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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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Japan-Based Artists Create Gorgeous Cover Art For The Imaginary Tokyoiter Magazine

In early 2016, Tokyo-based illustrator Andrew Joyce and art director David Robert began paying tribute to magazines like The New Yorker and The Parisianer with a project they called The Tokyoiter. Inviting illustrators residing in Japan to draw Tokyo through their own eyes, they placed the various artworks sent in by fellow “drawing freaks” on imaginary covers of the (imaginary) Tokyoiter magazine. Each cover is meant to be a unique testimony of the daily experiences and cultural idiosyncrasies that make Tokyo so fascinating. So far, they’ve gathered 30 artworks that are on exhibit online for the rest of the world to enjoy. Many focus on the traditional and modern aspects…

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Japan Celebrates Marine Day With Sneakers Inspired By Traditional Ukiyoe Art

From Respect for the Age Day to Mountain Day, Japan celebrates at least one public holiday during 11 of the 12 months throughout the year. The most recent holiday was Marine Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday of July. And while every resident took advantage of their day(s) off in their own ways, shoe fanatics got the chance to commemorate this year’s Marine Day with a brand new pair of Ukiyoe-Style sneakers from Puma. Source: PUMA Japan Source: PUMA Japan This isn’t the first time sportswear brands have released beautifully designed sneakers — we’ve previously seen sakura-embellished sneakers from Asics and Onitsuka Tiger, as well as Nintendo-themed sneakers…

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Japanese Artist Carves Dreamlike Creatures Out Of Wood

A quick glance at Japanese artist Yoshimasa Tsuchiya’s animals sculptures won’t suffice to figure out what kind of material they’re made of. Smooth and delicate, each creature possesses a mystical beauty that captivates all who lay their eyes on it. The sculptures are so breathtakingly realistic that most people are unlikely to guess that they’re actually carved out of wood. With wooden bodies and eyes made of crystal and glass, the animals resemble those you might expect to see in the world of fairytales. They are all the masterpieces of Tokyo-based woodcarving artist Tsuchiya, who has long been creating creatures that look like they’ve just arrived from unknown lands. Those…

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Hauntingly Beautiful Japanese Horror Tattoos By Korean Artist Suzani

One thing Japan is known for is horror, whether it’s blood-curdling folktales or good old scary movies like Ju-On and the Ring. Manga isn’t devoid of a horror genre either, with perhaps one of the most prominent works being Tomie by renowned manga artist Junji Ito. Tomie is a breathtaking yet evil woman who manipulates men and women to become insanely jealous, murderous creatures, eternally destroying the lives of those around her. Her hypnotizing appeal has caught the interest of not only the other characters in the series, but also artists worldwide. One such artist is Korean tattoo artist Suzani of Bad Hands Tattoo Works, who is widely known for…

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Japanese Illustrator Turns Life’s Awkward Yet Totally Relatable Moments Into Ukiyoe-Style Drawings

It’s a given that life has a bottomless stock of awkward moments for us to experience. But we tend to forget that we’re all human, and a lot of what we go through are relatable to the vast majority of people just trying to live their lives. Japanese illustrator Takayuki Yamada jots down such moments and turns them into relatable haikus written alongside ukiyoe-style illustrations. Though a web designer by day, in his free time the Fukuoka-based artist conjures his alter ego Yamada Zenjidou, a haiku poet from the Bakumatsu-Meiji periods living in a modernized society. Using the voice of Zenjidou, Yamada creates artwork reminiscent of traditional Japanese art that…

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Japanese Twitter Users Turn Chocolate Boxes Into Elegant Handmade Creations

During Fall of 2016, Japanese confectionery brand Meiji released what they dubbed the “perfect bar of chocolate.” Named THE Chocolate, chocolate bars from this series are made with only the highest-quality cacao beans from select regions in the world, and are even carved with beautiful patterns to bring out the best flavors. But the elegant taste of these chocolates is not the only thing that has caught the eye of consumers throughout the country — those who have walked down the chocolate aisle of the grocery store will surely have noticed the beautiful packaging of THE Chocolate bars as well. A post shared by 石井美早紀 (@misaki.0121) on Jun 25, 2017…

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Anime Style Body Paint Model Dazzles With The Most Colorful Fashion In Japan

Ishoku hada (異色肌), “different colored skin” or “unique skin” may not be the most practical form of Japanese creative fashion, but it’s definitely the most colorful. The bright and brilliant use of body paint takes inspiration from both popular fiction and applies some of Japan’s previously popular fashion trends, seeking to emulate the eccentric appearance of characters from video games, manga, and anime. Now DJ, model, and self-professed otaku Miyako and her crew are turning heads on Twitter with maybe the most vibrant display of the otherworldly look yet. Source: @miyako Source: @miyako 淡い系に振ってみる#photography#異色肌#異色肌ギャル pic.twitter.com/nszmqrgZZV — ラマスキー (@mud_skii) 2017年6月26日 Miyako tells Grape Japan that she’s been active on her own…

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