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The Imaginary World of Fumio Nambata

Fumio Nambata “Trombone” (1967) | click images to enlarge When Fumio Nambata fell off a ferry in 1974 while crossing the Seto Insland Sea his life was cut short at the age of 32.

A Japanese Museum Airlifted a Balloon of an Old Man’s Head Into the Sky

Residents of Utsunomiya, a suburb North of Tokyo, were treated to a surprise last weekend when they looked up into the sky and saw a large recognizable head of one of their neighbors.

Waltz: A Saucer That Reflects Its Pattern Onto The Cup

Waltz Cup & Saucer | click images to enlarge A cup and saucer that dance together like a match made in heaven.

Relive Japan’s Asset Bubble of the 1980s Through Art at the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art

Seiji Togo “Surrealistic stroll” (1929). Permanent collection of the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art At an auction in London in 1987 a mystery buyer paid a record $39.9 million for Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.” And a week later it was revealed that a Japanese insurance company, little-known at the time, had made the expensive purchase.

Sponsor // Apply Now For the Masters Degree in Branding at the School of Visual Arts

The Masters in Branding Program at The School of Visual Arts is a one-year graduate degree program that examines the relationship between design and strategy, and the power of design thinking as a way to combine creative skills with the problem-solving and decision-making processes of design and business.

The Dollhouse Chair Combines Play, Seating and Storage

all photos by Akihiro Ito courtesy Torafu Architects Large children’s toys almost always pose the same problem: space.

Shirokuma Tea Bag Holder Makes Seeping Tea More Fun

It can be a dull 3 minutes waiting for your tea to seep. But not anymore, thanks to the shirokuma tea bag holder.

Optical Illusion Placemat Appears to Warp Under the Weight of Tableware

When Albert Einstein proposed his theory of relativity and described space-time as a smooth “fabric” that can be bent and manipulated, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t thinking it would be applied to placemats.

Packaging Design for Mizkan Vinegar by Taku Satoh

Exactly 210 years ago a man named Matazaemon Nakano branched out from the sake brewing business and began a career in rice vinegar.

Papa’s Maze Featured on Japanese TV

  the original spoon & tamago blog post on Japanese TV Earlier this week Fuji TV’s FNN News interviewed Kazuo Nomura – we know him better as “Papa” – the creator of Papa’s Maze.

Shiseido’s Interactive Stained Glass Window in Tokyo

Now through December 25th, walk by Shiseido’s Ginza showroom and you’ll do a double-take at its church-like stained glass window.

Marshmallows That Look Like Cats in Hot Chocolate

Need some extra cuteness for your hot chocolate this winter season? How about a cat paw? Or even better, a whole cat?

Locked in the ether: photographs of flowers in thawing ice by Kenji Shibata

Kenji Shibata. “11:53:36″ (2014). lambda print, 72.1 × 96.4 cm | click images to enlarge Ice is frozen, which is obvious.

Pleats Designed to Look Like Flowers in Issey Miyake Campaign

The fashion designer Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collection, introduced in 1993, is a series of polyester garments heat-treated to create permanent pleats.

Reusable Bamboo Tableware That Looks Like Disposable Paper

This tableware looks like disposable paper plates, bowl and cups, but they’re not. Please don’t throw them away after a single use.

Meet the Color Chasers, Yuri Suzuki’s Robots That Translate Colors Into Sounds

Designer Yuri Suzuki‘s dyslexia prevented him from reading music as it is traditionally written. This led the Japanese artist to adopt quite a playful approach to music-making: his installation last year at the Mudam Luxembourg invited visitors to create their own compositions using color markers.

The Secret Behind Japan’s 2015 Zodiac New Years Stamp

12 years later the sheep is back… | image by spoon & tamago Amongst the many notable New Years traditions in Japan, one of them is sending nengajo, or New Years cards.

How to Prepare Fried Shrimp in Three Seconds

The Profitable World of Designing LINE Stamps

If you use the Japanese messaging app LINE then surely you’re familiar with stamps, or stickers, a series of colorful illustrated icons that are often accompanied by a word or two.

Looking Into the Eyes of Ai Teramoto’s Black and White Drawings

The eyes are the windows to the soul, according to the old English proverb. For Ai Teramoto, a young artist based in Tokyo, they are also the source of human creativity and imagination.