who can hurl a frozen pizza into a microwave inside an apartment from across […]

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This Japanese dad tickles her daughter pink by dressing as different historical characters at bath time

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Making the rounds online are pictures of this unidentified Japanese dad who makes bath time a fun time for his little girl by dolling himself into different characters. Looking at them pose in the tub, I wonder who enjoys it more. The daughter or the father?

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Guess what? The first bonsai tree has finally been sent into space

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Tech on Saturday 9 August 2014

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has taken a giant leap on behalf of mankind. The 38-year old recently became the person responsible for sending the first bonsai tree into space, a momentous occasion. Makoto is primarily concerned with installation art and this is no exception, except that normally his pieces are firmly on this planet. At […]

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Here’s how some people are trying to avoid sunburn in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 31 July 2014

For those wanting to cover up in the warmer months, there’s a new item of clothing you might want added to your wish list. It’s called an anti-sunburn mask and it’s supposed to cut down on UV rays by up to 98%. But there’s a catch. You have to wear this over your face, so […]

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Stackable Sushi Rings, the eternal Bento Box

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By Sheena Andies in New Fashion on Thursday 10 April 2014

Alongside my eternal quest for more sushi, I think I’ve found a way to satiate my craving for the time being. Or perhaps initiate it. Just like a take away menu, you choose your sushis, your makis, and your rolls, and they all come to your door in a bento box. Can we consider these […]

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This terrifying Japanese TV commercial comes with an advisory warning

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Saturday 7 December 2013

There’s nothing better than a scary commercial and this one straight from Japan is making the rounds…and scaring people like never before. So much so that the commercial comes with an advisory warning before screening, asking viewers to refrain from viewing if they have any mental or health concerns, or those that may see a […]

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4D communication: Smell-enhanced texting

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Take your texting experience to the next level with ChatPerf! We all know smells are powerful emotional and memory triggers. So why not use that to humanity’s advantage? Make texting, chatting, and concerts way more fun by adding a unique smell. Just plug your desired scent into your iPhone, download the app, and enjoy a […]

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ICASEA: crunchy, fragmented ambient electronica

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By Daniel Purvis in New Music on Tuesday 9 July 2013

A night spent clicking deeper into the digital rabbit hole, clutching at fickle interactive works and embraced by ambient electronica, I discovered ICASEA. A British, Japanese and German collaborative, ICASEA music distribute crunchy and fragmented walls of distortion alongside lush and funky digital beats, all disseminated via digital delivery with occasional vinyl and cassette (yes, […]

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Japanese advertising’s best-kept secrets

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Video on Monday 17 June 2013

Well, for one, they add whiskey to client’s coffee to make them more agreeable. And how do they get those lovely, genuine smiles from the actors on a film set? Sushi. Every time. Working as designer in advertising, this video had me laughing really hard. And at the end of the video, I sat back […]

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Stunning architecture by Japan’s Toyo Ito

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Toyo Ito is the mastermind behind the colossal, solar-powered World Games Stadium in Taiwan. Designed to hold 55,000 people, the structure is a true wonder of modern architecture. But this is nothing new fo Ito. He’s been pioneering the way for modern urban architecture since the 70s when he first combined the words “urban” and “robot” to brand his […]

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Cute tea package: your cup is a hot tub

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Wednesday 8 May 2013

This is the cutest tea packaging I’ve ever seen. These little characters are designed by WDARU to fit in a normal sized tea cup to hold your tea bag in place. Let these friends take a relaxing bath while you enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. There’s a school bus version, a business man set, and even […]

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Disturbing new body art by Chooo-san

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Friday 19 April 2013

What were these people thinking? I mean, since when is having a hug zipper down your back a sign of beng attractive? These photos of acrylic paint on flesh are the brain child of 19-year-old Chooo-san. Disturbing as they are, they’re strangely impressive. Absolutely no photoshop involved.

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Yuki Matsueda’s new art series literally jumps out of the frame

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By Valerie Auersperg in New Art on Wednesday 10 April 2013

I really liked Japanese artist Yuki Matsueka’s 3D art series, Be Ready To Run, from the moment I saw it. The pieces are literally jumping out of their frame, only to be held back by Plexiglass. It seems like he magically froze time and put it in a frame.

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Unwanted materials recycled as dramatic Japanese scultpures

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Art on Friday 5 April 2013

Giving unwanted materials a new purpose and shape is the great talent of Sayaka Ganz. Even though she was born in Japan, she lived her life in many different countries, but never forgot her roots and the Japanese Shinto beliefs, which say, „ All objects and organisms have spirits“. Taking that as starting point, her […]

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