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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HR-FM’s Pop Culture Apocalypse

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By Rondal Scott III in New Art on Monday 10 December 2012

A visual poet, Japanese digital artist HR-FM seeks to create scenes called “the future past” that combine elements of pop culture in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Bordering on modern cubism, each piece demonstrates the ravages of time on buildings, people, and material possessions.

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A wake-up app that’s just a tad psychotic

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 October 2012

The Japanese are at it again. Mega fashion retailer Uniqlo launched Wake Up a few months ago, a social alarm app that awakes users to music (composed by Cornelius and Yoko Kanno) based on the weather, time and day of the week.

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Squid Masks by Yumioko Utsu

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 1 May 2012

Japanese photographer Yumiko Utsu has merged two great things we admire from the Land of the Rising Sun: food and manga. These exquisite squid masks create instant manga-like kaiju out of everything so well, we just want to shake our squid tentacles at her.

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Awesome video performance by Japanese band Androp

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By William LeGoullon in New Music on Wednesday 4 April 2012

While I personally don’t care for their music, I do still think the Japanese band Androp is full of some kind of genius. For a recent video performance, they utilized 250 Canon and Flashes to create a backdrop on their stage that continues to blow my mind every time I see it. Utilizing Arduino open source software, the […]

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Eika from Japan

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By tofubeats in New Illustration on Sunday 13 February 2011

Eika is a freelance illustrator currently living in Japan. Her distinctive use of colors, fluid line works, and organic atmosphere reflects her multi-influence from various cultures.

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Sasa-dango dumplings

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By Casper Johansson in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 17 September 2009

This traditional packaging for sasa-dango dumplings consists entirely of bamboo grass and a straw thread, and was borne out of the need to preserve the food and ‘make it easily portable‘. On the Ping Magazine website, Hideyuki Oka explains that: ‘Such packages were not products of contemplation, nor yet of theory. They assumed their shapes […]

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