Art

This Touching Moment Between a Japanese Grandma and Her Shiba Inu Dog is Too Wholesome

2018-05-22 06:04

Photographer YASUTO (@yasuto8888) must have realized after the buzz surrounding previous photos that grandmother plus dog plus flowers is the perfect recipe for a movingly beautiful shot. We shared this photo previously which manages to perfectly convey the photographer’s grandmother’s playful nature all in a whimsical spring setting. Source: @yasuto8888 This winning combination is back for another photo to pull at our heartstrings. After the spring vibes of the last photo under cherry blossom trees, this new image has a more of a summery feeling. In a field of blooming poppies, the photographer’s grandmother takes her beloved pet for a walk. Source: @yasuto8888 One photo can tell a whole story…


The Nostalgic Cityscapes of Japanese Illustrator Rokuban

2018-05-22 04:16

“I want to make art that somehow resonates with the viewer” Japanese illustrator Rokuban draws fictional cities and urban megastructures that seem to combine a sense of otherworldliness with a nostalgia for the Showa Era of Japan, with perhaps a bit of influence from other East Asian cities thrown in. Even though the residents rarely make an appearance, the sprawling city they inhabit imposes its presence. Sometimes bright and colorful with lights and neon signs alive with warm hues, sometimes darker and more restrained against an invariably cloudy but bright azure sky, his cityscapes are both familiar and foreign, at times inviting and at other times imposing and perhaps even…


The Best and Brightest of Japan’s Twitter Artists

2018-05-18 04:42

The best artists in Japan to follow on Twitter. In Japan, many famous artists have strong social media followings on Twitter, but recently lesser known illustrators and creative talents have been recently using a hashtag to gain more attention and hopefully strike it big. The hashtag, #私の作品もっと沢山の人に広がれ祭り, translates to “A festival to spread my work out to more people!”, and it’s certainly worked to showcase a variety of hidden artistic gems. While several of the artists introduced below are already acclaimed in their own right, many gained popularity via the hashtag and routinely put out truly fascinating work. Here are several examples of artists in Japan making a name for…


Japanese Artist Creates Stunning Palm-Sized Universe Dioramas

2018-05-17 01:59

Japanese artist Seiradou (@seiradou12) may need to be careful not to develop a god complex when applying their craft, as the talented “handmade artist” is turning heads on Twitter by building paperweight-sized fantasy-inspired ruins and universes out of resin, and intricately placed gears and watches. Source: Seiradou Source: Seiradou Source: Seiradou Seiradou has recently gained a lot of attention on Twitter of a “Galactic Borderland”. “Seira” translates to “aligning countless stars”, and that concept is reflecting in Seiradou’s work, which can be fully appreciated in a video of the finished product featured at the Tokyo Design Festival. デザフェスで展示する【銀河 幽縁地】の動画バージョンです❗️ 写真では分からなかった構造や立体感を少しでもお伝えできればと思います🌟#レジン pic.twitter.com/cb64mFNcM8 — 星羅堂 (@seiradou12) 2018年5月9日 Scenery contained in Seiradou’s beautiful…


Japanese Photographer Shows the Otherworldly Beauty of Nara in Serendipitous Scene

2018-05-16 03:11

A Japanese hashtag did the rounds on Twitter encouraging photographers to share the photo that they will never be able to take again due to the chance circumstances in which they were taken. Some harkened back to the trip of a lifetime, or to celebrities that they will never see at such close quarters again. But often these photos were the result of serendipitous natural occurrences. This ethereal example made a particular impression on Twitter, garnering over 60,000 reweets and 195,000 likes. Source: @m_roadster Nori Yuasa is a photographer based in Hyogo, but this shot was taken in Nara prefecture, the famous home of roaming deer. This photo shows the…


The Incredible Sci-Fi and Fantasy Illustrations of Japanese Character Designer PALOW

2018-05-09 05:05

Japanese character designer impresses with stunning artwork. Many of talented Japanese artists that have gained popularity on social media tend to explore larger themes through their artwork, whether it be the need for animals to comfort humans in trying times or the darker aspects of societal and mental issues. Sometimes, however, the depth of an artist’s work can be found in the originality and scale of the design and world they can imagine. That seems to be exactly the case with PALOW, an illustrator and character designer that creates original universes and characters in a stunning blend of fantasy and science fiction. Source: PALOW Born in Fukuoka, PALOW has worked…


Kawaii in the Afterlife: The Playfully Religious Art of Japanese Illustrator Hasuimo

2018-05-08 09:07

An Interest In The Spiritual Japanese illustrator hasuimo makes no secret about the orientation of her art. The tweet pinned to the top of her account clearly states: “I like spiritual things.” Bringing together a kawaii and fashion-conscious aesthetic and a fascination with Christian, Buddhist and Shinto iconography, sometimes blended together in startling new configurations, the illustrations she shares on her Tumblr account alternately feature nuns, angels, saints, cherubs, dead bodies, skulls, crosses, crowns, halos, aureoles, tombstones and even Jack-O’-Lanterns in the mix. Many of the girls in hasuimo’s art wear triangle headbands. Originally an item decorating the bodies of the deceased at Buddhist funerals, it is often used in…


Japanese Housewife’s Adorably Lifelike “Cat Bags” Are The Perfect Friend To Cuddle With

2018-05-07 06:27

Adorable and lifelike cat hand bags to cuddle with! Lifelike replications of animals often walk the line between cute and creepy, as seen with adorable wool felt corgis and shiba inu, as well as with gigantic wearable felt cat heads. The fun and furry creations of Japanese Twitter user and designer Pico @picopoco08), however, may have struck the perfect balance. Pico creates incredibly adorable and realistic cat hand bags and toys, all individually by hand! Source: Pico Pico, an Osaka native now living in Fukui prefecture, describes herself as a housewife who is a maniac about all things cats. She focuses on handcrafting a variety of realistic cat goods, but…


Failure to Transform: Manga Creator Asano’s Chilling Portrayal of a Magical Girl’s Misfortune

2018-05-07 03:41

Magical Girl Anime The magical girl genre in manga and anime was born in 1960s with titles like Himitsu no Akko-chan (1962), picked up momentum in the ’70s and ’80s with titles like Majokko Megu-chan (1974-5) and Creamy Mamy, the Magic Angel (1983-4), and gained international fame in the ’90s thanks to Sailor Moon. The number of magical girl anime produced between 1980-2000 was almost 3.5 times the amount produced in the previous two decades, and the number continues to grow in the 21st century. Transformation Scenes in Magical Girl Manga and Anime As many anime fans know, one of the most famous tropes of the magical anime genre is…


Fallen Cherry Blossoms Create Mysteriously Beautiful Nighttime Flower Raft in Aomori, Japan

2018-05-02 06:26

You may have thought cherry blossom season was over but while Tokyo is caught in the post-sakura blues, Tohoku region is still in the pink. Hanami season is sweeping up north where the colder climate means a late blooming. North Japan’s inhabitants are still out with their cameras trying to catch that perfect shot of the spring scenery for this year. Aomori is the northern most prefecture located on Japan’s main island of Honshu and is famous for its beautiful scenery (although to be fair, most of Japan is famous for scenery). At the prefecture’s Hirosaki Park, home to Hirosaki Castle and a famous sakura viewing spot, one Twitter user…


Super Realistic “Beauty Dolls” Bring Japanese Folklore to Life

2018-05-02 04:56

Ultra-realistic dolls bring characters from Japanese folklore to life. There’s been quite a bit of surprise at how “creepily” realistic Japanese “love dolls” have become in recent years, but the blend of hyper-realism and fantasy aesthetic in what Japan calls “Cast Dolls” might surpass that of their romantic counterparts. Cast dolls, or ball-point dolls, use spherical joints to recreate life-like human poses, and often come with customizable parts and clothing. Now doll retailer DOLK and “beautiful doll” maker SWITCH recently teamed up for a release inspired by Japanese folklore hero Momotaro that straddles the border between real-life and fantasy. The collaboration takes two existing doll models from DOLK, “Haseo” and…


Get Creeped Out Looking at Japanese Abandoned Buildings Photography

2018-04-27 05:30

Even without evidence of ghosts or other paranormal activity, something about abandoned buildings just creeps people out. Especially if these previously inhabited places look particularly desolate with remnants of their pre-abandonment time strewn around. Bonus creep points if there’s a particularly bizarre and unexplainable object. え、妊婦像が盗まれたってぇぇぇぇぇぇぇ!!!!#廃墟#廃医院#廃墟の物盗むのだめ pic.twitter.com/YVFbQJfMBM — 百鬼丸@広島人 (@gagaga7310) 14 April 2018 The photography trend for finding abandoned places and taking eerie photos is big in Japan, a country with plenty of material to work with. In Japanese it’s called ‘haikyo’. Although the word literally means ‘ruin’ it has gained the meaning of exploration of abandoned areas as a hobby. If you happen to be in Nagoya there will…


Osamu Tezuka-Inspired Artist Kaechang Portrays Girls And Their Restless Spirits

2018-04-27 09:47

If the girls populating the illustrations of Kaechang, with their long limbs and large hands, their small heads and big eyes, remind you of Osamu Tezuka, the resemblance is not a coincidence. The so-called “Father of Manga” who created Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Blackjack and Phoenix was Kaechang’s original inspiration when she began drawing in her childhood years. Born in Yokohama in 1995, she graduated from Department of Information Design of Tama Art University. Since 2010, Kaechang has been actively uploading her illustrations on Tumblr and her influence has spread through social media. We interviewed Kaechang to learn a bit more about her artwork and her vision: grape…


This May Be The Best “Kiki’s Delivery Service” Cosplay Ever

2018-04-26 05:36

Studio Ghibli films provide golden opportunities for cosplayers Full of appealing characters and memorable stories, many of Studio Ghibli’s animated films have not only delighted and entertained audiences around the world but have also provided countless opportunities for cosplayers. From classics like Laputa (as we noted in our cosplay roundup of Wonder Festival 2018 Winter) and Porco Rosso to Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, you’re sure to find familiar characters from these films at anime conventions both in Japan and abroad. Let’s not forget Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 hit film Kiki’s Delivery Service. The titular heroine Kiki, the trainee witch, is a popular character to cosplay and there have been many…


Shiba Inu Dog Frolicking in Sea of Flowers is the Goodest Boy in Japan

2018-04-23 06:51

‘Hey world! This is Japan’s shiba inu!’ This photographer’s rallying cry was heard all over the Twittersphere as she uploaded the photos of her dog surrounded by nemophila flowers. Shiba inu have become such an iconic symbol of Japan that it seems fair to use such a tagline. The photographer, ISSY-RIDER (@ISSYRIDER), is based in Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture. Not the most famous of prefectures, but probably most known for the stunning Hitachi Seaside Park. The huge space incorporates the unique natural features of the area including sand dunes, forests, grasslands and springs. This diversity helps the park stay in bloom for most of the year. Tourists flock to the…


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