Art

[Part 2] Japanese Artist’s Dark, Deep And Powerful Illustrations Will Definitely Make You Think

2018-09-19 11:54

Avogado6 (アボガド6) is a talented Japanese artist doesn’t offer much information about himself other than their fondness for chemistry and creating video works, but there is a ton of conversation to be had about their dark and though-provoking artwork. Avogado6’s illustrations, which we’ve had the pleasure of introducing before, often use powerful imagery and symbolism to reflect on societal problems, but also personal depression and trauma. All of Avogado6’s work can be seen on their official website and Twitter account, but below are some recent standout pieces that will leave you thinking! Hollow Avogado6 Responsibility Source: Avogado6 Affirmation Source: Avogado6 Disassociation Source: Avogado6 Powder Avogado6 Path of Humanity Avogado6 Changing…


Minecraft Community’s Sprawling Japanese City Could Easily Double As Photography

2018-09-10 01:47

Creative members of the Minecraft community have been building intricately designed worlds for years, even going so far as to recreate the entire world of Studio Ghibli’s beloved My Neighbor Totoro. One of the most recent Minecraft wonders isn’t inspired by a world of fantasy however. In fact, it’s the spitting image of a thriving Japanese metropolis, and many were surprised to find that it doesn’t actually exist. ※マインクラフトの画像です#Minecraft #minecraft都市開発部 #佐山市 pic.twitter.com/ncgTINFLpe — 佐山県(公式)@ワールド配布中 (@Sayama_City) 2018年8月26日 50 Minecraft players have come together to create Sayama City–a fictional Japanese city that while nowhere near close to completion, has all the landmarks and details of major Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka,…


Japanese Figure Artist Shows How Monster Energy Drinks Get Their Claw Marks

2018-08-30 01:07

Energy drink fans are familiar with the iconic “slash marks” that adorn the label of Monster Energy cans and help illustrate the brand’s “unleash the beast” slogan, but Japanese original figure maker @nendoseizin1987 couldn’t help but imagine just what creature was causing those marks. The freelance artist mused in a Tweet, “After drinking a Monster Energy, I imagined just who was behind these claw marks, so I tried making it.” The result is a cycloptic taloned creature with a a psychedelic aesthetic fitting of the energy drink brand, made from sculpey polymer clay. Source: @nendoseizin1987 Source: @nendoseizin1987 Source: @nendoseizin1987 モンスターエナジーを飲んだ後、この爪痕の主はどんなのだろーと妄想してたので作ってみました。#モンスターエナジー pic.twitter.com/ToOXeDhUvK — RYO@ねんど星人 (@nendoseizin1987) 2018年8月28日 @nendoseizin1987’s talented works and garage…


Lure of the City: Upar’s Airy and Uplifting Illustrations Will Kindle Your Wanderlust

2018-08-28 02:00

When he’s not working a full-time job as a company employee, Japanese Illustrator Upar creates charming and mostly cheerful vignettes of fictional cities with apparent influences from Europe and occasional hints of fantasy mixed in. On his Twitter profile, Upar explains that he likes to draw moments of “going out somewhere.” Indeed, the young girls in his illustrations seem to be either headed somewhere, waiting for someone or simply enjoying the moment. At the same time, it almost feels as if we are being lured by the gentle wind that seems to freely flow through his compositions, inviting us to go for a stroll in the city. Here are just…


Japanese Artist Kei Mieno’s Paintings Are Almost Too Real To Believe

2018-08-27 03:42

We have previously introduced the incredible works of Japanese painter Kei Mieno, whose women painted in oils are depicted on canvas with such skill and astounding attention to all details ranging from sunlight, shadow, skin tone, texture and even individual strands of hair, that they seem to have been captured in real life. His most recently completed work reveals, once again, how uncannily lifelike his paintings can be: Source: @mienokei Source: @mienokei Source: @mienokei Source: @mienokei If you need more convincing that this is a painting, Kei Mieno has provided the following evidence: あと1週間は髪の毛だけ描いてそう#art #oilpainting #wip #油絵 pic.twitter.com/uZ9liGAnlt — 三重野 慶art (@mienokei) August 18, 2018 #art #oilpainting #wip #油絵 ☺️…


Japanese Designer Crafts Awesome Samurai Noodle Warriors

2018-08-23 05:53

One look at the Twitter and Instagram of Taishi Arimura will show you that the Tokyo-based graphic designer has a witty and creative style of art. When he’s not depicting Mt. Fuji as sukiyaki noodles or giving us a double-take worthy contrast of Japanese city and country life, Arimura is working away at a series that combines samurai spirit and delicious appeal with “noodles who fight”–or bushido warriors crafted out of noodles! Source: Taishi Arimura Arimura makes use of Japan’s famously realistic and delicious Japanese food samples and transforms their styrofoam packaging into impressively detailed replication of traditional samurai armor.  With layered and detailed crafting, even the innocuous packaging of…


Japanese Designer Shows the Difference Between Cities and Countryside with Brilliantly Simple Illustration

2018-08-22 05:18

Inner city and countryside areas are often talked about in opposing terms. Lively and peaceful. Man-made and natural. Overpopulated and underpopulated. The opposing characteristics can be clearly seen in Japan, a country with both sprawling metropolises, as well as vast swathes of countryside. This designer’s (Arimura Taishi) image starkly illustrates one aspect of the urban-countryside dichotomy. If the black background represents night-time scenery, the sparkling lights of the city come from the buildings, illuminating the bottom half of the image. But flip the image vertically and it becomes the rural areas, the white dots expressing the stars, and the bottom half in pitch black. Source: 15424578268 They are labelled as…


Photographer Explores Kyoto Shrine and Finds Tiny Hidden World

2018-08-21 05:47

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist spots in the area. The sprawling shrine is most famous for its path of striking red torii gates and bamboo forest. モモさん(@kuramubon064)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 8月月20日午後10時19分PDT There’s plenty to explore as the shrine grounds are massive, and this intrepid photographer stumbled upon an eccentric little known feature of the religious site. His photos went viral on Twitter, with many people becoming captivated by the magical atmosphere. At first it may look like an ordinary photo of a shrine, but something seems a little off. If you compare the gates to the trees the proportions seem a bit weird. Source:…


Ushiku Buddha Japan’s Tallest Statue Lights Up With Firework Show

2018-08-21 05:47

The Ushiku Daibutsu, a 120-metre-tall bronze figure of Buddha, is the tallest statue in Japan and third tallest in the world. Despite only being just over an hour away from Tokyo station, it is little known as a tourist destination. This is probably due to the out of the way location, a bus ride away from the remote Ushiku station in Ibaraki Prefecture. However, the spectacular sight of the towering deity is well worth the detour. Source: Taihei_Tsukada Every year on August 15th a fireworks display and light show takes place at the mammoth statue creating an awe-inspiring show. Source: Taihei_Tsukada This photographer managed to capture these stunning photos which…


Japanese Artist Illustrates The Hilariously Frustrating Daily Life Of A Crocodile In Human Society

2018-08-21 03:35

Japanese artist Keigo illustrates the sad but funny life of a Crocodile in human society Japanese illustrator Keigo has a talent for depicting absurd fictional situations in a comical and quirky style. While the artist doesn’t have a lot to say about himself, his simple but eccentric work has gained quite the following of fans looking for slice of life humor on Instagram and even been compiled into an art book. Many of his illustrations show bleak but humorous in a creative way that despite their silliness, capture an element of frustration just easy enough to relate to. keigoさん(@k5fuwa)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月12日午後3時38分PDT keigoさん(@k5fuwa)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月28日午前6時48分PDT One of Keigo’s most…


We Tried Haruki Nakamura’s Pop Up Penguin

2018-08-17 07:54

Last year, we wrote about an amazing pop-up penguin “bomb” made only of paper and rubber bands which had a surprising pop-up action. Made by papercraft artisan Haruki Nakamura, the toy is called Penguin Bomb Adelie Penguin. On our visit to the amateur model and crafts event Wonder Festival last month, we were surprised to see Mr. Nakamura manning his own booth. As it turned out, he was selling the pop up penguin, together with other new products, so we bought one and brought it in to the office. Assembly The instructions are available in other languages if you download them from the official website but we used the Japanese…


These Shiba Inu Figures Will Help You Through The Hot Summer Months

2018-08-16 07:07

Twice a year, mostly amateur figure modelers and sculptors display and sell their latest “garage kit” creations at Wonder Festival in the Makuhari Messe convention center. Earlier this year, we covered some of the amazing creations you can find there and we were so impressed that we decided to return for the summer edition. We’ll have our full coverage of the garage kits at Wonder Festival Summer 2018 in a separate article, but first, we wanted to show you some adorable shiba inu figures: Atsuiinu This summer has been particularly hot in Japan as well as many other parts of the world, and shibas, like humans, can only take so…


Naruto, One Piece, My Hero Academia and More At Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 3 [Photo Report]

2018-08-15 08:08

Shonen Jump Exhibition Is A Must-See For Manga and Anime Fans Many manga and anime fans probably know that Weekly Shonen Jump has consistently published manga series that have become mega-hits with fans around the world. Captain Tsubasa, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball and City Hunter mostly in the 1980s, Slam Dunk, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu Yu Hakusho, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure mostly in 1990s, and then Death Note, The Prince of Tennis, Bleach, Naruto, One Piece and recent favorites like Assassination Classroom and My Hero Academia in the 21st century. While the earlier works of the 80s and 90s are still popular (some due to ongoing or recent adaptations…


Helping Japan Flood Victims with Every Bottle of ‘Dassai Shima Kosaku’ Sake

2018-08-10 11:18

JAPAN Forward, Yukihiro Watanabe A series of floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains devastated extensive areas of western Japan in July. Among the victims was popular sake maker Asahi Shuzo Co., Ltd. Asahi Shuzo’s brewing facilities in Yamaguchi Prefecture suffered heavy damage during the extreme weather. There was flooding above floor level, and severed power lines caused a three-day facility-wide power outage. All bottles of sake which were affected by floodwaters and smeared with mud were entirely scrapped. Asahi Shuzo officials then investigated the quality of sake in the firm’s 150 brewing tanks—amounting to a total of 500,000 liters of sake—to determine the extent to which the floods affected…


These Papercraft Mosquitoes Look So Real You’ll Want To Swat Them

2018-08-09 12:30

Japan: A Paper Craft Paradise When it comes to creating art with paper, Japan, with its long history of making exquisite washi paper and its internationally recognized art of origami, has produced its fair share of amazing artists. From paper toys animated with paper and rubber bands such as Haruki Nakamura’s pop-up penguin bomb, Seiji Tsukimoto’s clockwork pop-up art, or Risa’s intricately carved paper texts and animals, we have seen some remarkable artistry. Paper Craft Artist Scissorhands Combining realism with attention to detail and remarkable technical abilities, artist Masanobu Azami, who goes by the name Scissorhands, also deserves honorable mention among his Japanese paper-crafting peers. Just as comfortable making skeletons,…


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