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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