Art

Tattooing Is Not A Medical Procedure, Japanese Court Decides

2018-11-20 06:44

According to the Sankei News, tatto artist Taiki Masuda (30) was acquitted by the High Court of Osaka on Nov. 14 for practicing his art without a medical license. Presiding judge Masaki Nishida explained in his ruling that “The act of tattooing does not constitute a medical procedure. Therefore, it is not appropriate to prohibit the practice according to the Medical Practitioners’ Law.” The High Court ruling effectively overturned an earlier ruling made by the Lower Court charging Masuda with violating said law and asking him to pay a fine of 150,000 JPY. Taiki Masuda (Left) speaking at a press conference following the ruling in his favor by the High…


Illustrator’s Clever Simpsons And Pokemon Crossover Design Goods Are Perfect For Fans Of Both

2018-11-20 05:49

London-based illustrator and graphic designer Thumbs grew up with a passion for skateboarding and the art surrounding it, as well as 90’s cartoons and comic books. That couldn’t be more obvious in his awesome and creative artwork that specializes in crossovers of his favorite cartoons, which have gained a wave of popularity that eventually led to the talented artist producing his own pins, stickers, and shirts for sale. While he has various crossover-themed goods to choose from, his series of designs that combine The Simpsons with classic anime such as Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon appear to be fan favorites, and demonstrate the creativity that goes into making the mashup…


Japanese Papercraft Artist Expertly Turns Empty Pringles Cans Into Dashing Potato Chip Boyband

2018-11-19 03:08

You may remember super talented Japanese university student and papercraft art enthusiast @02ESyRaez4VhR2l (Haruki), who just last month impressed Twitter and even garnered national television coverage in Japan for his awesome reconstruction of an empty Pringles can into a dapper figure of Julius Pringles, the Pringles mascot. If you need a refresher, here’s the original. プリングルズの空箱で工作しました!#papercraft#packingart pic.twitter.com/l8Wx38MXt0 — 晴季 (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l) 2018年10月16日 Now Haruki has outdone himself a group of five Pringles gentleman (from orginal, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, bbq, and honey mustard if you’re counting) that are so colorful and lively posed, they could double as a potato chip themed boy band or Japanese sentai superhero group!…


The Beautiful Creepy-Crawly World of Watercolor Illustrator Nishizuka em

2018-11-15 09:55

The Enticing Entomophilia of Nishizuka em Some people, especially in Japan, have a particularly strong aversion to caterpillars of all sorts. If you’re one of them, you may not enjoy the images below. And yet, with their striking spots and stripes, and their multi-colored designs, caterpillars can be beautiful to behold. With a stretch of the imagination, maybe you could think of them as cute and endearing, the way they move around slowly with their puffy bodies and tiny feet. And if you’re brave or if you’re actually an entomophile at heart, you could even consider cuddling up with a giant caterpillar or wrapping one around your neck like a…


Stunning and Heartwarming Photography From the ‘Bubble Uncle’ Who Spreads Joy Around Japan

2018-11-15 05:48

A man who calls himself Bubble Ojisan (a word meaning a middle aged man or uncle) on Twitter has been spreading joy with the simple pleasure of soap bubbles. Source: 3mss3mss His profile describes him as a bubbles artist. Based in Chiba, he performs bubble shows in various places around Japan and posts stunning photos on Twitter, combining the Japanese landscape with the dreamy aesthetic of the bubbles. Source: 3mss3mss He also shares wisdom to his followers, giving an insight into why he does what he does. 面白がってやっているヤツと、 苦労してやっているヤツと、どっちが勝つかな。 やっぱりさ、面白がってやっているヤツにはかなわないんだよ。 青島 幸男さんのこの言葉が大好き!!!好きなことをもっと好きになろうぜ…わーわーわー!! pic.twitter.com/N5LHCjCleZ — シャボン玉おじさん (@3mss3mss) 6 August 2018 Someone who enjoys himself and someone who works hard, who would win?…


Each Page of Fist of the North Star Chapter One Made Into T-Shirts: 49 To Choose From!

2018-11-13 07:37

Fans of the legendary post-apocalyptic manga and anime Fist of the North Star who happen to be in Japan between now and Monday, November 19th have an opportunity to buy something very special. All 49 pages of Chapter One: “A Cry from the Heart” are being made into individual T-shirts, including the first four color pages. © Buronson, © Tetsuo Hara | © PR Times, Inc. For example, here is the opening page with the line: “In 199X the world was covered with atomic fires.” © Buronson, © Tetsuo Hara | © PR Times, Inc. Or the page where we are first introduced to Kenshiro’s trademark attack, the Hokuto Hyakuretsu…


Japanese Artist’s Charming Bunny Illustrations Will Hop Into Your Heart

2018-11-13 12:13

It’s hard to express the joy of living with a pet unless you actually have one, but Japanese illustrator and bunny lover Schinako (@schinako) may be doing as great a job as possible with her charming artwork. In her illustrations, Schinako shows some of the simple pleasures that these adorable and fascinating animals can bring to daily activities such as cooking, reading, or simply relaxing around the house. In her profile, she writes that she loves drawing “the happiness of bunny and bunny lovers”, and her delightful art style captures that perfectly. Source: Schinako The Fukushima based artist clearly understands the curious and affectionate nature of rabbits (inspired by her…


Japanese Artist Creates Traditional Kiriko Style Glasses in Miniature Form

2018-11-12 06:30

It would seem Japanese people have a knack for creating incredibly detailed works of art in miniature form. We’ve already seen artists creating sculptures on the tip of a pencil, artists creating miniature Zen gardens and miniature sushi food samples. From time to time, these works are showcased on Twitter through hashtags which gather momentum. The most recent example was a hashtag ハンドメイド界隈のテンション上げてく為に自分のイチオシ作品画像を貼ろう which translates to “let’s post images of our favorite works to get people psyched in the field of handmade [art]” Miniature Kiriko Glasses Miniature artist megu (@meguxmini) participated in the hashtag campaign, promoting her own minuscule yet detailed reproductions of traditional Kiriko style glasses. Kiriko, or Satsuma…


Anime Fans Will Love The New Toei Animation Museum

2018-11-12 05:57

Introduction to the Toei Animation Museum On July 28th, the new Toei Animation Museum opened its doors to the public. Located in the Oizumi area of Nerima Ward, Tokyo, on the first floor of the world-famous Toei Animation‘s New Oizumi Studio building, the museum allows visitors to learn about the various steps of creating anime through a series of interactive displays, view video clips and read about Toei Anime works from across the decades on a giant interactive screen and enjoy photo opportunities with cutouts and life-sized figures of famous Toei Animation characters. The temporary exhibit space currently features the popular Precure anime series. There’s also a museum shop where…


INGRESS THE ANIMATION Kicks Off Fuji TV’s +Ultra Anime Lineup

2018-11-09 11:39

Fuji TV’s +Ultra Anime Programming Japan’s Fuji Television network created the +Ultra anime programming lineup as “a new challenge.” As expressed in their motto: “We want to spread anime culture abroad too,” each anime series in their lineup is simultaneously launched on Fuji Television and on Netflix, thus making them available to a global audience. Three anime series have been announced thus far, with the first, INGRESS THE ANIMATION, already on air since October 15th. The second series, revisions, will launch in January 2019, and the third, CAROLE & TUESDAY, in April 2019. INGRESS THE ANIMATION INGRESS THE ANIMATION tells the story of an epic battle for the fate of…


Japanese Illustrators Awed By AI Coloring Tool Express Astonishment on Twitter

2018-11-08 10:34

AI continues to make inroads in every field, including art and entertainment. For example, we have already seen AI which can generate faces of idols which don’t exist. For illustrators who need to color their drawings, the free online AI tool Style2Paints has already enjoyed a certain level of popularity. However, now that the latest update, Version 4, has been released, Japanese Twitter users can’t stop singing its praises. With new features such as rendering model control and a choice between a careful mode and careless mode for different coloring effects, the tool can now produce some astonishing results. Let’s take a look at some of the results Japanese illustrators…


Shimonada: Romantic Views at Japan’s Dreamlike Unstaffed Seaside Train Station

2018-11-07 04:13

There’s a remote train station in Ehime prefecture, Japan. The station is unmanned and there’s a simple shelter with benches and not much else, the surrounding area is sleepy countryside. Despite not having much going on, people purposely ride to Shimonada station, in the middle of nowhere, just to get off, sit on the platform and wait for the next train. The reason for this is that the minimalist layout offers stunning unobstructed views of the Seto Inland Sea and makes for incredibly photogenic scenery. These dreamy photo sets were uploaded to Twitter by one recent visitor (@neohimeism), and they fully showcase the appeal of the station. Source: neohimeism Source:…


Japanese Manga Artist Shocked to Find Mother’s Incredible 50 Year Old Illustrations

2018-11-06 05:05

Japanese illustrator Mokowata (@mokowata) makes a living off her artistic ability, but she was surprised when she dug up some of her mum’s old drawings from her high school days. The quality was so high and the characters so charming, she just had to share them. Posting the illustrations on Twitter with her mum’s permission, she wrote that they are ‘100 times better’ than what she could do in high school. Source: mokowata Drawn fifty years ago, the style and fashion of the characters gives a strong sense of the time. The images charmed many on Twitter and there were outpourings of love from self-proclaimed fans, many said the characters…


The Adorable Mini-Gardens And Animal Homes Of Japanese Countryside Drainage Pipes

2018-11-01 01:15

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of strolling through the Japanese countryside, you’ve likely been treated to a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, and even scents that can sometimes make it seem as if you’ve been spirited away by nature. Some of the most rewarding finds, however, aren’t in plain sight. Collector, photographer, and nature enthusiast sakanakudo helps shine a light on those hidden wonders by taking pictures of the tiny ecosystems inside Japanese drainage pipes: miniature gardens and animal homes! Source: @sakanakudo Source: @sakanakudo Sloping walls and structures such as these are found everywhere in hilly areas of Japan, and are meant to retain soil and mud from overflowing into…


Design Cover Art With Japanese Fonts Like A Pro With These Tips

2018-10-26 02:26

If you’ve ever been inside a Japanese bookstore or a music store, you’ve probably seen cover art for novels, photo books and CDs. Chances are, you noticed that there were some common design conventions when it comes to the layout of the Japanese text, but you may not be able to clearly identify what they are. bm.iphone / © Flickr Why should you care? Well, even if you’re quite sure you’ll never publish a book or a CD or create design in other media featuring Japanese text, trying your hand at Japanese cover design can be fun if you find Japanese text visually appealing and it could even be an…


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