Each year in rural parts of Japan, heaps and heaps of straw left behind from harvesting rice are put to artistic use in the creation of giant straw sculptures. The farming communities, most notably those in Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture, hold a Straw Art Festival that invites visitors to playfully view and engage with the colossal assemblages.
Made in the likeness of towering… Continue
Added by Pinar on October 14, 2013 at 11:00am —
Teens around the world have been known to experiment with their look, from clothes and makeup to piercings and tattoos, but Japanese youths today have upped the ante with eccentric hairstyles including one in particular that resembles a freshly picked tomato. While the hairdo may not yet be a craze adopted by the majority of teens, it is certainly a spectacle to be revered… Continue
Added by Pinar on April 29, 2013 at 10:30am —
In Onahama, Japan, following the Great East Japan Earthquake, a project known as Okurie emerged that involves painting murals onto buildings that are scheduled to be demolished. Nearly two years later, artist Yosuke Tan, aka untangle, paid a visit to one site of an Okurie at Iwaki Sogo High School where recent graduates…
Added by Pinar on April 12, 2013 at 9:00am —
German photographer Martin Rietze caught a series of spectacularly breathtaking shots of a volcano, shrouded in flying lava and electrifying lightning, erupting in southern Kyushu, Japan. Rietze's photography displays Sakurajima Volcano's energetic eruption with unexpected vigor. The images present a phenomenal juxtaposition of a rain of fire and flashes of… Continue
Added by Pinar on March 12, 2013 at 10:00am —
It's hard to believe that Tokyo-born, Oklahoma-based artist Juuri has been practicing her hand at fine art painting for just a little over a year. In that time, she has grasped not only the art of painting, but her own style of visual presentation. Juuri accurately defines her own art, saying, "My work portrays the delicate beauty of the female face enveloped by traditional… Continue
Added by Pinar on March 7, 2012 at 2:30pm —
While most Starbucks coffee shops follow a template for their architectural style, this Starbucks in Japan features a custom-made design. Architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates set out to form a unique looking cafe for the well-known brand, while maintaining its identity and complementing its surroundings. Located in Fukuoko Prefecture, on the path to… Continue
Added by Pinar on February 27, 2012 at 2:20pm —
Created by Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, Inorganic Flora shows us new observations and studies of flowers like never before. He first takes a number of photos and sketches of plants from nearly every angle. He then uses an array of digital programs, like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and even 3-D modeling, to create highly visual works. By highlighting and separating…
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 6, 2012 at 2:29pm —
Photographer Hiroshi Watanabe's series entitled Suo Sarumawashi is populated with portraits of many present-day Japanese macaque monkeys festively adorned in costumes. Today, many people dress up their pets for their own amusement, because a tiny pup parading about in human clothing…
Added by Pinar on December 9, 2011 at 2:39pm —
Now that's an interesting outside facade! Designed by Japanese architects Eastern Design Office, this new apartment building is rather unique in that it's a 4-story tall triangle. Known as "On the Corner," the building is a mixture of concrete, glass, stone, and glass blocks. While the buildings shape may be a triangle, the facade is made up of squares cut out of those… Continue
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on October 25, 2011 at 2:11pm —
These amazing hand-colored photographs of old Japan give us a history lesson about what life was like in the late 1800's to early 1900's. As an isolationist country opening its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years, a truly astounding transformation took place and, as fate would have it, photography had just been… Continue
Added by Eugene on June 2, 2011 at 12:30pm —
With the recent natural disasters in Japan, many people are doing what they can to help. Christina Conway
, a curator, graphic designer and illustrator from San Diego, California, came up with the genius idea to organize an art auction with the proceeds going to the recovery of Japan. She asked artists to paint on an ema - a small wooden… Continue
Added by Alyssa Anda on April 6, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Miu and Kanna are two young sisters growing up in Japan. As their proud father, Nagano Toyokazu doesn't just take candid shots of his daughters, he enjoys making up fictional scenes that stretch their creativity. He come up with ideas, jots down some notes and then asks his daughters to ham it up for the camera.
"In this way, I hope that these pictures will remind my daughters of their… Continue
Added by alice on March 22, 2011 at 10:30am —
While designers are putting up poster after poster to help with Japan's disaster recovery, still others are looking for creative ways to give. Artist Diem Chau, who you may remember as the talented crayon sculptor
, just announced her own, unique way.
"I'd like to make a humble… Continue
Added by alice on March 16, 2011 at 11:00am —
Nagano Toyokazu from Ishikawaka, Japan
You may remember Hideaki Hamada as the father of two sweet sons growing up in Japan
. He recently started a Flickr group to get the word out that Japan needs our help. He tells us that there are "suffering people in disaster areas that… Continue
Added by alice on March 15, 2011 at 9:00am —
We loved James White's Help Japan poster
and we're equally touched by this one from 29-year-old illustrator Rob Dobi. "I did what little I could and designed a print to benefit relief in Japan," he says. "All profits go straight to disaster recovery." I like how it needs no words.
You can… Continue
Added by alice on March 14, 2011 at 9:00am —
Designers and artists are quickly coming up with ways to do their part in helping Japan. James White of Signalnoise creating this heartbreaking, minimalist poster. All profits made by the sale will be donated to help with the relief efforts there. Signalnoise also lists several charitable organization where you can donate.
$29.99 at… Continue
Added by alice on March 12, 2011 at 8:00am —
Our hearts go out to the people in Japan and all those affected by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. It's the biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan and according to CNN
it "unleashed walls of water Friday that swept across rice fields, engulfed towns, dragged houses onto highways… Continue
Added by alice on March 11, 2011 at 8:30am —
Michael Nguyen (aka thericerocket26) must take his camera with him everywhere he goes. His photos feel like they were shot in the middle of the day, when he's going about his normal routine. When a scene starts to unfold in front of his very eyes, it appears as though he lunges for his camera, capturing the interesting moment for all of us to see. Nguyen candidly shows us a side of Japan that most of us would never get to experience otherwise..… Continue
Added by Eugene on February 7, 2011 at 11:00am —
Not since Jason Lee
have I found a father who could capture childhood is such a sweet and genuine way. Osaka, Japan-based photographer/web designer Hideaki Hamada shoots his curiously cute boys, Haru and Mina, as they make their way through life.
This very proud father has been shooting… Continue
Added by alice on February 5, 2011 at 10:00am —
Japan has changed a lot since its old Imperial days. The country has become a modern powerhouse in the global economy. But throughout time, one thing has always remained the same - Japan has one extremely rich culture.
Photographer Navid Baraty takes us on a wonderful journey to the Far East, giving us a look at the landscape and people who make up this beautiful… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 26, 2010 at 11:30am —