17 posts tagged Tokyo
17 posts tagged Tokyo
Who is that cheerful man with the adorably double-braided beard and why is he dressed up as a Japanese schoolgirl? Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft has the scoop: This is Hideaki Kobayashi and he’s known (and rightfully so) as “Sailor Suit Old Man.”
Recently, Japanese sites and Twitter users in Tokyo have spotted an old guy dressed in a sailor style school uniform—a truly unusual sight to behold. People were amused. People were baffled. What the hell was going on?!
Japanese site IT Media met Kobayashi and asked him the question on everyone’s mind: Why do you dress like a Japanese schoolgirl?
“That’s a difficult question,” said Kobayashi. “It’s not really something I’ve thought too deeply about. Hrm. I guess it’s because sailor suits look good on me?”
We hope Mr. Kobayashi has some inkling of just how awesome he is. We can’t stop smiling as we look at these photos. Head over to Kotaku to learn more about “Sailor Suit Old Man,” our new hero of Japanese weirdness.
Annoying Tokyo Train Monsters, October 1982
The three annoying train monsters shown in the poster are Nesshii (the sleeping monster), Asshii (the leg-crossing monster), and Shinbunshii (the newspaper-reading monster).
[via How to be a Retronaut]
Japanese artist Rie Hosokai of Daisy Balloon creates awesome dresses using balloons. His latest pieces were constructed as part of ‘Piece for Peace’ - a charity art exhibition at Parco Gallery in Tokyo that runs until January 9, 2013.
[via Design Boom]
Yoshikazu Tsuno photographed this awesome little sunflower happily smiling at visitors to a field in Tokyo, Japan. A number of beaming sunflowers amongst some 20,000 blossoms greeted visitors during the weekend.
Just think, an entire field full of living positive affirmations!
[via Design You Trust]
The 2012 Tokyo Hotaru Festival took place recently, releasing 100,000 blue LED lights to float in the Sumida River. The bulbs rolled along the waves of the river bank, mimicking hotaru (the Japanese word for “fireflies”), for the festival that celebrates the Japanese tradition of watching fireflies float along a watercourse. The spectacular event lit up the waterway with a sparkling sapphire radiance against the night sky.
The solar-powered LED balls, known as prayer stars, were designed to illuminate when they came in contact with water and were provided by Panasonic, one of the event’s sponsors. At the close of the festival, the bulbs were gathered by giants nets and removed from the stream.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more photos of this awesome spectacle.
Well here’s talkingbreakfast visiting that very same robot! This photo gives you a great sense of just how tall the robot is.
We wish we could have gone with you! Thanks for the submission!
Reblogged from talkingbreakfast
Do you recognize this awesome robot? You should if you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime films. This sculpture is a life-size version of the robot soldier from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, which wasStudio Ghibli’s first feature film.
And guess what! You can visit him in person for the price of a flight to Tokyo and admission to the Ghibli Museum. It’s definitely on our To Do list.
A cyclopean little girl dressed as a young Leela from Futurama at the Wonder Festival in Tokyo. While we cannot deny the awesomeness of this costume, we also admit that we’re afraid of turning the corner and finding her staring at us with her single, unblinking eye.
[via Danny Choo]
When Santa Claus isn’t working at the North Pole or making delivery rounds, he sometimes moonlights as a scuba diver and performs good deeds like feeding this 16-foot-long whale shark Hachibei at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo.
Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno
[via The Washington Post]