Alice's Blog Posts Tagged 'japan' (15)

New Swirling Vortex of Salt by Motoi Yamamoto

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto is back with an amazing, new installation all made out of salt. Floating Garden resembles the ominous image of a tropical storm, similar to the satellite shot you'd see during a weather forecast. Using ordinary table salt, Yamamoto meticulously constructs his incredible works, this time spending more than 10 hours a day for over a week on…


Added by alice on March 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Magnificent Mirror Symmetry Long Exposures of Nighttime Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based photographer Shinichi Higashi takes long exposures to exciting new heights with his series Graffiti of Speed/Mirror Symmetry. While his colorful light trails seem incredibly futuristic set against Japan's modern architecture, it's the masterful merging of two identical images that makes this series so compelling.

While it's not…


Added by alice on March 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Japan's Most Famous Festival of Lights

Back in 1995, the city of Kobe was hit with one of the most devastating earthquakes in Japan's history. Among the major cities, Kobe was the closest to the epicenter so it experienced the most damage both in terms of infrastructure and in lives lost. To pay tribute to the thousands who perished and to give hope to the surviving citizens, Kobe Luminarie, a light festival was put on that year, in…


Added by alice on November 7, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Japan's Spectacular Tunnel of Lights

If you happen to be in Japan from now to March 31, 2013, make sure to check out one of Japan's most stunning displays of light called Winter Illuminations at Nabana no Sato, a botanical garden turned light theme park on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana. Opened just yesterday, it's been called one of…


Added by alice on November 4, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Cutest Little Kitten in the World

By golly, I think we've done it. We just found the cutest kitten in the world! Her name is Daisy and she lives in Japan. The blue-eyed ball of fur is only cuter because of her miniature size, which owner Ben Torode accentuates by capturing her peeking her head out of a mixing bowl or from under a hat. For some perspective, he even placed her next to a standard miso soup bowl, which has a 10 cm…


Added by alice on September 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Mind-bending Mirrored Entranceway in Japan

Officially opened this past April, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku is a shopping complex that has one of the most mind-bending entrances we've ever seen! Ride the escalator up (or down) and you'll be enveloped into a kaleidoscope of mirrors that's sure to throw you off balance. The mirrors don't just reflect all…


Added by alice on August 28, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Magical House Covered in Thousands of Mirrors

Back in 2009, during Japan's biggest open-air art festival, called Echigo-Tsumari, artist Harumi Yukutake constructed a magical-looking house covered with thousands of round mirrors. After walking along a narrow path surrounded by grass on both sides, visitors would come upon this house that seemed to merge with its…


Added by alice on June 5, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Two Sweet Sons Growing Up in Japan - Part II

It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since we've checked in on Hideaki Hamada and his two sweet sons, Haru and Mina. Just recently, a selection of Hamada's photos were part of a solo exhibition at the Sincewell…


Added by alice on February 28, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Beautiful 3D Typographic Poster for Japan

It's hard to believe that it's been over nine months since Japan's massive earthquake that not only triggered a devastating tsunami but also severely damaged the Fukushima power plant, which resulted in the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years. While…


Added by alice on December 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Two Sweet Sons Attending School in Japan

People often ask me how My Modern Met is different than all the other art, design and culture blogs out there. Yes, we're about creative inspiration but more than that, we're about making a deeper connection between the creator (artist, designer or photographer) and the viewer. The relationships we form are real. That's why you'll see us posting about the same person (and their work) as they… Continue

Added by alice on April 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Photo Journey to Japan (14 pics)

Take a trip with me today and let's visit the wonderful country of Japan. But let's not take the usual route, a plane ticket there is much too expensive. Instead, let's ask our photographer friends to give us their unique perspective. Let's ask them to show us how they see modern-day Japan.…


Added by alice on February 2, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Hotel Tomo: A Japanese Pop-Culture Inspired Hotel (5 pics)

About two years ago, boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre reopened the Best Western Miyako Inn in San Francisco as the anime-infused Hotel Tomo. Looking through their website this morning, the rooms really do look like the closest thing you'll get to experiencing Japan's pop-culture in an American hotel. With plasma screens showing anime and monster movies in the lobby, a…


Added by alice on October 7, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Gigantor Robot Will Protect Kobe, Japan

Perhaps the Japanese know something we don't! A 60-foot statue of famous cartoon robot Gigantor was recently built in the city of Kobe. Towering over Kobe's Wakamatsu Park, the statue weighs 50 tons, costs about $1.5 million to build and took about six weeks to erect. Just like the humongous…


Added by alice on October 6, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Holy Crap!

Oh those folk at Coca Cola like scaring the bejesus out of us! Check out this new "experience" advertisement for their Georgia Max Coffee brand. They redesigned the toilets of a number of key ski resorts in Japan. The toilet areas were fully wrapped on all sides, so that the person squatting would have a ski jumper’s view when they were sitting on the loo. After you fell over because of a bad case of vertigo, you'd look around to see a toilet paper… Continue

Added by alice on March 11, 2009 at 11:25pm — No Comments

And You Thought Your Neighbor's Christmas Decorations Rocked. Nabana no Sato Park in Japan.

If you want to make your way over to Japan this winter, you'll be able to witness one of the craziest light demonstrations ever. 4.5 million light emiting diodes are sparkling at Nabana no Sato theme park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture. They are boasting that "vivid color changing-the-art LED technology enables a production of 64 billion colors." Holy crappy..I think I… Continue

Added by alice on November 21, 2008 at 7:00am — 4 Comments


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