103 posts tagged Kawaii
103 posts tagged Kawaii
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!
Dark Roasted Blend recently assembled an impressive collection of Extremely Weird Bus Stops & Shelters. Our favourites include the fabulous disco bus stop, kawaii fruit and fish-shaped bus stops (that are, of course, located in Japan), a hungry bunny bus shelter (caught in the act of devouring two ladies oblivious to their peril, and the ferocious great white shark bench in Bangkok, Thailand (previously featured here).
Visit Dark Roasted Blend to view many more strange and wonderful bust stops.
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]
Sadie Campbell is an English sculptor from Dereham, Norfolk who creates awesomely adorable miniature animal sculptures, some of which aren’t much larger than a single grain of rice. That is some seriously wee art.
Using a mixture of clay and Plasticine and tools such as tweezers and a magnifying glass, Sadie has been creating her itty-bitty creatures for the past 19 years. It takes her up to two weeks (And lots of patience) to carefully mould each figure. Each piece is so small and detailed that she has to hold her breath to keep her hands steady during crucial moulding and decorating stages.
Ms Campbell said: ‘One of the hardest parts of my job is trying not to sneeze because if you sneeze everything is just gone. The material you are working with is so delicate. I did some tiny spiders once and I had a stray thread on my jumper which managed to brush them all over the floor.
Visit Dailymail.co.uk to view more examples of Sadie Campbell’s cute creatures.
Chelonian craft maven Katie Bradley (previously featured here) has added food-themed turtle and tortoise cozies to her MossyTortoise shop. If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that the world needs more turtles stoically plodding around looking like the cutest cheeseburgers, roast turkeys, and crabs that we’ve ever seen.
Visit Katie’s MossyTortoise shop to check out more of her completely awesome handmade creations.
[via Serious Eats]
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.
These cute, if perplexing, photos were each taken in places called Squirrel Gardens (“risu-en” or リス園 in Japanese). Who’s ready for another Geyser of Awesome field trip? It’s clear that we’ve found yet another reason why we should all get together and travel to Japan, and this time we need to pack a suitcase full of Squirrel Underpants.
Squirrel Gardens are “zoos that specialize in squirrels, and depending on where you go, they have different breeds of the critters as well as other small furry animals like guinea pigs and rabbits.”
As you can see from these photos, some places even allow visitors to touch and feed the squirrels (other locations specifically request that you don’t do either). We aren’t sure if the protective mittens are provided by the gardens or if people bring them themselves. Either way, they seem like a pretty good idea.
Squirrel Gardens can be found throughout Japan, but the most famous squirrel garden is located in Machida, Tokyo. Called Machida Risu-en and open since 1988, it has roughly 200 squirrels which roam around the main plaza. That is a lot of squirrels. In fact, maybe we should pack two suitcases of Squirrel Underpants instead.
Visit Kotaku to view many more photos of Japan’s awesome Squirrel Gardens.
Here’s a delightfully abrasive twist on papercraft. Artist and designer Mandy Smith used sandpaper to create these miniature versions of everyday objects. We’re particularly taken with the fact that each of these adorable objects would be more than a little troublesome if they were put to use as real life objects - the toilet paper in particular. Ouch!
Photos by Bruno Drummond.
Lots of people love to travel and plenty of people do, but there are also lots of people out there who, sometimes because of physical or psychological challenges, can’t get out very easily, if at all. That’s where a tender-hearted, 38-year-old, Japanese entrepreneur named Sonoe Azuma comes in. Three years ago she started a business called Unagi Travel, a self-described “travel agency for stuffed animals.” Sonoe arranges vacations and day-trips for stuffed animals, taking photos and videos all the while, so that their owners may vicariously experience the adventures of their plush friends.
Travelogues are uploaded to Facebook, where the owners can follow what activities their stuffed animals are up to.
"So far, more than 200 stuffed animals have participated in the trips, and some of them sign up regularly. I would say 40 percent of my business is repeat customers," Azuma told The Yomiuri Shimbun. She now organizes ten trips a month and has even taken stuffed animals abroad to the U.S. and Europe.
These trips aren’t just entertaining for Sonoe’s customers, some of whom suffer from depression and/or social anxiety, they also encourage people to work up the strength/courage/motivation to get out and travel themselves.
"I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my stuffed animal’s journeys someday,” a 51-year-old woman from Saga Prefecture told Yomiuri. The woman had become a recluse because an illness had made walking difficult. However, she was inspired to rehabilitate her legs and go out in the world after seeing her stuffed animal on an Unagi Travel tour.
"Seeing my stuffed animal traveling encouraged me," she said. "I began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over things that I can’t.
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.”