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The Mysterious Japanese Ambigrams of Issei Nomura


the sculpture depicts the kanji for sun (陽) but when lit at the right angle, casts a shadow of the character for shadow (陰) An ambigram is a word or phrase that can be interpreted differently depending on the angle or orientation that it’s viewed.

Psychedelic, Graffiti-Inspired Artwork by Yoshi47


Dr. Seuss meets Tim Burton is one of the many ways to describe the psychedelic artwork of Japanese artist Yoshi47.

Dad Turns Daughter’s Artwork into Adorable Bento Box


all photos courtesy Takafumi Ozeki Takafumi Ozeki is definitely a contender for the 2017 Dad of the Year Award.

Artless Craft Tea & Coffee Nakameguro


the new Artless Tea & Coffee opened in Nakameguro on May 12, 2017 Just about 1 year ago Shun Kawakami’s branding agency artlessInc.

Picklestone: A New Revolutionary Tool to Create Pickles


Pickles, or tsukemono, are the unsung heroes of Japanese cuisine. For thousands of years pickles have quietly played their role as side-dish but I don’t think I’m alone in admitting that I’ve often enjoyed them as a main dish, along with a bowl of white rice.

Japanese Bookstore to Begin Same-Day Delivery to Train Station Lockers


coin lockers at Fuchu Station along the Keio Line in Tokyo Japanese bookstore Keibundo will begin offering a new service starting May 23, 2017.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic/Paralympic Mascot Design Proposals to be Judged by Children


The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Committee has announced a call for entries for the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots. Although Japan is well-known for their mascots, the last time the Summer Olympics were held in Japan the year was 1964 so mascots weren’t really a thing.

Think Small: A Solo Exhibition of Sculpture by Takeshi Miyakawa


“Think Small” on view at John Doe gallery in Brooklyn through May 28, 2017 The Brooklyn-based Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa currently has a solo exhibition at John Doe gallery, also in Brooklyn.

The Company Uniforms of Fashion Designer Naoki Takizawa


Naoki Takizawa designed all the uniforms for the crew of the new Train Suite Shiki-Shima (all photos courtesy Naoki Takizawa) When the luxurious Train Suite Shiki-Shima launched earlier this month people ogled at its sumptuous bar car, first-class dining room and lounge car with its large windows and couches.

Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks is Keeping the Flame of Tradition Alive


the factory and shop of Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks In a rural part of Fukuoka prefecture there’s a small company that’s been making children’s fireworks for over 80 years.

Go Visit the New Ota Art Museum & Library


the new Ota Art Museum & Library | photos courtesy t-site/ Atsumi Iwama Take the train from Tokyo’s Kitasenju-station, about 80 minutes North-East up to Gunma Prefecture, and you will arrive at Ota station.

You Can Now Have Japanese Fisherman Call You to Wake You Up Bright and Early


Fisherman Call is a new wake-up service created by Japanese fisherman Waking up early can be tough, especially if you’re a recent graduate who is new to the 9-to-5 shift.

Falling Leaves: Endearing Portraits of a Grandmother, a Grandson and a Tragedy


“Falling Leaves” by Akihito Yoshida Back in 2011 when photographer Akihito Yoshida visited his cousin living in a small rural town in Miyazaki prefecture, he discovered a very special relationship.

Etsuko Ichihara’s Namahage Deity Invades Tokyo


In Japanese folklore there exists a beast-like deity called the Namahage. It can be found all over Japan, taking on different appearances and even names depending on the region.

The Incredible Sand Sculptures of Toshihiko Hosaka


Hosaka won the recent Fulong International Sand Sculpture contest with his sand sculpture of Musashi Miyamoto Toshihiko Hosaka began making sand sculptures in art school and has been using beaches and sand boxes as his canvas for almost 20 years.

New Objects of Nature Preserved in Acrylic Cubes


Ever stumble upon a beautiful leaf or flower and wish you could freeze it in time, keeping it forever without it withering away?

Haneda Airport’s New Power Lounge by Kenya Hara and Takram


the new “Power Lounge” that just opened in Haneda Airport If you’ve ever traveled through Haneda Airport you’ll know that it’s one of the most enjoyable travel experiences – clean, carefree and utterly traveler-friendly.

Bioluminscent Sea Sparkle Lights Up the Waves of Yuigahama, Kamakura


all photos courtesy @jin_ishiiJK “It’s like an aurora of the seas.” That was the impression many lucky nighttime beach-goers had last night in Japan when a large bloom of Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as sea sparkle, invaded the shore of Yuigahama, a beach in Japan’s coastal city of Kamakura.

A Bicycle-Shaped Bicycle Stand by Yuma Kano


Japanese industrial designer Yuma Kano has created a steel bicycle stand that’s shaped like a bicycle.

‘Art of the In-Between’ Offers a Rare Glimpse into the Mind of Rei Kawakubo


I don’t own a single item from Comme Des Garcons, Rei Kawakubo’s fashion label that means “like some boys” in French.


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