Art

Japanese Fast Food Chains Turn Themselves Into A Power Ranger Style Superhero Team

2018-07-20 03:54

After seeing Japanese Kit-Kat flavors turned into handsome anime men and worldwide fast food chains drawn as anime personas, it looks like actual Japanese fast food chains are getting in on the fun. Popular Japanese gyudon (beef bowl) chain Yoshinoya recently took to Twitter to announce a new campaign to form a sentai (Japanese superhero team, such as Power Rangers) with other companies known as the Meat Rangers. 今週のボツ企画ww「肉関連企業を5社集めてニクレンジャーを結成する」ボツ理由→5社も巻き込むなんて実現不可能。。。 お蔵入りさせるのがもったいないから投稿だけしてみた( ˘ω˘ ) pic.twitter.com/QD1DJK9Ydo — 吉野家 (@yoshinoyagyudon) 2018年7月6日 Surprisingly, other companies decided to get in on the fun. Japanese family restaurant Gusto asked how to participate, and Yoshinoya told them that for now, posting illustrations of your franchise as a sentai…


Cosplayers to Watch: Yuria Fujino (Photos and Interview)

2018-07-19 11:07

Yuria Fujino is a proud otaku who is not only passionate about cosplaying, she has made efforts ever since her middle school days to reach out beyond Japan, in particular, to France, where her experiences meeting and interacting with local anime and manga fans were so inspirational that she made otaku culture in France her university thesis. In addition to cosplay and photo book production, Yuria also does some conventional model work. If you’re lucky, you might find her at sake bar Katsurada in Shinjuku where she has occasional part-time shifts. Interview grape Japan (gJ): Since when have you been cosplaying? Yuria Fujino (YF): Since around ten years ago. In…


Omiya Railway Museum Showcases Dawn of Railroads in Japan Until Sept. 30

2018-07-18 09:00

© Japan Forward Text: Earl H. Kinmonth, Professor Emeritus, Taisho University This year is the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. In a narrow sense the Meiji Restoration meant restoring the imperial institution to a central position in the Japanese polity. In a broader sense, though, it meant renovation and restructuring. One key component of this was the construction of railroads. Whereas the pre-Meiji regime carried out limited road and bridge building and restricted the size of ships, the new Meiji government saw improved transportation in general—and railroads in particular—as of prime importance in making Japan a strong, modern country. Just five years after the overthrow of the Tokugawa regime…


Rainbow Sunset in Japan Brings ‘Your Name’ Scenery into Reality

2018-07-17 06:24

Despite the scorching heat, there is one particular characteristic of Japanese summer which is worth celebrating. During this time of year you can see dramatically beautiful and colourful sunsets. This stunning photo was taken outside Yoshida Shrine in Kyoto by a university student, surprisingly on a smartphone. Source: chai_kyoto She uploaded the photo with the caption, ‘without thinking I stopped and took this.’ The breathtaking photo gained over 81,000 retweets and over 406,000 likes, with many replies agreeing that the sky is so striking that anyone would have stopped to capture the moment. The looming torii gate gives the photo a definite sense of place and many commenters compared the…


Cosplayers to Watch: Chamomile (Photos and Interview)

2018-07-13 08:02

Raised in Yokosuka, Chamomile is a multicultural cosplayer with Japanese and Filipino-American heritage. Her range of activities stretches very wide across the gamut of cosplay, encompassing everything from cosplay modeling, event modeling, modeling for color contact lenses, performing on stage and creating photo books. She’s also active as a cosplay makeup artist. Chamomile is very keen on making international connections, and she hopes she can serve as a bridge between countries through her various talents and activities. You can call her Chamomile or Chami! Interview grape Japan (gJ): Since when have you been cosplaying? Chamomile: I started cosplaying four years ago. gJ: Why do you cosplay? Chamomile: I love anime,…


Sashimi Artist Daintily Recreates Japanese Tanabata Legend in Raw Fish

2018-07-13 05:19

Anything can become art. Recently we’ve seen apples among other things transformed into beautiful works worthy of being placed in a gallery. On his Instagram, @mikyoui00 posts photos of his elegant and delicious looking arrangements that wouldn’t look out of place in the most upmarket of restaurants. @mikyoui00がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 5月月9日午前5時34分PDT But he also produces delicate and beautiful images using his sashimi arrangement skills. It was recently Tanabata, the star festival, and these plates of raw fish beautifully show characters from the story the festival is based on. Using silver seabream and amberjack, he created Orihime, the princess from the story who weaves beautiful clothes in the Milky Way. Source:…


Famous Manga Artists, Illustrators Support West Japan Flood Victims With Their Art

2018-07-13 04:40

As the survivors of the West Japan Flood are still struggling to recover from water and landslide damage and mourning the loss of their loved ones who passed away, messages of support have been pouring in from within and beyond Japanese borders. Numerous charity organizations are accepting donations and some of them are also geared towards English-speaking donors, as we reported earlier this week. In times like these, as we have seen with the Kumamoto Earthquake, for example, Japanese illustrators and manga artists often post artwork on their social media accounts with messages of support. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a hashtag #西日本頑張ろうイラスト (which translates to something like:…


Interview With Touko Nakamura, Japan’s Cutest Anime Song DJ [Video]

2018-07-12 07:06

Touko Nakamura Is Performing This Weekend at Re:animation 12, Japan’s Largest Outdoor Anime Song, Techno and House Music Festival We had the pleasure of interviewing Touko Nakamura, anime song DJ and aspiring singer, now registered in famous talent agency Horipro’s newly established subsidiary Horipro International, as she prepares for her upcoming performance at Re:animation 12, Japan’s premiere outdoor rave for anime song and game song lovers as well as techno and house music fans. Profile “Hi, I’m Touko Nakamura and I’m 22 years old. I love anime and anisongs! I was a finalist in the Singer Actress Audition at the 39th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan. As ‘the cutest anisong DJ…


Japan’s Most Beautiful Calligrapher Demonstrates Writing The Most Difficult Kanji

2018-07-12 05:31

Bisen Aoyagi At 28, the beautiful master calligrapher Bisen Aoyagi has already made a name for herself, having exhibited at numerous galleries, performed live calligraphy for major Japanese companies and outside of Japan at expositions and cultural festivals. She also has a growing following on social media with nearly 89,000 fans on Instagram and over 25,000 on Twitter. 昨日の撮影🎥😀 ヘアメイクさんすごく上手😂 お母さんと同姓同名でビックリした!笑 #アルビオン #albion #artwork #art #architecture #beauty #movie #aoyagibisen #青柳美扇 #love #instagood #instadaily #JAPAN#j #japanese #手書き #tatto #calligraphy #japanesecalligraphy #calligrapher #書道 #書道家 #ink #書道パフォーマンス #美扇筆 #training #artist #artistsoninstagram 青柳美扇 aoyagibisen 書道家/墨象アーティストさん(@aoyagibisen)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月10日午後9時31分PDT The most difficult kanji In a video she posted on her Twitter account, Ms. Aoyagi shows…


Artist Beautifully Combines Japanese “Spiritual Birds” And Trees To Illustrate The Four Seasons

2018-07-12 05:00

One of the minor but common grievances you’ll find among expatriates in Japan is a disdain for being asked “Does your country have four seasons?” or what sometimes comes across as excessive praise for Japan having four seasons. While it can be a bit comical at times, these comments are usually misunderstood, as most Japanese people are referring to how distinct and pronounced the differences between the four seasons are in Japan, and is an appreciation of the sights, sounds, and events celebrated between fall, winter, spring, and summer. Japanese artist @white16074 has created a series of four illustrations that beautifully highlights those seasonal distinctions through the imposing but graceful…


Japanese Artist Makes Stunning Stained Glass Origami Cranes

2018-07-11 05:52

In Japan, cranes are seen as mystical creatures, symbols of luck and longevity. They have a fabled life span of 1000 years, and for this reason it is said that anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. A gift of 1000 cranes may be given to someone ill or in hospital, or they can be seen at war memorials as a symbol of peace. These cranes look like origami, but also like they could have been formed in stained glass. You can’t fold glass, so which is it? Source: kurumilkcheese The truth, is that they are neither of those things. Japanese Twitter user,…


Meet Noname-chan, Psychedelic Costume Character and Aspiring Fashion Model

2018-07-11 09:23

Noname-chan (pronounced “no-na-mé-chan”) is a costumed character with a psychedelic fashion sense, beautifully sparkling eyes and a passion for fashion and music. Produced by miyako, who garnered international attention last year with her ishoku hada gyaru 異色肌ギャル fashion (which can be translated as “unique skin” or “other skin”), Noname-chan was revealed to the world on May 17th when she launched her Twitter account. Source:@nnm_tube Source:@nnm_tube While much about Noname-chan is still veiled in mystery, we were able to ask her producer miyako a few questions: grape Japan (gJ): What is the purpose of Noname-chan’s activities? miyako: The purpose of her activities is to be a happy presence and a fashion…


Japanese Illustrator Applies Different Styles Of Popular Anime To Disney Princesses

2018-07-10 02:05

Japanese illustrator re-imagines Disney Princesses using different anime art styles. Whether it’s turning fast food chain mascots into anime characters or drawing Japanese Kit-Kat flavors as handsome men, it’s clear that illustrators can have a lot of fun applying an anime aesthetic to popular characters. Japanese Twitter user, illustrator, and lover of cute things Miochi (@mio_ney) has given the trend a lovely twist, however, by drawing Disney princesses in the different styles of various popular anime–perfectly replicating each artist’s personal designs! Source: @mio_ney The illustration, titled “Disney Princess in Japanese Cartoon” by Miochi mimics the instantly recognizable styles of Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, and Akira Toriyama, while also turning Mulan…


Japanese Fruit Carver Shows Off Unbelievably Intricate Work

2018-07-09 05:32

Growing up you were probably told not to play with your food, but your parents could probably forgive you if you produced masterpieces like this. スイカの上半分にバラを彫りました。#フルーツカービング #果物彫刻 pic.twitter.com/yqlXFa7Qy7 — 佐藤朋子 (@atelier_SATO) 19 April 2018 Tomoko Sato hosts fruit and soap carving classes in Kyoto and Fukui, and she posts photos of her beautifully elaborate art on Twitter. りんごを彫ったものです。バラと襞襟を組み合わせてみました。#フルーツカービング #果物彫刻 pic.twitter.com/8RpcQRX1TD — 佐藤朋子 (@atelier_SATO) 1 June 2018 She often carves apples and melons and the intricate patterns and designs show an unthinkable amount of technical skill, as well as artistic flair. Watermelon looks particularly beautiful when carved, the insides forming a pink and white gradient fitting for flower designs. スイカを彫ったものです。元のスイカの形がとてもきれいな丸だったので、シルエットを活かせるように全体的に皮を残したデザインにしました。#フルーツカービング #果物彫刻 pic.twitter.com/eYbQanVYgN — 佐藤朋子…


The Art of Shinkansen: Bullet Trains in Japan

2018-07-09 02:25

The Bullet trains in Japan—Shinkansen—are famous worldwide for their speed, efficiency, comfort, and sheer elegance of shape. They are so elegant, in fact, that the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) decided to launch the “Art of Shinkansen,” a series of 14 GIFs showcasing the high-speed train. © Japan Forward Artists from all over the world were asked to depict in a GIF various aspects of the Tokaido line, the train line which connects Tokyo to the port city of Osaka. The Shinkansen carries almost 500,000 people per day, for a total of nearly 165 million people per year. This means it has carried an estimated 5.6 billion people since…


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