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These Creepy Japanese Polygon Animal Masks Will Give You Panda Nightmares

When it comes to adventurous headgear in Japan, very few things match up to these creepy hyper-realistic gigantic felt cat heads, but eccentric book and oddity shop Village Vanguard has shown that they are willing to sell their own fair share of head-turning hats. This time the retailer is opting for a 3D aesthetic, offering a series of creepy and cool polygon animal helmets. Source: PR Times They’re simply called “Headkits” and consist of a self-assembly paper mask that when put together, has a surreal 3D polygon style. There are four different types offered, allowing you to become a panda, bear, rabbit, or black panther. While other quirky masks in…

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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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Tokyo Cafe’s Matcha Fair Includes Spicy Matcha Burgers

Whether it’s double-matcha Kit Kats, matcha-flavored curry, or the world’s most intense matcha ice cream, you’ll find no shortages of ways to scratch your green tea craving in Japan. Coupled with a boom of several cafes trotting out adventurous burgers such as the ghoulish Ghostbusters burgers and Studio Ghibli burger, it was only a matter of time before a restaurant took on the challenge of the matcha burger, complete with deep green buns. Source: Fashion Press/Elle Cafe For a limited time, ELLE café in Tokyo will be sporting a heavily matcha-themed menu for a matcha fair event, in partnership with English brand Matchaeologist. While the menu contains a variety of…

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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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Got No Friends? Make Some Doge Buddies With These Adorable Shiba Inu Hanging Table Racks

Japanese online retailer Felissimo‘s YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) tends to gravitate toward feline goods, such as scratch and sniff stationery that smells like a kitty tummy, but they also seek to satisfy Shiba Inu lovers with quirky products such as Shiba Inu smartphone cases that let you give dog belly rubs, as well as these adorable Doge Bags. Their latest fun entry in Shiba Inu-themed goods, however, is a combination of utility and companionship in the form of Shiba Inu hanging racks that give you some doge friends to enjoy meals with. Source: PR Times The “Overhead Shiba Inu Hanging Rack” works just…

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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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Stingray Chowing Down On Squid At Japanese Aquarium Gives Visitors Inky Horror Show

Several Japanese aquariums structure their facilities as a lead-up to one big star-attraction tank, with several different types of sea creatures swimming along with each other in relative harmony. While we imagine a fair amount of research and care is put into making sure hostility or personality conflict doesn’t arise when preparing these tanks, there are certain variables that simply can’t be prevented. Recently, a Japanese Twitter user captured this surprising scene at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium and sea-themed amusement park in Yokohama. Her caption of “I was stunned when I saw this stingray prey upon a squid in the exhibit at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise…so scary!” was no doubt…

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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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This Instagram Account Of Wool Felt Kitty And Puppy Adventures In Japan Is Just Too Cute

Whether it be award-winning felt and wool creations of Shiba Inu and corgis, or these creepy but cute gigantic wearable cat heads, Japan seems to have tapped into wool and needle felt artistry in adorable fashion lately. One artist impressively proving that is Chata528, a wool felt artist whose handmade creations are sure to brighten up your day with their charming adventures. cha-taさん(@chata528)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 23 4:02午後 PDT cha-taさん(@chata528)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 8月 2 5:01午後 PDT Chata528 brings these outstanding furry felt animal creations to life by taking them on their own mini-excursions throughout Japan, dressing them up and using carefully-made props to convince you that they are out touring…

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Long-Necked Exeggutor The Latest In Comically Big Pokemon Goods

When it comes to eccentric Pokemon merchandise, Snorlax seems to run a monopoly over it. The lethargic Pokemon’s most popular goods include slippers that snore when you walk, as well as giant cuddly pillows that many Japanese buyers could barely fit in their homes. While we don’t expect anyone to dethrone the sleepy king anytime soon, Pokémon Sun and Moon’s Alola form of Exeggutor makes for a considerable rival in terms of silly aesthetic. The Pokemon’s new long-necked form makes it essentially a waddling palm tree–which Premium Bandai deemed perfect to turn into a 109-centimeter (3.57 feet!) figure. Source: At Press Source: At Press Source: At Press At a 1/10th…

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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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Japan’s New Enema Mascot Can’t Wait To Try Herself Out On You

Japan has a great love for yuru-kyara, or yuru-characters (“”gentle characters”) in the form of mascots. So much that they hold an annual contest to determine the best new mascot out of all the regions in Japan. For marketing and popularity purposes, nearly all of these mascots are adorable in some way–even if they are made from the poop of Tokyo’s beloved dog Hachiko, or are creepy fish monsters that get beaten up by baseball mascots. One of Japan’s latest mascots represents Ichijiku Pharmaceutical, and although she has a cute and inviting smile, you might think twice when reminded that the mascot is actually a giant cuddly enema (although the…

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Girl’s Japanese Tea Party Called Racist, But Japanese Response Shines A Light On How Japan Views Cultural Appropriation

The very different filters with which Japan and other countries, particularly the United States, view topics of race and discrimination can be explained by a multitude of cultural differences, such as education, social homogeneity, regard for identity politics, and overall history–to simply name a few. One of the more contested gaps in understanding is the concept of cultural appropriation, which although not particularly new, has found more attention lately given its relatively recent nomenclature. A lack of mutual regard for the concept often puzzles Japanese observers when it is brought up in the news, with a blog post from a Utah mother who threw a Japanese-themed tea party for her…

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Japanese Town Keeps Promise To Open Up A Hot Spring Themed Spamusement Park

You may remember that last year, the mayor of Beppu city in Kyushuu, famous for its hot spring resorts, created a promotional video for his proposed concept of a hot spring-themed amusement park where guests could enjoy the refreshing experience of traditional Japanese hot springs while riding roller coasters and other attractions. While it seemed ridiculous at the time, the mayor promised to open up the park if the promotional video went viral with over one million views and cleared a crowdfunding goal. After those hurdles were easily cleared, visual plans for the park were released and now the park has arrived. たなともさん(@tana__tomo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 31 9:06午後 PDT While…

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