143 posts tagged Japanese
143 posts tagged Japanese
These adorable Sushi Trucks are the work of Japanese artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano. They created this awesomely kawaii method for transporting pieces of delicious sushi to hungry customers in order to demonstrate how serving food can be a fun and creative enterprise.
Of course, no matter how hungry we were, we wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity to drive our sushi trucks around the bar, pretending to be voracious kaiju, before driving them right into our mouths. Om nom nom nom!
Japanese embroidery artist Hiroko Kubota stitches the images of cute Internet kitties onto white button-down shirts and sells them via her Etsy shop. It all began because of her son, who really loves cats and requested that she sew the images of some of his favourite found felines onto his shirts. Because she often couldn’t find ready-made clothing that fit him properly, Hiroko was already making clothes for her son, so enhancing them with cute kitties was a fun addition.
After posting her creations online they quickly went viral (like most Internet cats do), prompting Kubota to open an Etsy shop 6 months ago. Despite the hefty price tag for a shirt ($250 – $300) she quickly racked up 15 sales and her current inventory is looking a bit slim.
Act quickly if you want to snag a hand-made kitty shirt while you still can.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
The arrival of wintertime in Japan doesn’t just bring the sweetness of mandarin oranges, or Mikan, for snacking, it brings another outlet for ridiculously cute art as well. Mikan Art is the Japanese practice of tearing, cutting, and twisting the peels of mandarin oranges so that they resemble kawaii creatures and objects. The orange snail is so wonderful and simple, we feel like we’re now going to be unable to peel an orange without briefly creating a snail friend first.
In 2010, Yasuhiro Okada published a book entitled Atarashii Mikan no Mukikata or New Ways to Peel a Mikan, which provides 25 diagrams and instructions for creating entertaining shapes using mikan peel.
We just found the work of another awesome coffee artist. These tantalizing latte portraits are the work of Japanese latte artist Mattsun, currently treating people to delicious works of caffeinated art in Tokyo. Mattsun began creating drinkable works of art back in 2009 while working at an Italian restaurant. In 2011 he held a very popular solo exhibition, entitled Blue Sky Latte Art, in Dōtonbori, Osaka, Japan. To date he has created over 500 pieces of latter art and hopes to one day own a mobile cafe so that he can use his artwork to “bring smiles to people all across Japan.”
"The product itself comes with all the ingredients required, and a large bucket to prepare in and create a twenty serving crème caramel intended to be shared.”
What sort of pudding do we want? Anthropomorphic Giga Pudding! The kawaii treat that’s so eager to be eaten by you, it starts eating itself first. Strange and awesome.
Would you care for a piping hot bowl of ramen? Let’s hope not because these bowls contain only sweet, deliciously deceptive cake. We’re always delighted by cakes that look like anything but cake. And these examples of Japanese Ramen Cake (ラーメンケーキ) are mouthwateringly awesome.
The Ramen Cake seen in the top photo was created by ochikeron of Create Eat Happy. She also made a fascinating How to Make Ramen Cake instructional video. The video’s description includes a complete recipe, so now you can go make your own tricksy bowl of noodles.
Visit Kotaku to see more examples of Ramen cake from around Japan.
Japanese Twitter user Dori Asuka used boxes of Morinaga carmels (and all sorts of papercraft skill) to create this awesome Golden Warrior Gold Lightan robot. It also transforms from humble candy box shape to mighty robot shape.
"Anime Golden Warrior Gold Lightan aired in Japan during the early 1980s and followed the adventures of a young boy and a gold cigarette lighter than turned into a giant robot. Oh, the days when children could have transforming lighters!”
We’ve just found another awesome version of The Last Supper for our collection. Kotaku has been following the awesome after-school activities of a creative group of Japanese high school students who frequently turn their classroom chalkboard into a great big canvas.
The students’ chalkboard version of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece is breathtaking. In addition to Italian Renaissance masterworks, the students have drawn all sorts of different anime and manga characters. Their use of negative space is pretty phenomenal. And, considering how long it must take them to complete some of these pieces, we’re guessing their teacher is very supportive of this entertaining hobby.
Visit Kotaku to check out more of the students’ awesome chalkboard art.
Check out this awesome music video by Japanese performer and former martial artist Genki Sudo along with his pop band World Order. For their single “Welcome to TOKYO.” the group performed their signature slow-motion synchronized robotic dancing in the center of bustling street throughout Tokyo. Their captivating performance is made all the more mesmerizing because of the crowds of people all around them going about their business at normal speed.
[via Laughing Squid]
Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima (previously featured here) recently unveiled her latest work of paper art at the Jerwood Space in London. Entitled Byaku (Japanese for White), this awesomely delicate and intricate piece is a life-sized depiction of a swimming polar bear. It was made using a single 3m x 3m sheet of white Washi paper.
"Before she started to cut the animal figure, she crumpled the paper by hand to give it an uneven texture, creating a more faceted form than the smooth surface would have allowed.
The artist revealed to Designboom that she, ‘chose this particular Washi because it has less then 100% Kouzo content and this means that it subtly turns warmer in colour over time – this mimics the fur of the polar bear which based on my research goes through a similar change over the span of its life.’”
The ends of the bear’s fur form shapes of carp and waves, enhancing the appearance that the animal is swimming through water. Byaku hangs from the gallery ceiling and spotlights positioned overhead cast shadows onto a white plinth below, creating swirling patterns like reflections on water.