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Strata: Aiko Miyanaga Designs the Process of Constant Change


Aiko Miyanaga is a young Japanese artist who often works with the chemical compound Napthalene, which she uses to model everyday objects.

Over the Continents: Chiharu Shiota’s installation of 400 shoes connected with 4 miles of yarn


For her latest installation, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota reached out to the public to amass nearly 400 individual shoes accompanied by personal notes of memories associated with those shoes.

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Are your drawings of rooms, buildings and landscapes not turning out as well as you’d like? Discover essential techniques to transform your work from flat to fully dimensional with Craftsy’s free PDF guide, How to Draw with Perspective.

Don Quijote’s Secret Weapon: Pop Signage Artists in Every Store


A friend of mine once lamented that if there was hell on earth it would be like Don Quijote. He was, of course, referring to Japan’s discount chain stores – colloquially known as Donki – and not the protagonist of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel.

How to Knit Yourself the Perfect Bowl of Ramen


Youtuber betibettin recently created a tutorial on how to make ramen. The final product looks so yummy that you can’t help but feel hunger pains.

BCTION: Over 70 Artists Turn a Tokyo Office Building Slated for Demolition Into Massive Art Gallery


Tokyo is currently undergoing massive changes. The 2011 earthquake has put even more urgency on city planners and developers to ensure their buildings are quake-proof.

A New English Language School in Osaka Incorporates 400 years of History


For the last 46 years the Shirobara Nursery School has been providing day care services to the little tikes of Osaka.

Gentle and Minimal Watercolor Prints by Satsuki Shibuya


California-based Japanese-American artist Satsuki Shibuya uses watercolors to create gentle, minimal prints.

A look inside the Seika Dormitory – Urban ruins in the middle of Tokyo


The place is the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo, and the year is 2012. In the middle of the ever-new city, the ruins of the Seika dormitory stand as a testimony of a major fire that tore down the building in 2007.

Miniature Dioramas of Bombed Out and Littered Cites by Satoshi Araki


miniature diorama of a garbage dump The world of Japanese miniature art is vast and deep. We’ve devoted several articles to highlighting various artists who create miniature worlds out of everything from toy train tracks and wood to human hair.

Japanese Condom Cookbook to Raise Awareness For Protected Sex


tsukutte agetai condomu gohan (作ってあげたいコンドームごはん) which roughly translates as, “I want to cook condom food for you.” In the past several years condom usage in Japan has continued to fall, resulting in a dramatic rise in cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The 3 Booths Not To Miss at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show


The Tokyo Game Show is a mecca for anyone interested, even remotely, in games. People go for the all the latest in the gaming industry, but also to ogle at new technology, computers, girls (usually in cosplay) and many other reasons.

Wasabi: the hardest plant to grow in the world


wasabi root: the hardest plant to grow in the world I stumbled upon an interesting article that shed light on many things I suspected but never actually confirmed about wasabi.

An Immersive Fortress of 30,000 Paper Kites by Jacob Hashimoto


JACOB HASHIMOTO. Skyfarm Fortress (installation view). COURTESY: MARY BOONE GALLERY, NEW YORK | click images to enlarge Sometime during the 12th century in Japan, a famous samurai (Minamoto no Tametomo), who disobeyed the emperor, was punished by being exiled to a small island with his son.

A Tiny House by The Sea by Yasutaka Yoshimura


“And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually,” sang Bob Marley, in his 1967 track about life’s bitter ironies.

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Artwork Bulges Out of the Canvas in Yuki Matsueda’s 3D Sculptures


tubes of paint bulge out of the canvas the little man runs out of emergency exit signs Japanese artist Yuki Matsueda creates sculptures in which an element of the artwork bulges out of the canvas leaving the rest behind.

This Felt Postcard Kit is Your Perfect Travel Companion


Love sending and receiving postcards? Then this postcard kit is your ideal travel companion. Designed by Eiko Nagase and Tomomi Sasaki from AQ and handcrafted from felt, the compact kit comes with a pocket for postcards and notes, as well as two smaller pockets to keep stamps.

Nendo’s Latest Installation is an Homage to the Many Words for Rain in the Japanese Language


They say that Eskimos have 50 words to describe snow. Well in Japan, where it rains a lot and people love to talk about the weather, the Japanese language has over 50 nouns for rain.

An Extraordinary Miniature World of Train Tracks and Toys by Paramodel


Plarail Rail Set If you grew up in Japan in the 70s and 80s you most certainly remember Plarail, the blue plastic train tracks that could be latched together to create sprawling labyrinths of rail for toy trains.


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