It’s Friday The 13th In Japan, So That Means It’s Time For Jason To Get Kawaii AF

2018-07-13 05:07

While Japan’s fascination with all things “kawaii” has expanded into a culture of cute that covers aesthetics, merchandise, and fashion, one might suspect that horror movies to be the stopping point, but even that would be too strong an assumption. As today marks the ominous Friday the 13th in Japan, many are taking to Twitter to celebrate the classic horror film of the same name. What may surprise some, however, is the unapologetically adorable way in which people are tipping their hat to the iconic hockey-mask wearing slasher, Jason. Below are a few highlights of Japanese Twitter’s take on “celebrating” Friday the 13th, whether it be cat cafe cosplay, sexy…


4 Beaches Close to Tokyo for a Summer Day Trip to the Sea

2018-07-13 05:31

Summer is here and as usual, Tokyo is going to be sweltering hot. It’s time to escape it all and relax by the sea. Problem is, there are no (real) beaches in the Tokyo area. As a general rule the further away from Tokyo you go the prettier the beach will be, but for those without the luxury of time or travel money these are the easiest beaches to get to. Just one or two hours out of Tokyo, and you could be lying on the sand sipping a chuhai… Beaches in Easy Distance From Tokyo 1. Odaiba, Tokyo yasu_tokyo_japanさん(@uta_photograph)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月9日午後10時12分PDT The closest you’ll get to the seaside…


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…


4 Reasons You Should Be Jealous of Japanese McDonalds’ Adventurous Offerings

2018-07-12 05:59

Japan really know how to take something and make it their own, evidenced by the range of awesome, jealousy-inducing menu items found in McDonald’s Japan. It could be a celebration of a Japanese festival, a distinctly Japanese flavour or a combination only the Japanese are adventurous enough to try out. There’s plenty of products that are tempting enough to make you commit the ultimate act of philistinism: going to McDonald’s while abroad. 1. Seasonal Products for Japanese Festivals Japan’s favourite season is of course spring. McDonald’s Japan show their appreciation for the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms through sakura burgers, McFlurries and soda. Kaykikiinourさん(@kaykikiinoue)がシェアした投稿 – 2017年 4月月7日午前1時21分PDT Tsukimi is the…


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,…


Dinosaur Treats Inside Japan’s Jurassic World Cafe

2018-07-11 03:05

To commemorate the release of the new movie, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, the Guest Cafe in Ikebukuro’s Parco have gone full prehistoric. For a limited time only they’re serving up a range of themed mains, desserts and special drinks that celebrate the iconic series. Inside Tokyo’s Jurassic World Cafe The Jurassic World Cafe have used ingenious and creative ways to give usual dishes a dino twist. The mains include a charred looking hamburger, a fiery volcano curry and a ‘powerful wild plate’. ジュラシックワールドカフェ@池袋 ただ今のお時間、待ち時間なくお席までご案内しております!本日のお昼にブラックバンズに牛肉100%のパティを挟んだボリュームたっぷりの【ジュラシックワールドバーガー🍔】はいかがでしょうか?#ジュラシックワールド 7月13日映画公開 pic.twitter.com/qXW9qdsght — ジュラシック・ワールドカフェ@池袋パルコ (@THEGUESTcafe) 6 July 2018 For dessert, you can become a paleontologist yourself with the ‘fossil excavation cake’. Volcanoes seem to play a…


Organizations Accepting Donations To Western Japan Flood and Landslide Relief

2018-07-11 01:32

Western Japan Flood and Landslide Disaster Western Japan is still reeling from the impact of the worst flooding in 36 years, as a result of torrential rains. Overflowing rivers and landslides have caused suffering in many prefectures, the worst hit areas being Hiroshima and Okayama. At the time of writing, 162 people are confirmed dead and 56 are still missing. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in Western Japan, here is a partial list of the English-friendly organizations and private groups currently accepting donations: English-Friendly Organizations Accepting Donations Japan Platform Emergency Response to Western Japan Floods Japan Platform (JPF) is an international emergency…


Tokyo’s Dessert-Go-Round Café Shows Conveyor Belts Aren’t Just for Sushi

2018-07-11 12:19

When you just can’t decide what you want off the menu, Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) created a novel way to solve that problem. The various dishes parade themselves tantalisingly past your very eyes. If you like what you see, you can simply reach out and take it. But why has this genius idea only been applied to sushi? Well Café Ron Ron in Harajuku are about to change that, giving another type of food a go round on the belt. In the spiritual home of all things cute and sweet, what else but desserts? The new cafe will be opening next week and will boast 25 different types of dessert…


Never Eat Alone With This Virtual YouTuber’s Anime Girl Dining Experience

2018-07-11 11:18

Japanese virtual YouTuber offers up a home-cooked dinner made by an anime girl. There’s no question that virtual YouTubers make for a booming industry and hobby in Japanese days, with recent reports that the number of Japanese virtual YouTubers (topped by the mega popular Kizuna Ai) have actually reached the official number required to create a town in a Japanese prefecture. She hasn’t joined a hypothetical YouTuber town yet, but popular virtual YouTuber Siro is at least hoping to take up residence at your dining room table. In a recently released video, she offers up her very own home-cooked meal for you, and encourages fans to eat as they watch…


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…


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