Art

Japanese Artist’s Incredibly Detailed Creations Made Using Only Cardboard

From pop culture icons to every day items, it seems there’s nothing that can’t be cardboard-ified by Monami Ohno. The Japanese artist creates mind-blowingly intricate recreations entirely out of cardboard. We’ve covered her before, but with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Cardboard Labo Kits, it seemed like a good time to revisit her work and show just how creative you can get with some simple cardboard. Monami Ohnoさん(@monamincb)がシェアした投稿 – 6月 7, 2017 at 3:48午前 PDT She often makes replicas of recongnisable food items, with an unreal attention to detail. Monami Ohnoさん(@monamincb)がシェアした投稿 – 12月 29, 2017 at 10:38午後 PST Monami Ohnoさん(@monamincb)がシェアした投稿 – 8月 26, 2017 at 1:57午前 PDT Monami Ohnoさん(@monamincb)がシェアした投稿…

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Kyoto Night Club LAB.TRIBE : An Entertainment Space Transcending All Genres

There are a few good night clubs in Kyoto, such as World Peace Love which we saw in our coverage of the Pontocho area last month. However, one club stands out as a space open to all genres of music and a place where music, fashion and art come together in Kyoto, and that’s LAB.TRIBE. Situated near the Sanjo station and the Kyoto City Hall, a bit at a distance from the lively scene in Pontocho and Kamiyamachi, the building where LAB.TRIBE is housed on the basement level doesn’t give away too much. Grape Japan And yet, once you go down the steps and join the party, you’ll soon understand…

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[Update] Professional Anime Artist Turns His Sons’ Sketches Into Amazing Anime Characters

In a series called “Father and Sons Design Workshop Illustrations”, Tokyo-based French anime artist Thomas Romain (Symphogear, Space Dandy, Aria, Macross Delta, and Basquash!) takes the imaginative sketches of his two sons and uses his skills as a professional animation creator to flesh them out as full-blown creative collaborations. The illustrations span across all genres, introducing fantastical one-eyed monsters and cyberpunk heroes showing off the sons’ creative capacity for dreaming up a variety of characters and worlds. The series, which Romain hopes to put together in a book when all is said and done, certainly shows off two distinct artistic styles, but also gives insight into the potential world-building and…

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This 77-Year-Old Japanese Man Is The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

The Great Big Story, which has given us fascinating looks at stories in Japan such as the hypnotizing speed of the world’s fastest mochi makers and the beautiful Japanese sweets crafted by a family over six generations, is now turning their attention to an unusual, but beautiful art form. It’s practiced by 77-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi, who creates superbly detailed pieces of beautiful art using the spreadsheets of Microsoft Excel. Horiuchi wanted to get involved with art once he retired, but became a bit apprehensive once he considered the costs of supplies such as paint and various types of brushes. He wanted to try creating art with what he already had,…

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Japan Now Has An Idol Unit For The Game of Go

In the last five years, the complex and challenging game of Go (also known as igo in Japanese) has made strides internationally, with the American Go Association’s Professional System established in 2012 and the European Go Federation establishing their’s two years later in 2014. The venerable game, born in China and refined in Japan, is played by more than 40 million people around the world. Go has also entered popular culture. Game maker Atari’s name comes from a Go term. However, surely the interest in Go and the noticeable increase in the Go-playing population around the world can be partly attributed to Yumi Hotta’s award-winning manga and anime Hikaru no…

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Illustrator Turns Kit Kat Flavors Into Gorgeous Anime Characters

Illustrator Cioccolatodorima has a flair for creative artwork, but what he really seems to do well is what’s known in Japan as gijinka (擬人化). Gijinka is Japanese for “personification” or “anthropomorphism”, and in modern usage typically refers to an art style that humanizes animals or inanimate objects with an anime aesthetic that displays characteristics of the original model. Cioccolatodorima is applying his talent in that regard to the various flavors of Kit Kat, which includes Japan’s never-ending lineup of exciting flavors like melon and mascarpone cheese, or flavors set to match your birthstone. Over the past year or so, Cioccolatodorima has created a series of artwork that brings the various…

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Ukiyo-e Print Bubble Wrap Gives You Art You Can Feel Free To Touch And Pop

Ukiyo-e, which translates from Japanese to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. The genre boasts woodblock prints and paintings of a variety of scenes that ranged from folk tales to erotica, many by some of Japan’s most iconic artists. Recently, there have been many creative modern attempts to re-popularize the style, such as using ukiyo-e to portray classic Star War characters, teach people about train etiquette, and make adorable kitty sake glasses. Now we’re seeing the distinctive art style used for something that is sure to please everyone–ukiyo-e bubble wrap! Source: PR Times Designed by Puti Puti,…

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Miniature Sushi Art Looks Good Enough To Eat

Japan made a name for itself internationally with its feats of miniaturization. The thinnest portable audio players, the smallest full-featured still and video cameras, the list goes on and on. Food is no exception. Although sometimes, the portions in Japanese restaurants may be small compared to average portions in other countries, there are actually enthusiasts who create miniature edible works of art and those who cook miniature food, a favorite being sushi. It’s astonishing to see a tray of sushi recreated in all its details and with authentic ingredients yet so tiny it could fit on a table in a doll house living room. The only disadvantage with real food,…

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Terrific Tofu Art Creations to Celebrate Tofu Day

Especially in Japan, it seems there are always new ways of eating tofu and new tofu products being created. Traditionally, tofu can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, fried, and that doesn’t even get into the variety of dishes made with the versatile soy bean product. However, you don’t need to go out of your way to find something different to do with tofu. With a bit of creativity, as demonstrated by artist, animal lover and Twitter user @inu1dog1, you can create tofu art by cutting, carving and composing your tofu in different ways! To celebrate Tofu Day, which is thus named because the sound to-fu can be interpreted as 10-2…

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Mysterious Objects in Shinto Shrine Are Not Entirely From This World

Twitter user @kulanla, who was visiting Chikato Shrine in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture last weekend, came across something completely unexpected… 今日行った神社の謎のオブジェが気になった pic.twitter.com/m5wpKBm5dA — くくら (@kulanla) 2017年9月23日 “I went to a Shinto shrine today and was intrigued by a mysterious object.” A reaction which was clearly shared by many online, since the tweet soon went viral, with nearly 41,000 likes and close to 27,000 retweets as of this writing. However, as @kulanla revealed in a subsequent tweet, things got stranger still: 昨日呟いてた謎のオブジェある神社、賽銭入れようとしたら弾かれて、まじかよって言いながら入れたら電話かかって来ちゃって出て、さすがにこええと思って100円入れて拝んできた — くくら (@kulanla) 2017年9月24日 “You know that shrine with the mysterious object which I tweeted about yesterday? When I tried to throw a coin into the (offertory) box, it bounced…

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Fuerza Bruta: “Panasonic Presents WA! Wonder Japan Experience” Is A Vibrant and Spectacular Celebration of Traditional Japan

Fuerza Bruta: “Panasonic Presents WA! Wonder Japan Experience” is an exhilarating, uninhibited and unforgettable show to be enjoyed by visitors to Japan and long-term residents alike. Fuerza Bruta Since its inception in Buenos Aires in 2003, under the direction of Diqui James, Fuerza Bruta has brought its postmodern and highly energetic spectacle enveloping audiences in a joyous frenzy of dance, acrobatics, music and art, to locations across the globe such as Miami, Chicago, Madrid, London, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Taiwan. It also enjoyed a highly successful off-broadway run from 2007 to 2016 at the Daryl Roth Theater. Throughout these years, Fuerza Bruta has developed and refined a unique formula for…

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Send Custom Comic Book Packages With Manga Tape

Gift-giving customs in Japan runs deep. Whether it be within the workplace, a wedding, or the importance of wrapping the gift itself, there are many facets to the culture of gift giving in Japan than make it a special act. While this isn’t necessarily true of sending packages, an awarding winning design by Japanese stationery company Kokuyo is giving you the option of adding an extra level of personalization to the packages you send in the form of your very own manga strip! Manga Tape previously was honored at the 2016 Kokuyo Design Awards, and is now set to be realized with its very own release. The strip of tape…

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[Part 5] Professional Anime Artist Turns His Sons’ Sketches Into Amazing Anime Characters

By now you may be familiar with the work of Tokyo-based French anime artist Thomas Romain (Symphogear, Space Dandy, Aria, Macross Delta, and Basquash!), who literally illustrates the artistic bond he shares with his two sons in a series of artwork titled “Father and Sons Design Workshop Illustrations”. In it, Romain takes the creative sketches of his sons and applies his skill as a talented professional animator to bring them to life with an awesome anime aesthetic. Romain told us the project has given his eldest son inspiration to become an animator himself, and he also mentions that one day he wants to collect them all and make a book…

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Japanese Artist’s Traditional Handmade Cut Paper Art Brings Old Text And Beautiful Animals To Life

In that past, we’ve seen some incredibly intricate and beautiful work produced by the art form of kirie, or traditional Japanese paper cutting, which is also very similar to kirigami. While origami may be the more famous Japanese paper art, Japanese Twitter user and artist @mi_kocoa (Risa), is giving some much needed love to kirie in an absolutely gorgeous way with her intricately carved designs. Source: @mi_kocoa Risa’s animal and floral designs have gained her quite a following on Twitter, but its her latest text-based piece of kirie that is gaining her the most accolades. Intricately carved, she has taken an excerpt from Kenji Miyazaka’s classic Japanese fantasy novel Night…

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This Instagram Account Of Wool Felt Kitty And Puppy Adventures In Japan Is Just Too Cute

Whether it be award-winning felt and wool creations of Shiba Inu and corgis, or these creepy but cute gigantic wearable cat heads, Japan seems to have tapped into wool and needle felt artistry in adorable fashion lately. One artist impressively proving that is Chata528, a wool felt artist whose handmade creations are sure to brighten up your day with their charming adventures. cha-taさん(@chata528)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 23 4:02午後 PDT cha-taさん(@chata528)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 8月 2 5:01午後 PDT Chata528 brings these outstanding furry felt animal creations to life by taking them on their own mini-excursions throughout Japan, dressing them up and using carefully-made props to convince you that they are out touring…

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