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This Epic Master Roshi Is The King Of Dragon Ball Cosplay

Comic Market, or Comiket as it is often called, is Japan’s largest comic convention. Convention-goers are known to turn train stations in war zones with their mad dash to get to the convention, but one of the main attractions at the event is the high level of cosplay to be seen. While many elaborate and painstakingly made costumes are on display, Japanese bodybuilder Taichi Shimizu shows that sometimes a bare bones approach can have just as attention-grabbing an impact with his beefy Master Roshi cosplay. 今日コミケで見た亀仙人が完全一致だった笑 pic.twitter.com/SdEcIJtBJT — morio (@rock_and_sxzn) 2017年8月13日 清水泰地さん(@taichi_shimizu_ )ドラゴンボール 亀仙人 亀仙人最強説。魔人ブウとかはワンパンだろこれは。#C92 pic.twitter.com/2w1yYRSVLh — かわうそ (@adventure_tm) 2017年8月13日 Shimizu clearly takes his training seriously, but he also made…

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[Part 5] Professional Anime Artist Turns His Sons’ Sketches Into Amazing Anime Characters

By now you may be familiar with the work of Tokyo-based French anime artist Thomas Romain (Symphogear, Space Dandy, Aria, Macross Delta, and Basquash!), who literally illustrates the artistic bond he shares with his two sons in a series of artwork titled “Father and Sons Design Workshop Illustrations”. In it, Romain takes the creative sketches of his sons and applies his skill as a talented professional animator to bring them to life with an awesome anime aesthetic. Romain told us the project has given his eldest son inspiration to become an animator himself, and he also mentions that one day he wants to collect them all and make a book…

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Japanese Animation Artist Brings Ukiyo-e Prints To Life With Charming Gifs And Back To The Future

Ukiyo-e, which translates to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of everything from scenes of folk tales to erotica, and though the number of artists specializing in ukiyo-e has diminished since the genre was at its zenith, efforts are being made to bring it back into the modern art world. Some of these efforts include applying an Ukiyo-e aesthetic to popular franchises such as Star Wars, and legendary Iron Maiden mascot Eddie. One of the more charming and eccentric examples of this we have seen lately comes from Atsushi Segawa, a…

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Japanese Artist’s Traditional Handmade Cut Paper Art Brings Old Text And Beautiful Animals To Life

In that past, we’ve seen some incredibly intricate and beautiful work produced by the art form of kirie, or traditional Japanese paper cutting, which is also very similar to kirigami. While origami may be the more famous Japanese paper art, Japanese Twitter user and artist @mi_kocoa (Risa), is giving some much needed love to kirie in an absolutely gorgeous way with her intricately carved designs. Source: @mi_kocoa Risa’s animal and floral designs have gained her quite a following on Twitter, but its her latest text-based piece of kirie that is gaining her the most accolades. Intricately carved, she has taken an excerpt from Kenji Miyazaka’s classic Japanese fantasy novel Night…

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1,500 Pikachus Invade Yokohama For The Annual Pikachu Festival–This Time With Boats And Blimps!

In what has become an annual event in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai area, the The Pikachu Outbreak Festival runs for nearly a week long (8/9-8/15 this year) never fails to impress with its inexorable onslaught of Pikachus. Home of Japan’s longest running Pokemon Center store, every year Yokohama is invaded by 1,500 Pikachus who dance, march, and cuddle guests in a festival that takes over major train lines and buildings with Pikachu decorations. This year, however, the Pikachu army isn’t just marching through the streets–they are taking to both air and land in the form of Pikachu boats and blimps! 輸送 #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ pic.twitter.com/fkkVDid4Sj — オーナー🍕🌭🍢 (@hurousu_07) 2017年8月9日 #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ pic.twitter.com/GOwTo5Y3U8 — ナーミ…

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Japanese Designer And Welder Couple Team Up To Create Awesome Cardboard Mecha For Cat

We’ve seen some of Japan’s incredible cardboard artists apply their craft to feline goods, including an awesome DIY sushi restaurant house for their cat, as well as a commercial kitty conductor train, but one couple on Twitter may have trumped them all with some creative teamwork. Husband @kyoryu_kuramo is a designer and illustrator, with a talented welder for a wife who has applied her skill to their feline problems before. One such example is this custom grating she made to keep their curious cat from playing in the sink. 妻が猫入らないようにする蓋を作ったみたい。溶接工ってすごいなぁとつくづく思う pic.twitter.com/4peO2TZjZx — 倉持キョーリュー@(日)東M13a (@kyoryu_kuramo) 2017年4月7日 Knowing his wife’s skill and their cat’s penchant for mischief, @kyoryu_kuramo took advantage of his…

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Tokyo’s New Life-Size Gundam Will Be Bigger And Better, And Even Has A Moving Head

You might remember the bittersweet end to the 18 meter tall landmark Gundam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba last march. The nostalgic life-size statue of the RX-78-2 Gundam was dismantled in dramatic fashion, but Mobile Suit enthusiasts were pleased to hear that a bigger and better fullscale replacement was being built, modeled after the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam and standing at 19.7 meters. 実物大ユニコーンガンダム立像、ツノ(Vアンテナ)の開閉動画。ツノ割れ→ユニコーンモード→ツノ割れ。ちょっとアップにし過ぎた。手持ち撮影なので揺れます。劇中の変身と同じくらいかな、結構速いですね('д')#実物大ユニコーン進捗 pic.twitter.com/tPSxPIKpTk — 湘南パイ(裏ブブリム) (@ShonanPai) 2017年8月2日 While not yet completed, some sneak peek footage has revealed that much like in the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn television show, this new life-size Gundam will have a functional head unit with moving antenna! When the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Mobile Suit shifts into…

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Demonic Eyed Japanese Poop Robot That Spews Diarrhea Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Whether it’s the breathtakingly lifelike fish at Japan’s hotel staffed by robots, or Softbank’s cute domestic-assistant robot Pepper singing Beethoven in a choir, Japan’s constantly improving and impressing field of robotics seems to embrace all aspects of practicality, humor, and even a little bit of creepiness. One shining (well, not so shining) example of that is the DORODOROBO (ドロドロボ), featured at the Fujisawa Design Week in 2016. What separates it from other standout Japanese robots you may have seen? One look at it’s appearance and function should tell you–it’s a poop robot with terrifying demonic eyes that erupts in fecal liquid. You might simply write this off as another entry…

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This Cosplaying Aunty Will Never Be Too Old To Dress Up

At first glance, cosplay can seem to be a hobby for the young, but as we’ve seen in the past with a cosplayer’s grandmother lending her touching charm to a Howl’s Moving Castle photoshoot, it can be an ageless and rewarding endeavor. Fifty-year old mother and cosplayer from Brazil, Solange, is proving that again with the passion for life she finds in making costumes to transport herself to worlds of fantasy. Solange, from Manaus, Brazil, has adopted the nickname Tia Sol (Aunty Sun) for her cosplay persona, and it’s a fitting moniker given how bright and warming her love for the cosplay scene is. She tells BuzzFeed that she got…

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“World’s First” Anime Eyeglasses Shop Opens In Akihabara

Akihabara is often lauded as Tokyo’s Mecca of tech and otaku subculture, so the district is not exactly a stranger to innovation. The district boasts “firsts” with an all female staffed sushi restaurant, vocational school for otaku, and even a gym where you are personally trained by maids. And while we can’t quite verify this, we’re going to take the word of a new store that is claiming to be the world’s first anime eyeglasses shop. 昨日に引き続き『エヴァンゲリオン』モデルのフレームです!零号機、初号機、2号機、Mark.06、8号機の全5色です!他にも色々な種類が入荷しておりますので是非見に来て下さい!※クリアー度付きに変更可能 pic.twitter.com/AXbPIAx5jS — アニメガネ (@animegane_akiba) 2017年7月7日 『銀魂』マダオ(長谷川泰三)モデルのサングラス入荷します!度付き対応も可能となっておりますので7/14に公開される映画に合わせていかがでしょうか?※新八モデル(本体)の入荷予定はありません pic.twitter.com/zocKy6eUUH — アニメガネ (@animegane_akiba) 2017年7月11日 Opening on July 15th, “Animegane“–a name that combines “anime” and the Japanese word for “glasses”(megane)–will offer eyeglasses with aesthetics inspired by popular…

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Anime Style Body Paint Model Dazzles With The Most Colorful Fashion In Japan

Ishoku hada (異色肌), “different colored skin” or “unique skin” may not be the most practical form of Japanese creative fashion, but it’s definitely the most colorful. The bright and brilliant use of body paint takes inspiration from both popular fiction and applies some of Japan’s previously popular fashion trends, seeking to emulate the eccentric appearance of characters from video games, manga, and anime. Now DJ, model, and self-professed otaku Miyako and her crew are turning heads on Twitter with maybe the most vibrant display of the otherworldly look yet. Source: @miyako Source: @miyako 淡い系に振ってみる#photography#異色肌#異色肌ギャル pic.twitter.com/nszmqrgZZV — ラマスキー (@mud_skii) 2017年6月26日 Miyako tells Grape Japan that she’s been active on her own…

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Japanese Model Artist’s Amazingly Detailed Recreation Of Spirited Away’s Bath House

There’s plenty of ways to relive the magic of the Aburaya bath house from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, whether it be heading to Japan to pass through Nagasaki’s eerily nostalgic lantern festival, or to explore awesome hot spring towns that seem frozen in the classic film’s world. But while many of us are content to re-watch the film, hording merchandise like vintage Japanese jackets and No-Face piggy banks, Japanese Twitter user and model-artist Sorakio is showing us the creative side of appreciating the animation studio’s worlds with these amazingly detailed models of the bath house from Spirited Away and other Studio Ghibli creations. Source: @Sorakio Yes, His name is Sorakio,…

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Japanese Elementary School Team Breaks World Record For Most Skips Over Single Rope In One Minute

“Most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team” might not be the first World Record you would think to challenge, but the team-based form of jumping rope is often used in Japanese P.E. classes to teach coordination and team work, along with being a fun and challenging game for many to join in on. It’s also a frequent challenge that many undertake in various forms (such as number of skips using your butt) of attempts to break Guinness World Records. Now, Fuji Municipal Harada Elementary School in Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan has just taken the playground activity to new heights, with each member of their team going…

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Ramen Kabuto: The Japanese Ramen Restaurant With A Samurai Spirit

We’ve seen samurai armor slowly become a trend in accessories and handbags, most recently with a company that makes samurai armor for cats and dogs, but what happens when you combine the a fascination with the armor of Japan’s early warriors with the country’s modern love of themed restaurants? We imagine the result is something similar to Ramen Kabuto, where your chef and server delivers your ramen in custom-made samurai armor. Source: At Press Source: At Press If you were unaware of the the shop’s gimmick and stumbled into Ramen Kabuto seeking greasy noodle and broth refuge from the cold of Sapporo, you might be taken aback to see that…

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Seller Thinks He’s Ripped Off Japanese YouTuber With $3 Rusty Knife, Definitely Regrets It After This DIY Restoral

You may be familiar with Japanese YouTuber JunsKitchen for his helpful and fun videos about cooking delicious Japanese meals, usually accompanied by his feline sous-chef Kohaku. Jun’s knowledge for Japanese cooking doesn’t seem to be just limited to recipes, however, after a chance encounter at a recycling shop, it’s become evident he knows a good blade when he sees one–even when it’s covered in rust! At the recycling shop, Jun found a man trying to sell a traditional Japanese knife, but the store refused to purchase it due to it’s clearly tarnished quality–even for a measly 30 yen (about 30 cents). Jun later approached the man and offered to purchase…

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