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Japan’s Super Realistic Computer-Generated Schoolgirl Finds Her Cosplay Doppelganger

2018-07-17 01:07

Just a few years ago, one could make the argument that Saya was the most popular schoolgirl in Japan, although a good amount of her viral fame is owed to the fact that she isn’t actually human. Saya is actually the stunningly realistic 3-D computer-generated product of Yuka Ishikawa, who works as a freelance CG Artist and her husband Teruyuki Ishikawa, and she gained a very dedicated following of fans who fell in love with her after initially thinking her to be a beautiful (as well as living) schoolgirl. Sayaの2016verです(•̀ᴗ•́)。去年の発表から色々な皆さんの反応を頂きつつコツコツと改良を重ねてきました。既に動きのシステムも稼動していて秋の展示会へのお披露目に向けて制作中です、詳細は今後アナウンス予定です。 pic.twitter.com/kOGcMx96co — TELYUKA_Saya (@mojeyuka) 2016年9月9日 With her secret revealed, however, her internet fame hasn’t waned one bit. Instead, many have…


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…


Terrifyingly Realistic Felt Cat Roomba And Cat Monorail Are Ready To Purr Into Your Nightmares

2018-07-09 03:30

The Japanese corner of Twitter has quite the share of talented “wool felt artists”, with creations that range from adorably realistic shiba inu and corgis to gigantic and terrifying cat heads. Creative fantasy artist @sacocho may have perfectly bridged the gap between cute and creepy, however, with two feline contraptions that are bound to either warm your heart or fuel your nightmares. The first is a felt kitty and Roomba hybrid, and the second is a cat monorail. This liquid cat is sliding into your DMs–or nightmares! ネコとルンバの雑種。#奇想生物図鑑 #奇想生物 #奇想ものづくり #羊毛 #羊毛フェルト pic.twitter.com/gM7Dt6SRWJ — さこっちょ/奇想ものづくり (@sacocho) 2018年7月7日 Hop on board the Cat Rail! ネコ、飼いはじめました。#ネコレール#奇想生物 #奇想生物図鑑 pic.twitter.com/j14X8A78Rc — さこっちょ/奇想ものづくり (@sacocho) 2018年4月3日…


These Chubby Shiba Inu Puffs Are Begging You To Take A Bite Out Of Them

2018-06-27 05:38

The Japanese side of Twitter is filled with creative “food artists” who seem to strike a perfect balance between delicious and adorable, turning out treats that make you wonder if you should eat or pet them such as dango shaped like shiba inu faces and butts, or beautiful steamed goldfish gyoza. Japanese Twitter user and baking enthusiast @kaname_OAl7 may have raised the adorable pastry bar to an impossibly high standard however, baking up this cute homage to Yeast Ken, a shiba inu/loaf of bread hybrid Japanese mascot character, with these adorable strawberry jam and cream cheese filled puffy shiba inu bread balls. Source: @kaname_OAl7 If you’re unfamiliar with Yeast Ken,…


Lovecraftian Horror Unleashed in the Murky Depths of Green Tea

2018-06-25 02:24

Unless you’ve experienced some horrible beverage-related trauma, it’s unlikely that you find much about green tea to be terrifying. Japanese Twitter user and 3DCG practitioner gigigi gagaga (@toikoh9114) might have you thinking differently, however. @toikoh9114 took advantage of of the turbidity found in a glass of green tea to create a spooky scene of alien horror that might fit in most H. P. Lovecraft universes. お茶の濁りから作る異世界 pic.twitter.com/4BSZGt0ndH — ギギギガガガ (@toikoh9114) 2018年6月19日 Using a particularly murky glass of green tea as a backdrop, @toikoh9114 went to work with doll, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and the “Procreate” app to craft a scene of otherworldly horror. Things get even creepier with a…


Japanese Ninja Girl Bikini Has You Ready To Hit The Beach Like A Kunoichi After Smashing Crowdfunding Effort

2018-06-22 02:48

Awesome ninja girl bikini lets you practice your kunoichi skills at the beach. Japanese creative design brand Mocolle (whose official brand concept is “Wouldn’t it be nice if this existed?”) often turns to creative talents on social media for inspiration when it comes shaping the crowdfunding efforts for their latest fashion items. In the past they’ve collaborated with popular cosplay models and illustrators to get products like a shirt that turns your breasts into hungry hamster cheeks. Source: Campfire Now citing the overwhelming crowdfunding success of their traditional Japanese shrine maiden bikinis, Mocolle is following up on their miko (shrine maiden) swimsuit with a new badass female ninja swimsuit. Kunoichi…


Japanese Stadium Clean Up Manners Contagious At World Cup

2018-06-20 03:54

Japanese fans clean up stadium following a World Cup win over Colombia. When Japanese sporting fans pack their bags with face-paint and signs for competition overseas, they rarely seem to forget to pack their manners along with them. While sometimes at the risk of exaggeration, Japan is often praised for social and cultural customs rooted in hospitality, which often translates to admirable manners and etiquette. This has been notably on display at sporting events, such as the FIFA 2014 World Cup, where Japanese fans in attendance spent time following a loss to Ivory Coast collecting leftover garbage in bags they brought to the stadium. Once again, Japanese fans at the…


Vape Like a Samurai with this Japanese Kiseru Smoking Pipe E-Cigarrete

2018-06-15 01:10

If you’re a fan of samurai films, or any sort of early Japan period piece fiction, chances are you’ve encountered a scene of one of Japan’s iconic warriors or perhaps a geisha enjoying a smoke from one of these traditional pipes. Source: 工場長 / PIXTA(ピクスタ) They’re called kiseru, and are typically used for smoking a finely shredded tobacco (often resembling strands of hair) called kizami. Composed of a bamboo or wooden shaft with two metal ends and accompanied by a bowl, especially long kiseru were even carried as weapons during the Edo period. Today, they are commonly seen at Japanese incense ceremonies. Source: hilite / PIXTA(ピクスタ) You may see a…


Japan Introduces Official Pokemon Vending Machines

2018-06-11 11:18

Japan releases Pokemon vending machines with Pikachu guides. Vending machines can be found around just about any corner in Japan, and if you ever tire of the standard beverage offerings from run of the mill ones, you can always search out vending machines that serve sake, Kit-Kats, and even dashi. Now Japan’s never-ending supply of vending machine variety can add another standout to its arsenal in the form of official Pokemon vending machines that sell Pokemon merchandise with a virtual Pikachu guide! The new Pokemon vending machines feature a digital interface with a very friendly Pikachu guide, who will actively call out those who pass by the vending machines, inviting…


Japanese Muscle Idol And Ladybeard Team Up For Leggy Chun-li Cosplay

2018-06-09 09:30

Ladybeard and Japanese muscle idol Reika Saiki show off the best Chun-li cosplay. For some cosplayers, such as the incredibly convincing crossplayers battling gropers with their breasts and the most imposing Master Roshi cosplayer ever, impeccable physique is as critical a part of the ensemble as their actual costume is. Fortunately for cosplayer, model, wrestler, and singer (to name a few things) Ladybeard, being big is just part of his day job. He’s also got the perfect partner in crime for musclebound cosplay in “muscle idol” Reika Saiki, a wrestler (notably for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling) and idol who knows that the key to a perfect Chun-Li from Street Fighter…


Animal Skull Bonsai Trees Weave Life and Death Together in Darkly Beautiful Art

2018-06-08 03:55

Tokyo Bonsai Lifestyle’s animal skull bonsai trees beautifully intertwine life and death. As an unfortunate result of depopulation and a decrease in hunting in the countryside, sometimes increasing numbers of animals such as wild boar and deer in Japan can be deemed dangerous to natural forest areas as well as farming. While these animals often end up being culled, only 10% of their remains are properly utilized outside of consumption. Tokyo Bonsai Lifestyle aims to make sure that remains are not discarded in waste with a project that thematically emphasizes life emerging from death called the SKULL BONSAI series. The result is an artistic series that walks the border between…


David Bowie Immortalized As Awesome Japanese Ukiyo-e Artwork

2018-05-30 10:55

David Bowie lives on as traditional Japanese artwork. UKIYO-E PROJECT was started by Yuka Mitsui, CEO of Mitsui Agency International, to preserve the traditional art of Japanese woodblock paintings and revitalize interest in one of Japan’s most iconic art forms by merging ukiyo-e style artwork with characterizations of legendary musical artists. In the past, the project has produced gorgeous and striking Japanese woodblock prints of celebrated artists such as KISS, as well as a metal and ukiyo-e mashup of Iron Maiden that turned mascot Eddie into a blood-soaked demon. Now the project will turn its spotlight to legendary musical artist David Bowie, showcasing the prints from June 23rd to July…


Origami Artist Turns Plants into the Most Amazing Moving Creatures

2018-05-23 05:35

Japanese vegetable origami artist creates awesome moving creatures. Japanese Twitter user Inori (@kusabanaasobi) has a passion for collecting and playing with flowers, but on Twitter she’s an artist with a reputation for “vegetable origami”. Inori collects flowers and leaves, cutting them ever so slightly to produce natural bends and then proceeds to fold them into complex creations like this: 落ち椿で赤い着物の女の子を作ります🌺花二つ、蕾一つ、葉一枚、茎少しでできています。道具は使いません。椿の花の雄しべを切るときに葉っぱのギザギザを使っているのは爪で切ると爪が黒くなるからです💧とても可愛くてお気に入りの遊びです🍀🍀 pic.twitter.com/uJPM3mgL4g — inori (@kusabanaasobi) 2017年11月27日 Inori has recently gained some attention on Twitter for her latest creation–a fluffy dead ringer for a freshly hatched chick that has many wanting their own to hold and pet. While Inori relied on her artistic sense and enthusiasm for gathering items found in nature,…


Watch an Escalator in Japan Transform into a Wheelchair Lift

2018-05-21 04:22

It’s not uncommon for visitors to Japan to return home with high praise for the customer service and hospitality shown to them, whether it be the meticulous care with which baggage handlers process luggage, or the quirky way with which a certain ramen chain stores emergency toilet paper. What may surprise some the most, however, is some of the country’s infrastructure geared towards making things easier for the physically disabled. YouTube user me Wallander uploaded the following video which, while the title “An escalator that also supports wheelchairs” is in Korean, takes place in a Japanese airport. In it, airline staff help the user of a wheelchair onto an escalator,…


Japanese Baker Dices Loaf of Bread into 47 Paper-Thin Slices

2018-05-21 12:46

Japanese baker cuts loaf of bread as thinly as possible, breaks own record with 47 razor-thin slices! Japanese baker Jun (@J_buriburi wasn’t really competing against anyone but herself, but when she held her very own “bread thin slicing competition”, that’s exactly who she ended up defeating. Jun tested her precision to see exactly how many slices she could milk out of a loaf of bread, and her photographed results have Japanese Twitter in disbelief as she was able to produce 47 paper-thin slices of bread! A loaf of bread as thinly sliced as it can be! 47 slices in total Individually, slices are almost like a soaked paper towel. Stacked…


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