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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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Kids Build Map of Japan Made From 1.8 Million Legos

Wednesday 08.15.2012 , Posted by

Before you write this project off as another example of the multitude of huge Lego projects around the web, consider the unique way this wildly vertical map of Japan was made. In celebration of the block-based building systems 50th year, the company’s Japanese subsidiary sponsored a nation wide building project which saw the participation of over 5000 kids in 6 different regions to create the piece. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #240 > All Around the World

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

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Haunting Images of a Spinning Woman

Sunday 07.15.2012 , Posted by

You can use animated GIF’s so many ways – from the cheesy sparkling graphics that dominated MySpace, to looping film clips or artfully animated drawings – there are a host of possibilities. These GIF’s, coming out of Japan at about 2 per week are really something different though. From the Tumblr blog, RRRRRRRROLL, the images feature a mysterious woman who spins in circles while the rest of the world stays completely still. More unusual, as if she is being spun by some unseen force, her feet stay aligned with her body as she spins. [Read more...]

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