152 posts tagged Japanese
152 posts tagged Japanese
We already thought Relaxing Bear Omelettes (Rilakkuma Omurice) were ridiculously cute, but we may have briefly lost consciousness at the the sight of this mind-blowingly kawaii Corgi rice omelette. His body is made of plain white rice and rice mixed with ketchup. His ears have been decorated with two little slices of ham and his eyes are probably oval pieces of seaweed
"And the nose…well the nose looks like a jellybean, or maybe a chocolate covered peanut. Neither one is generally considered to go well with omuraisu, but with all the sweetness radiating from the adorable design, we doubt one little piece of candy is going to make that big a difference."
We may not recover from the sight of this edible corgi until we find a real life corgi to pet. Until then we’ll be walking on air.
Oh Japan, you’ve done it once again - gone and created something outrageously cute and edible. In celebration of the Hotel New Hankyu Osaka’s 50th anniversary, the hotel bakery is making adorable Kuro Neko No Te (Black Cat Paw) sandwich pastries that look just like kawaii kitty paws.
The paw-shaped cakes are made of chocolate infused dacquoise dough with a layer of chocolate rice cream between them. The finishing touch is a daub of chocolate on each paw pad. They’re offered in milk chocolate and white chocolate flavors.
Kuro Neko No Te are on sale for the Valentine’s Day and White Day seasons at Blue Jean, a cafe/bakery found on the first floor basement of the Hotel New Hankyu Osaka where they sell for 230 yen (US$2.25) each.
The pastry chefs have done such a great job making these treats look like cat paws that we wouldn’t be surprised if they twitched when placed near a shoelace or piece of string.
Check out this awesome suit of Hello Kitty kendo armour or bogu (防具). Hello Kitty has appeared on all sorts of products during her 40 year career, but this may be the first time we’ve seen Sanrio’s beloved Kitty-chan being used to prettify a set of Japanese training armour, complete with a shiny red bow atop the mask. Protective gear festooned with kawaii kitties may not intimidate your opponent, but it might lull them into a false sense of superiority or at least distract them long enough for you to get in a good strike or two.
We’ve seen all sorts of awesome things made of ice, from ice sculptures and ice hotels to ice cliffs, caves and frozen bubbles. But this is the first time we’ve seen ice couture. This striking pair of ice-glasses was created by Sapporo, Japan-based artist and illustrator Baku Maeda (previously featured here.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
Yuko Higuchi’s artwork combines so many of our favourite things, such as tentacles, cats and anthropomorphism, that looking at her drawings feels like we’ve fallen down a rabbit hole created just for us. We were delighted to learn that the adorable kitty featured in so many Yuko’s pieces is based on her own pet cat named Boris. He’s her primary source of inspiration.
These pieces are just a small sampling of Yuko Higuchi's surreal world. You can see lots more of her artwork on Facebook, via Twitter, or right here on Tumblr. She also recently published her very first illustrated book.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
Most cats love boxes, but few love them quite as much as a Japanese Scottish Fold named Maru. If you follow the Geyser of Awesome then chances are good you’re already well acquainted with Maru. But we’d be remiss to devote an entire day to boxes without mentioning the awesomely cute kitty who loves boxes more than almost anything. He sleeps in them, hides in them, charges and runs into them, and even wears them around like costumes from time to time.
It’s hard to pick just one video to box-related Maru video share, so we recommend spending a rainy day enjoying his very own YouTube channel.
For now please enjoy “Many too small boxes and Maru”, in which Maru does his very best to enjoy an assortment of boxes that are much smaller than his cuddly frame.
Here’s yet another reason we must all get together and take a field trip to Japan: They have Bunny Cafés.
Called “usagi cafe” (うさぎカフェ), the furry establishments have been around for a few years now and really started to take off in 2012.
Some of these cafés are really pet shops that also serve coffee and appropriately kawaii treats, some keep the bunny-handling area completely separate from the café, and others are exactly what the name implies: a coffee shop that allows you to sit and pet bunnies to your heart’s content.
We love the idea of stressed out Japanese students and office workers heading into a bunny café for relief from the pressures of life. In fact, we can’t think of a situation where petting a soft little bun wouldn’t help at least a little bit.
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These intricate and extraordinarily beautiful embroidered silk balls are a form of Japanese folk art called Temari, which means “hand ball” in Japanese. These particular temari are even more impressive because they were handmade by a 92-year-old grandmother in Japan.
"Although she only learned this elaborate skill in her sixties, she has since created nearly 500 unique designs that have been photographed by her granddaughter NanaAkua. Impressive does not even begin to describe this feat of dexterity, imagination and keen eyesight. The difficult process of becoming a recognized temari craftsman in Japan is tedious and requires specific training and testing. This grandmother must certainly be one motivated and talented woman. And if that was not enough to garner your complete admiration, she now volunteers every week teaching others how to make their own temari.”
Temari have been made in Japan since the 7th century and are still highly valued and cherished as gifts symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. They are traditionally given to children by their parents on New Year’s Day. Mothers place a small piece of paper with a secret goodwill wish for her child inside the tightly-wrapped ball. Alternately, some temari are made as noisemakers by placing rice grains or bells in the center.
This magnificent white castle is entirely made of paper. The awesomely intricate work of papercraft was created by Japanese artist Wataru Itou, who spent four years on the project. Entitled Umi no Ue no Oshiro, which translates to mean ‘A Castle on the Ocean,’ the 2009 installation featured a moving train and enchanting internal lighting structure.
[via Twisted Sifter]
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!