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Band Geeks Put A New Twist On Hadoukening

Monday 06.03.2013 , Posted by

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This one time at band camp, some Japanese kids took over the photo meme known as Hadoukening. Sometimes called Vadering in the US, the trend was started by some Japanese school girls imitating manga martial arts moves from Street Fighter that sent their friends blasting through the air, spread through the world, and reached its peak about two months ago. But these young band kids have revived it, blowing their friends away with tubas and calling it “Tuba Gun” (チューバ砲 or “Chuuba Juu”). [Read more...]

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Japanese Ad Features Meticulously Dissected Orange

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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I don’t know about you, but by the time I have peeled an orange, I have a very hard time not quickly eating the juicy insides; the fragrant citrus smell fills the air and the sweet juice is one of the most refreshing tastes imaginable. But one patient Japanese person took the time to dissect an orange down to every last segment, peel, pulp, and drop of juice to arrange this beautifully designed ad for Shizuoka News. From afar the design actually looks like a newspaper, but as you look closer, you can see that the “text” and “pictures” are actually just meticulously arranged pieces of oranges. [Read more...]

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Mushroom Lamps Lit Up with LED

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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Do you have any friends who love mycology and everything related to fungi and mushrooms? There must be someone out there. If you are having trouble deciding what to get them for their birthday, then look no further because Yukio Takano of Japan has an answer: he has created mushroom lamps that light up using LEDs. Perfect for desks, bedside tables or in the living room, these mushroom lights can look quite real at first glance, but as soon as they are turned on glow like something out of the movie Avatar. [Read more...]

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A Photographic Journey of a Grandma and Her Cat

Thursday 02.07.2013 , Posted by

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Everyday in the world there are friendships between animals and humans. One unique and charming relationship between the species’ is the one of an elderly lady in Japan and her little cat “Fukumaru.” Together they do just about everything in their daily lives. [Read more...]

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Stereoviews from Old Japan Converted Into GIFS

Thursday 01.31.2013 , Posted by

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Do you remember staring at those Magic Eye pictures, hoping to see an image revealed once your eyes reached that perfect blur? Well that magical phenomenon of stereographs was created long before the 1990’s craze, dating back as far as the 1840’s. Double lensed stereoscopic cameras allowed people to capture 2 moments at once and stereoscopes made the prints come to life as they appeared to pop off the page in 3D. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #369> A Colorful Time: Vintage & Retro

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by



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Bold Typography in Vintage Japanese Newspapers

Wednesday 12.05.2012 , Posted by

As a designer, it’s easy to get stuck in the style trends of today… so here’s some typographic inspiration from vintage Japan. Coming from a large collection of 3000 ads from the years 1891 – 1945 (put together by the University of Tokyo), these vintage newspaper pages feature a bold style we don’t frequently see today. Huge glyphs boldly displayed in neat blocks. The emphasis here is often on the arrangement of elements, rather than a reliance on imagery… something to which the both vertically and horizontally orientable Japanese characters lend themselves well. [Read more...]

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Get A Miniature You: 3D Photo Booth Opening in Japan

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

The Japanese are big fans of the photo booth, producing some of the most original examples of the stand-alone photo devices you can imagine: from machines which add cute frames around your pictures to examples which morph you into a big eyed manga character. Now a company called Omote 3D is taking the concept to the next level and will soon be offering people their likeness in miniature printed 3D form! [Read more...]

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Genki Sudo Attempts to Unite Asia With Song & Dance

Tuesday 09.25.2012 , Posted by

In the face of growing tensions between Japan and China/South Korea one man attempts to surmount the strained relations through song. Genki Sudo a MMA UFC fighter/ Buddhist/ Writer/ Actor/ Dancer/ Musician has utilized all of his talents to create a music video for the conflicting countries. “Permanent Revolution” features Sudo and his group World Order traveling to Asia to bring the message that “We are all one.” They travel in style with matching suits and choreographed dance moves perfectly synced with the catchy tune. Although most of the song is in Japanese, the message is pretty clear, with an ending that is up for interpretation. [Read more...]

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Surprising Dos and Don’ts of Eating Sushi

Saturday 09.22.2012 , Posted by

As an avid sushi eater – possibly verging on the obsessed – I was surprised to see how many traditional Japanese sushi eating customs I am breaking according to this tasty graphic. Did you know you’re not supposed to mix wasabi with your soy sauce? Did you know the side dish of ginger is used only as a palate cleanser? Check out this helpful bunch of dos and don’ts for an authentic sushi eating experience. Oh, and those of you having trouble with chopsticks: good news. You can use their fingers at will. [Read more...]

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