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Virtual Model imma Is Going Viral On Instagram and Twitter

2019-01-18 01:02

With her beautiful pink hair styled in a cute bob, her large, expressive eyes, flawless skin, full lips and slim proportions, the latest fashion model, imma, now going viral on social media, seems to have everything going for her. Someone without prior knowledge who came across images of her on Instagram standing casually in front of sports cars in a parking garage dressed in otaku-inspired street fashion, trying out clothes at Bottega Veneta or posing in haute-couture in front of a row of vending machines may not even think twice seeing the number of likes in the four digits or her nearly 7,500 users who follow her account (at the…


Toraya’s Elegantly Refurbished Akasaka Flagship Store Is Truly Worth The Visit

2019-01-15 05:23

Toraya: From Kyoto to Tokyo For half a millennium, Toraya has been making the traditional Japanese confections known as wagashi. Founded in Kyoto in the early 16th century when it was purveyor to the imperial court, Toraya moved its headquarters in 1869, following the transfer of the capital from Kyoto to Tokyo. After trying a few locations within the city, Toraya eventually settled on the wealthy neighborhood of Akasaka for its headquarters in 1964. However, after over 50 years, the building began showing signs of age, and Toraya decided to completely refashion its flagship store from the ground up, creating not only a building which testifies to the success and…


No Mural? No Worries! Japanese Lifehacker Invents Instagenic Angel Wings To-Go

2019-01-10 06:32

By now, most people have seen images of people posing in front of angel wing murals. Either through Colette Miller’s Global Angel Wings Project launched in LA in 2012, Kelsey Montague’s wings which became famous when Taylor Swift posed in front of one in 2014, or the numerous other murals inspired by them which continue to pop up all over the world, wing murals have become a staple on Instagram. Although Colette Miller set up a few of her angel wing murals in Japan, they’re still relatively difficult to find. Even in the US, the problem exists for people who don’t happen to live in a major city like Los…


Tokyo’s New “Manga Art Hotel” Has Over 5,000 Manga Titles For Travelers To Lose Themselves In

2019-01-10 01:43

While net cafes and capsule hotels are mostly viewed as an affordable bare bones way to crash when traveling in Japan or after missing a last train, recent years have seen specialty types open targeting otaku and book fans. Now “Manga Art Hotel, Tokyo”, fittingly located near Japan’s “city of manga” in Jimbocho, is opening up and offering capsule lodging with over 5,000 manga titles to keep you entertained. Manga Art Hotel, Tokyo cites a growing number of foreign travelers to Japan (particularly as a lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics) as one reason to offer the special accommodation, which will focus on offering a collection of manga titles (which…


Traditional Japanese Papercutting Octopus Made From A Single Sheet Of Paper

2019-01-09 03:34

The traditional Japanese art of papercutting, or kirie, can truly be a beautiful sight to behold. 25-year veteran Masayo Fukuda, however, may have produced one of the most intricately gorgeous cutting yet. She recently took to Twitter to post what she is calling her masterpiece of 2018 in the form of a stunning kirie octopus! Source: Masayo Fukudaa Source: Masayo Fukuda The super detailed octopus is actually cut from a single sheet of paper, and it took Masayo two months to painstakingly craft and brilliantly make use of negative space. Source: Masayo Fukuda Source: Masayo Fukuda While it may appear as a finely drawn illustration, videos below prove that it’s…


Japanese Manga Artists and Illustrators Welcome 2019 With Awesome Original Cards

2019-01-07 02:40

Every year, many Japanese people send New Year’s post cards called 年賀状 nengajou. While it is possible to buy pre-printed postcards at stationery shops or even convenience stores, creating your own customized nengajou is preferable, which explains brisk sales of specialized nengajou-designing software and crowds lining up at photo shops in December. Customizing a nengajou is commonly done by adding photos, but if you happen to be a manga artist or illustrator, you also have the option of putting your talents to work in an original nengajou of your own design. Since 2019 is the Year of the Boar, according to the Chinese zodiac which is also used in Japan,…


Succubus Swimsuit Crushes Crowdfunding Goal In Japan Because…Well You Know Why

2018-12-29 06:24

If the name Mocolle rings a bell, it may be because the Japanese creative design team Mocolle (whose official brand concept is “Wouldn’t it be nice if this existed?”) seems to specialize in transforming the creative talents of artists and cosplayers into actual fashion items. In the past they’ve made illustrations and cosplay ideas a reality with the ninja girl bikini, shirt that turns your boobs into hamster cheeks, and even shrine maiden loungewear. Source: Mocolle Continuing with their collaboration with popular cosplayers, Mocolle launched a crowdfunding campaign for a Succubus Swimsuit–originally dreamed up by cosplayer non, whom you may remember from our article introducing her photo book project of…


Yokai: 6 Bizarrely Specific Demons From Traditional Japanese Folklore

2018-12-12 04:00

Japanese folklore is a treasure trove of beasts, demons, ghosts and ghoulies. The collective term for these beings is ‘yokai’. Ranging from the terrifying to the adorable, the sheer range is a testament to human creativity. Some of these yokai offer an imaginative, supernatural answer for some of life’s happenings, and sometimes the strangest thing about them is the very specific nature of their activities. Nurikabe Unknown author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When walking the pathways and backalleys of Japan at night, watch out for nurikabe. Basically a moving wall, these apparitions appear out of nowhere to block random human’s paths. Although said to be invisible, Japanese artists through…


Virtual Singer YuNi To Have Her First Live VR Concert on Xmas Eve

2018-12-04 08:34

(Updated: 12/13/18) A rising virtual star Virtual YouTuber and singer YuNi, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing earlier this year, has seen her channel steadily climbing the ranks, now in 8th place for video views at over 23.1 million plays and in 13th place for popularity with over 185,000 fans at time of writing. In addition to her nearly weekly updates of cover songs, she has collaborated with other VTubers, made appearances on Japanese television and even made her first virtual performance abroad at C3AFA in Singapore earlier this week. With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren Sakuragi With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren…


Japanese Illustrator Suzusiro Puts Maids on Skateboards And We Can’t Complain

2018-12-03 07:17

If you’re a fan of Japanese manga and anime, you may have seen skateboarding characters before (Misaka Yata in K comes to mind), and there’s a very strong probability that you’ve seen maid characters before (Roberta from Black Lagoon, Ram and Rem from Re:Zero Beginning Life In Another World, etc.), but unless you’re a fan of Japanese illustrator Suzusiro, you’ve probably never ever seen the two of them combined! Suzusiro is an illustrator who is most famous for fusing his two passions, skateboarding and maids, into a completely new genre (which, if you ask us, is begging to be made into an anime series): the maid skater. With permission from…


15-Year-Old Japanese Artist’s Tricky 3D Coca Cola Art Is Good Enough To Drink

2018-11-26 04:50

We’ve seen optical illusions used in everything from special shirts to give appearance of a bigger breast size and bringing anime characters to life, but 15-year-old Japanese artist Keito (@Yassun0222K might have found the most effective way to use them by drawing everyday objects all around him. Keito says he likes to practice copying objects he sees in his daily life, but one of his most recent illustrations had many convinced it wasn’t a drawing at all. コカ・コーラ描きました!!🍹#コカ・コーラ #色鉛筆 pic.twitter.com/DJdZc9x84k — 慧人 (@Yassun0222K) 2018年11月20日 Outside of producing a very realistic illustration of the bottle itself and a tricky 3D effect, Keito seems to have perfectly captured the image of a…


Professional Anime Artist Continues Transforming His Sons’ Sketches Into Amazing Characters

2018-11-26 02:43

In the past we’ve had the pleasure of introducing Tokyo-based French anime artist Thomas Romain (Symphogear, Space Dandy, Aria, Macross Delta, and Basquash!) and the collaborative series of artwork he produces with his two sons titled “Father and Sons Design Workshop Illustrations”. Working together, Romain takes the deceivingly simple looking (but definitely creative) doodles and sketches made by his sons, and then applies his skills as a professional animator to turn them into detailed illustrations that help shine a light on the imaginative power of character design and world building that can stem from a child and a piece of paper. In the series (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,…


Final Fantasy Illustrator Yoshitaka Amano Designs Awesome Original Ninja Character For Beautiful Shamisen

2018-11-26 12:09

Highlights of the prolific career of revered illustrator Yoshitaka Amano include lending his beautiful combination of Art Noveau inspiration and traditional Japanese brushwork to iconic titles such as the Final Fantasy series and Vampire Hunter D. The world famous artist has taken on some quite surprising side projects along the way, however, including a beautiful Cinderella picture book and other renditions of European and Japanese fairy tales. Now Amano has lent his elegant artistic touch to a shamisen he helped design with an original female ninja character! It is a beautiful woman ninja Shaura painted by game FF Amano Yoshitaka.Everyone in London is pleased with the shamisen of Yoshitaka Amano…


Japan Celebrates Eevee Day!

2018-11-21 01:51

You’ll find no shortage of love for bushy-tailed Pokemon Eevee in Japan. This year at the now world famous Pikachu Outbreak festival which hosts an army of 1,500 Pikachus, an invading Eevee army appeared. So it makes sense that Eevee’s popularity has now translated into one of Japan’s many informal “holiday” puns. Happy Eevee Day! #イーブイの日 pic.twitter.com/JxBh3HaonN — かしわ (@3920kashiwa) 2018年11月20日 Today (November 11th) marks “Eevee” day in Japan. That’s because 11 resembles the Japanese sound of “ee” (いい), and “21”–well, although it’s bit clumsy to break down, can be read/interpreted as the Japanese pronunciation of “vee” in this case. It’s a little more complicated than Japan’s “panties and bunny…


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…


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