Tag Archives: Japan

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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Peak Persimmon Drying Season Drapes Orange Curtains Throughout Wakayama

It’s peak persimmon drying season in Japan right now. And for Wakayama prefecture, a major producer of persimmons, that means that roughly 70 farmers throughout the town of Katsuragi transform their farms into what is reminiscent of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Beauty of Uniqlo’s Robotic Warehouse – Spoon & Tomago

Japanese retailing giant UNIQLO opened their Ariake offices back in 2015 but the warehouse was plagued with problems and inefficiencies. So the company committed to overhaul the warehouse, which was unveiled last week. The result, in which 90% of the … Continue reading

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The Architectural Ceramics of Yuki Nara

Yuki Nara is a descendant of the Ohi-yaki house of ceramics. So to say that there was some pressure to become a potter, would be an understatement. “In elementary school I didn’t even want to touch clay,” says 29-year old … Continue reading

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Ultra Dense Pen Drawings of Ginza by Nobumasa Takahashi – Spoon & Tomago

Japanese artist Nobumasa Takahashi has created a series of dense, pen drawings of Ginza that merge fantasy and reality. Each piece draws on Ginza’s unique culture and history such as its back streets, its high-end shopping and its legacy as … Continue reading

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