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Expertly Crafted Bamboo Insects by Noriyuki Saitoh Appear Poised to Take Flight

Noriyuki Saitoh (previously) creates insect sculptures at a 1:1 scale, forming each of the creatures’ wings, legs, and antennae from thinly sliced bamboo. The Japanese artist poses his works as if they have been caught mid-flight, often incorporating handmade props such as … Continue reading

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Jewels in the Night Sea: Luminous Plankton Captured in the Dark Waters of the Osezaki Sea

Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series Phenomenons explores the diverse beauty and extravagant colors of plankton, and is shot amongst the dark waters of the Osezaki … Continue reading

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Natura Insects by Raku Inoue – Faith is Torment

A series of hand-made floral insects by multidisciplinary artist/designer Raku Inoue based in Montreal. The insects look so lifelike that from a distance they could be mistaken for the real thing. Inoue states that these flower-based insects were inspired by … Continue reading

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Japanese Musician Creates Unique Drum Beats by Tapping on Vintage Tape Recorders

Japanese musicians Ei Wada, Haruka Yoshida, and Masaru Yoshida create reverberating drum beats on the outstretched tape of cracked open reel-to-reel tape recorders from the 1970s and 1980s. The group, appropriately named Open Reel Ensemble, produces an intriguing timbre that more … Continue reading

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Taku Omura Transforms Company Logos into 3D-Printed Items – Spoon & Tomago

Japanese designer Taku Omura runs an intriguing side project he calls trial and error. Inspired by their shapes and forms, Omura transforms company logos we see every day, into usable items by imagining them in 3D. He then uses a … Continue reading

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Go sightseeing in Japan, right on YouTube · Global Voices

Have you always wanted to visit Japan, but just haven’t had the chance? Perhaps you don’t have the time, or a plane ticket (and everything else about taking a vacation) is just too expensive. Not to worry — YouTube channel … Continue reading

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Trying Japan’s Famous Black Ramen

Taiki’s ramen in Toyama, Japan is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or tasted. Considered to be some of the best ramen in the country, its noodles sit in a jet-black soup. Whereas traditional ramen broth is created using pork or … Continue reading

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Illustrations by Kazuki Okuda

Intricate illustrations of animals, humans, machines, architecture and nature all coexisting together in a fantastical way by Kyoto-based artist Kazuki Okuda. His approach to these drawings involves using a pen to do the detailed line work then using Photoshop to add … Continue reading

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Before Sushi, There Was Funazushi

The type of sushi you’re probably most familiar with is haya-nare, a quick form of sushi made and consumed within a day using vinegared rice and raw fish. But there’s a second type of sushi that takes a little longer … Continue reading

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Recycled Bamboo Installations Intertwine in Site-Specific Configurations by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV – Colossal

Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV produces twisting installations of woven bamboo that meld into their environment’s floor and ceiling. To bend the durable material he first moistens each piece to achieve the perfect curve, and often recycles the same pieces of … Continue reading

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