Coffee cups are transformed into works of art by this Aussie illustrator

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Friday 29 May 2015

Someone get this man a city building to doodle on, stat! Aussie illustrator Adrian Hogan is based in Tokyo and he’s found a little niche in the field of illustration. His canvas is a simple coffee cup and his muse is the lively city of Tokyo.

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A fully decked-out Mario Bros. Airbnb apartment in Tokyo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Airbnb have some pretty crazy rentals around the world. We’ve already reported on the cable car accommodation in the French Alps and the IKEA Airbnb in Sydney. But check out this next place to stay, just south of inner Tokyo. It’s brimming with Super Mario products.

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Psychedelic music video features timelapse of a kaleidoscope Tokyo

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Monday 6 April 2015

The mesmerizing city of Tokyo gets a bit more mesmerizing – and a lot more psychedelic – with a time-lapse music video that imagines it as a giant kaleidoscope. Produced for the song ‘Only to Silence’ by ‘LLLL’, the video features the metropolis’ winding streets and bright lights morphing into an array of reflected images. […]

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Take a peek into the world’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment at US$21.8 million

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Saturday 11 October 2014

Would you like a quick tour of the world’s most expensive 1-bedroom apartment? It’s being listed at 1.8 billion yen (US$21.8 million) as we take a peek. Simply called The House, it’s located at the most exclusive district of Tokyo – Minami-Azabu. At 4,434 square foot (411.932 sq m), we did the math and it came up to a jaw-dropping US$4,920.75 per square foot.

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70 artists turn this office building into a huge art gallery before it gets demolished

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 30 September 2014

The face of Tokyo is changing at a quick pace, Many old buildings are being torn down to make way for new facilities planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Recently, one such office building in the Kojimachi area was repossessed by a group of 70 artists who gave it their makeover version on every floor.

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Yes, students actually rush to school to study in a classroom like this

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 June 2014

The Wall Art Project is a non-profit organization based in Tokyo. To encourage a sense of wonderment and possibility amongst students as far away as India and Tibet, the organization has launched the Wall Art Festival, where artists are invited to share their inspiration and creativity, and bring their art into schools. One of the artists who came on board this meaningful project was Japanese artist Yusuke Asai. Asai paints with basically anything he can get his hands on – tape, pens, leaves, dust and mud.

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Claustrophobic? Don’t ride Tokyo’s subway during rush hour

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 8 April 2014

‘Tokyo Compression’ is a series by photographer Michael Wolf, in which he documents the daily grind of commuters in the packed subways of the busy metropolis. The series, which has already been published into three books, show the stressed out and tired faces of commuters through the subway windows during peak hours of the rush hour.

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There’s a tiny remote controlled pop-up shop in Japan

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 24 March 2014

Here it is, folks-the future! There’s a tiny (and I mean tiny) pop-up shop in Harajuku, Tokyo, that’s getting loads of attention. Created by Duncan Shotton Design Studio, the pop-up shop was designed to celebrate pack number 900 going on sale in the 1000 limited edition packs of Real Boy push pins. The design team […]

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Tokyoflash Japan’s Kisai Space Digits LCD watch

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 19 December 2013

Modern watches have made life easier for us, whether it be integrating alarms, mp3 players, games, and even cell phones. Or quite simply, having a user-friendly interface to read the time a lot faster and easier. But some brands just love to go against the flow.

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Yes, a Parasite Museum really does exist in Japan

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 October 2013

Just a couple of months until the kids are let out of school for end-of-year vacation, so why not plan a trip to the museum with them? The Parasite Museum. Yes, this museum (The Meguro Parasitological Museum) actually exists and even has an adjoining gift shop so you can proudly wear your very own parasitic tee home.

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P for Pizza: drawings by Kimiaki Yaegashi (aka Okimi)

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By Mareike Muller in New Illustration on Saturday 7 September 2013

Who would have thought that an illustrator from the wonderful land of sushi dedicates a series of drawings to profane pizza? But the “P is for Pizza” series speaks for itself and as well as for the artist Kimiaki Yaegashi aka Okimi. The Tokyo-based illustrator and graphic designer seems to be a huge fan of […]

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This Tokyo store changes with the current fashion trends

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Tuesday 27 August 2013

This store in Tokyo was built to appear as a completely opaque box. Designed by Brazilian architect Arthur Casas, the store changes its appearance as the fashion trends change. The outside walls, for instance, display lovely prints for a cool street view. Built to house Alexandre Herchcovitch’s clothing designs, the box plays off the idea of pedestrians becoming […]

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In Tokyo, a haunted art gallery has been created for kids

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 26 August 2013

Why is it that we don’t remember our childhoods being as epic as this? Just for the kids, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo engaged Torafu Architects to toy with the artworks belonging to one of its art galleries. Its name? Haunted House — and it sets out to be exactly what it sounds […]

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Shohei Otomo’s art drawn with a paper-mate ballpoint pen

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By Daniel Isles in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 August 2013

As illustration goes, an inspirational genius has got to be Shohei Otomo from Tokyo, Japan. Genius is not a word I like to use in this day and age, but when work looks this good, created with only a paper-mate ballpoint pen, the term is justified.

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Tokyo City Symphony

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Thursday 4 July 2013

The market for site-specific light projections is a small but fiercely competitive one, as seen recently at Sydney’s Vivid festival. Here is another entry into the field, this time executed on a scale model of Tokyo.

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