Japan-Based Artists Create Gorgeous Cover Art For The Imaginary Tokyoiter Magazine

2017-07-28 02:56

In early 2016, Tokyo-based illustrator Andrew Joyce and art director David Robert began paying tribute to magazines like The New Yorker and The Parisianer with a project they called The Tokyoiter. Inviting illustrators residing in Japan to draw Tokyo through their own eyes, they placed the various artworks sent in by fellow “drawing freaks” on imaginary covers of the (imaginary) Tokyoiter magazine. Each cover is meant to be a unique testimony of the daily experiences and cultural idiosyncrasies that make Tokyo so fascinating. So far, they’ve gathered 30 artworks that are on exhibit online for the rest of the world to enjoy. Many focus on the traditional and modern aspects…


Customers At Hyōgo Service Area Can Choose Their Meal From A Capsule Toy Machine

2017-07-27 09:42

Hunger can affect our ability to think in the worst ways, but when we’re starving and exhausted, there’s almost no way we can make a decision with sound judgment. It’s most aggravating when we finally get the chance to satiate our hunger, yet we have no energy to pick from a vast menu, no matter how mouthwatering the dishes… The Nishiki Service Area in Hyōgo Prefecture is sympathetic to famished travelers who’ve spent long hours behind the wheel and experience this exact feeling, which is why they’re implementing a new kind of service that makes it super easy for customers to order food at their facility. Anyone who wants a…


Turn Your Cats Into Furry Train Conductors With Colorful Cardboard Trains

2017-07-27 03:57

It’s as if spoiling cats is just another part of human nature, and one of the creative and practical ways to entertain our fellow felines is with cardboard toys. In the past, we’ve seen cats living the good life in DIY sushi restaurants, shrines, and Neko Atsume-themed houses and toys, but they haven’t had as much options to choose from when it came to cardboard forms of transportation. Thanks to Japanese retailer Felissimo, however, even cats will get to pretend-travel distances far and wide in fancy cardboard trains! Source: PR Times Source: PR Times This train for felines doubles as a house and a cardboard scratcher and comes in blue,…


Japanese Makeup Trends Of The Past 100 Years Explained In Detail By Shiseido

2017-07-26 11:42

In every country in the world, societal and cultural trends are constantly changing, and in Japan, a transition often examined has been in regards to beauty, makeup, and fashion. We’ve seen 100 years of Japanese beauty and fashion trends flash before our eyes in under two minutes, and observed the ever-changing concept of beauty itself showcased in a breathtaking project. As one of Japan’s leading makeup brands, it’s safe to say that Shiseido has been a significant presence throughout the history of Japanese beauty trends. Taking their first-hand knowledge of the history of beauty trends in Japan, they’ve recently compiled a list of Japanese makeup trends enjoyed over the past…


Tokyo 2020 Olympics Welcomes Akira Comparisons With Projection Mapping Event

2017-07-26 03:27

Whatever the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony turns out to be, it would be hard to imagine the proceedings not highlighting the many aspects of Japan’s rich traditional culture. In preparation for the event, however, it seems that Japan is also embracing the appeal of its modern pop-culture, making popular anime characters official ambassadors for the 2020 Olympics, as well as letting fans design a cutesy mascot to headline the games for a cash prize. The latest promotional tactic to embrace anime as an Olympic attraction come via the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which capitalized off of comparisons being made to the upcoming games with those held in one of Japan’s…


Dine Like A Queen At The Alice In Wonderland-Themed Dessert Buffet In Tokyo

2017-07-25 09:26

When it comes to food, Japan doesn’t seem to be satisfied with simply having restaurants and cafes serving delicious dishes. In addition to enjoying food in some of the best food places in the world, many people seek something more to their dining experience — for example, the chance to satisfy their taste buds at one of the plethoras of themed cafes throughout the country. Source: PR Times The same goes for dessert buffets which are also highly popular in Japan, as we’ve seen in the past with matcha and circus-themed dessert buffets. One of the most popular themes by far has been Alice in Wonderland, which brought with it…


Japanese UV Ray Face Mask Is A Star Wars Style Declaration Of War On The Sun

2017-07-25 05:24

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you likely didn’t have to walk around too long before encountering someone wearing a sickness mask. These are primarily worn for etiquette during seasons where colds are prevalent, as a means of protecting yourself from circulating sicknesses as well as to prevent others from catching whatever cold you have. In recent years, people have begun to use the masks for a sense of privacy, style, and even beauty styling purposes. Similarly, you’ll see many people just as concerned about UV rays and getting sunburned during the grueling summer season, opting for sun-umbrellas and long-sleeve protectors. Japanese retailer Belle Maison decided to combine the practice…


Japan’s Newest Online Trend Is Sticking Straws Through Cheeseburgers

2017-07-25 01:53

Japanese social media trends can be adorably quirky, but for the most part are often limited to the confines of a special “holiday” and reported on with a hint of exaggeration. This past week, however, one fast-food photography trend, mainly on Instagram, has been picking up considerable steam thanks to its jarring visual. The recent trend consists of buying a drink and burger from McDonald’s, placing the burger on the lid of the drink, and then thrusting your straw through it. Like so: moeさん(@im_mmoe)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 20 1:46午前 PDT 眠すぎてこれ見た時ストローの中でミニハンバーガー出来てるじゃんwwwwwwwって1人で死ぬほど笑ったおやすみ pic.twitter.com/qIFk2uhA9Q — は む (@O_om86) 2017年7月8日 It’s being called “drink x hamburger” (ハンバーガーxドリンク) and is being circulated as a…


Japanese Twitter User Meets Stray Cat With A Cat-Shaped Spot Under Its Nose

2017-07-24 11:58

It’s heart melting just being on the receiving end of affection from a cat, but many Japanese cat-lovers are seeking the attentions of felines with “lucky” spots on their fur. Perhaps the most recent of this trend has been to look for kitties with heart-shaped patterns, which surprisingly seem to be quite common. But one Japanese Twitter user came across a stray cat with a spot unlike any he had ever seen before, not even in the bottomless pit of social media pictures. The irresistible feline that made @TOKAITRICK_bot do a double take was a stray black-and-white cat with a black, cat-shaped spot just under its nose. 鼻にもねっこがおるよ pic.twitter.com/tmUMqyT5bl —…


Anyone With A 3D Printer Can Now Play With Their Very Own Set Of Pokémon Chess Pieces

2017-07-24 10:48

Whether it’s Harry Potter or Super Mario Brothers, themed chess sets tend to be on the pricey end of the spectrum compared to the standard boards. Still, their craftwork and beauty can be tempting, and even those who don’t usually play might find themselves wanting a unique chess set for their home. Well, thanks to artist Raphael Schaaf, Pokémon fans can have their very own Pokémon-themed chess set for absolutely free — so long as they have a 3D printer to print out the pieces with. Source: Raphael Schaaf/Thingiverse Source: Raphael Schaaf/Thingiverse Though Schaaf originally made the Pokémon chess set for a friend’s birthday, he was generous enough to share…


Japanese Pro Wrestling World Mourns Explosive Death Of Stuffed Cat Doll

2017-07-24 12:44

If you’re not an avid follower, your introduction to Japanese professional wrestling might consist of some of the comedic stylings of DDT, such as Joey Ryan flipping wrestlers with his Herculean American penis. It’s not all fun and games, however. In fact, there can be some downright somber moments that demand the most genuine of reflections. One such moment occurred this past weekend on the under-card of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax Tournament at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. In a match that pit Bullet Club members Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi against Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, and Hiromu Takahashi), we saw one of the…


Hawaii Photographer Recreates Princess Mononoke In A Stunning Cosplay Photoshoot

2017-07-21 05:30

Cosplay is a truly creative way to pay homage to all the iconic characters that have graced the world with their unique stories. Not only do cosplayers dress up to look like them physically, they proudly wear their quirks and characteristics in an attempt to recreate the realm of the characters as faithfully as possible. As a professional photographer, artist, cosplayer, and all-around creative powerhouse, Hawaii-born Japanese-American artist Dallas Nagata White is certainly no different. With a passion for pop culture, video games, comics, and movies, she often photographs cosplayers in her professional style as they try to convey the spirit of any given character through the camera lens. This…


Tokyo’s “Cosplay Alley” Lets Customers And Staff Cosplay Over Collection Of Japanese Food And Drink

2017-07-21 04:31

Hidden in some of Japan’s more sprawling metropolises are “yokocho”, alleyways that are typically jam-packed with cozy drinking establishments, as well as smokey and adventurous eateries. One of the most famous of these is the nostalgic Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (Shinjuku “Memory Lane”–although it is sometimes less glamorously called “Piss Alley” or “Drunkard’s Alley”), which offers a friendly collection of tiny bars and restaurants that seat you elbow-to-elbow with other patrons in a neighborhood that to this day carries an atmosphere reflective of post WWII Japan’s izakaya. コスプレ横丁の新しい看板が出来ました!!目印にしてね(*^ω^*) #コスプレ #コスプレ横丁 #鶯谷 #鶯谷コスプレ横丁 pic.twitter.com/9u74QIwlx2 — コスプレ横丁(鶯谷の居酒屋です) (@cosplay_yokocho) 2017年6月28日 A recently opened yokocho in Tokyo is offering the same assortment of drinks and…


Japanese Brand Turns Worn-Out Kimonos Into Individually Crafted Sun Umbrellas

2017-07-21 02:15

While kimonos are highly regarded as exquisite handcrafted garments, the traditional robes are no longer worn daily by the majority of men and women in Japan. Those that do remain in the closets of ordinary households are often kimonos passed down for generations, or ones that were only worn on a few occasions and have since been tucked away. It’s a shame to keep such historical treasures hidden in the dark depths of drawers or boxes, which is why Japanese brand Akizakura is giving people the chance to turn vintage kimonos they’ll never wear again into beautifully crafted sun umbrellas. Though some might find it almost cruel to take apart…


Over 1,500 Pikachus Will Be Invading Yokohama, And They’re Bringing Kawaii Vending Machines With Them

2017-07-21 01:33

It’s that time of year again. Yup, that time of year when over 1,000 Pikachus dance their way into the city of Yokohama, infiltrating the streets in waves of bright yellow. When they aren’t spreading excitement and shaking hands with passersby, they’ve been seen causing panic with a melting Pikachu, though the freaky accident somehow made them all the more endearing. What kind of buzz they’ll bring this year is still yet to be anticipated, but one thing we know for sure is that they will be keeping fans hydrated all throughout the event. Source: YouTube This year’s Pikachu invasion is scheduled for August 9th to the 15th, but from…


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