Tag Archives: Japan

What are the rare earth elements?

Enough rare earth minerals have been found off Japan to last centuries Rare earths are important materials for green technology, as well as medicine and manufacturing Where would we be without all of our rare-earth magnets? Rare earth elements are … Continue reading

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Kirie Octopus Cut From a Single Piece of Paper by Masayo Fukuda

all photos courtesy Masayo Fukuda Kirie (切り絵, literally ‘cut picture’) is the Japanese art of paper-cutting. Variations of kirie can be found in cultures around the world but the Japanese version is said to be derived from religious ceremonies and … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Best Designer Christmas Trees of 2018

If you’re doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in Tokyo, try and swing by some of these locations where you’ll find the best seasonal yet unorthodox designer Christmas trees. Kinetic Christmas tree at Mikimoto Ginza by we+ If you’re in the … Continue reading

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Thoughts on Creativity & Imagination

Hayao Miyazaki is the mastermind behind Studio Ghibli films. His animated films became home to millions of people, due to the creative nature of his movies. The link between child imagination and creativity is told through his vast knowledge. So, … Continue reading

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Half a Century in the Making: Tree ‘Crop Circles’ Emerge in Japan – Spoon & Tamago

Two peculiar ‘crop circles’ have recently been spotted in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture. Viewable only from above, they were formed by sugi (Japanese cedar) trees. Conspiracy theorists will be disappointed to learn that there is a very practical explanation for how … Continue reading

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Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Culture Collides in Striking Photographs by RK – Colossal

Tokyo-based photographer RK  explores the far reaches of Japan, as well as neighboring Asian countries, shooting images that capture both timeless and of-the-moment scenes. RK often includes signs of life in his landscape images, whether a fisherman casting a line beneath … Continue reading

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The Kimono World’s Dirty Little Secret

On a small island, off the coast of Okinawa in Japan, the world’s most precious kimonos are crafted using a very unusual element: mud. The meticulous technique, which has been practiced for thousands of years, uses mud and dried tree … Continue reading

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New Ghibli Museum Exhibition Depicts the Color of Time

Does time have a color? It certainly does. And for director Hayao Miyazaki, the color of time has been an important element of animation throughout his career. For nighttime scenes in particular, the Studio Ghibli animator and his staff have … Continue reading

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Handmade Paper Toys by Haruki Nakamura Spring, Fold, and Jump into Action

Japanese paper engineer Haruki Nakamura (previously) continues to design delightful toys using simple materials. A friendly armadillo curls into a self-protective ball at the touch of a finger, and a sleepy boy emerges, ready to sleepwalk, in “Astral Projection.” Nakamura … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Japanese Firework Illustrations Now Available for Free Download

In the early 20th-century English fireworks company C.R. Brock and Company (now known as Brocks Fireworks) published colorful catalogs displaying designs from Japanese companies such as Hirayama Fireworks and Yokoi Fireworks. Six catalogs of diverse pyrotechnic diagrams have been digitized and … Continue reading

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