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

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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

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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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Sculptures inspired by tentacle porn by Ruth Power

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By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Friday 21 June 2013

Ruth Power’s exquisite sculptures come from an odd source: Japanese tentacle pornography. It all began she she typed ‘tentacle’ into Google images (with the Safe Search off!) and began to research her explicit findings in depth. The fruits of her labour resulted in very fine, translucent porcelain sculptures of her own body parts, adorned with […]

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Japanese advertising’s best-kept secrets

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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

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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

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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

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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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Smallest phone in the world is even smaller than a mint box

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Tuesday 12 March 2013

This Japanese cell phone by Willcom may be the smallest phone in the world. Scheduled to be released in March, the Strap 2 weighs only 32 grams and operates with with only a tiny, 1-inch display screen. For only US$380, you can own the smallest phone in the world. But don’t count on getting years of […]

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The Origami Scarf

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Fashion on Thursday 7 March 2013

This scarf is the perfect combination of Japanese paper folding and fashion. It can be formed into almost any shape, and it will hold its shape as long as it’s being worn. The origami scarf is made from a special fabric that feels like paper, enhancing the origami feel.

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Incredible bamboo sculptures by Tetsunori Kawana

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Saturday 2 March 2013

West meets East in these incredible bamboo sculptures by Tetsunori Kawana. Each huge structure in the Denver Botanic Garden is elegantly curved and winding. They were constructed by a painstaking process of splitting and bending each piece of bamboo. The installation is a growing changing thing. Though the bamboo is no longer living, it changes […]

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Wonderfully bizarre shoe design by Noritaka Tatehana

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By Takahiro Sumida in New Fashion on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Wondering about those heel-less shoes worn by Lady Gaga? Those are Noritaka Tatehana’s works. He handmakes all his shoes so you have to wait three to five months until you get it. But while you wait, you can spend that time figuring out a opportunity to actually wear them.

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