149 posts tagged japan
149 posts tagged japan
Does this bedroom look like a dream come true or a saccharine nightmare? Either way it’s complete kawaii overload. A bright and disorienting “swarm of neon-colored cuteness.” Entitled Colorful Rebellion — Seventh Nightmare, the room is an immersive installation created by Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda.
"This installation, which filled the Kianga Ellis Projects in Chelsea, New York earlier this year, features a room bursting with manufactured objects of cuteness, including bundles of fake fur, stuffed animals, plastic jewelry, girl’s hair accessories, dollhouses, and other colorful toys that completely cover the walls and ceiling of the room. In the middle of the room is a bed, which visitors could lay upon and gaze up at the explosion of “Harajuku kawaii” closing in on them from every direction.”
Harajuku is an area in Japan known as a hub for Japanese youth culture and fashion. Fans of Japanese street fashion gather to show off all sorts of distinctive and outrageous styles. Masuda recognizes that this is sometimes much more than a flamboyant hobby. It’s often a vital coping mechanism for youth in Japan.
"One must understand that in Japan, therapy and psychological outlets are not as acceptable as they are in the United States," Masuda explains in his artist statement. "The majority of the time, these girls do not fit in with their classmates and community. Harajuku is not only a place where they can be different without consequence, it is also a place that provides fashion alternatives for girls to express dark emotions in flamboyant, alternative styles."
In addition to being an artist, Masuda owns a Japanese boutique called 6%DOKIDOKI and has been very influential in popularizing kawaii culture, both within Japan and around the world.
This awesome Gundam mobile suit is made of stone, stands 13 feet tall, weighs 10 tons and might just be the most geekstastic headstone we’ve ever seen. It was photographed in front of a stonemasonry shop outside a Kise Sekizai Boseki Center in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
Kise Sekizai is a chain of Japanese grave makers in the area. According to the watermark on Google Street View it was last seen in 2013 and probably still stands there to this day.
If your business is building tombstones and your population includes an ever-increasing number of anime-loving Otaku, it seems both shrewd and ambitious to advertise such extravagantly geeky custom grave markers. We love it.
Kawaii! Prepare yourself for another awesomely potent dose of Japanese cuteness. Meet Marutaro, an impressively round African pygmy hedgehog who lives in Japan with his hedgehog wife named Okomesan and a daughter named Kinoko.
Thanks to his inherent adorableness and charm, as well as his owner’s predilection for photographing him behind silly paper faces and in front of all sorts of chalkboard scenes, Marutaro has become an internet sensation on Japanese twitter. There you’ll find a seemingly endless stream of cute photos that are sure to keep your blood sugar level dangerously elevated.
A few weeks ago we shared a couple photos taken at a Japanese pigeon mask party. Today, thanks to Kotaku, we learned that that festive occasion was just the tip of an awesomely weird Japanese iceberg.
A Japanese comedy site called Daily Portal Z recently held a “Hato Event" (‘hato’ means pigeon in Japanese) at Osaka’s Grand Front shopping center. Attendees wore our Pigeon Masks and had their photos taken at the massive and fashionable Grand Front Osaka shopping center.
But there’s more, so much more. It seems Twitter is full of Japanese users posting their own photos while wearing pigeons masks - during meals, at the office, at the bar, lounging at home with their cats, riding the subway, even at the park hanging out with live pigeons. It’s amazing. When we go to Japan, we’ll be sure to pack a Pigeon Mask.
Visit Kotaku for more photos and complete photo credits.
Cat-shaped treats seem like a wonderful way to celebrate how much you like your feline friends. These treats are cat-shaped nerikiri, which is “a traditional Japanese sweet made by mixing shiro-an (sweetened white bean paste) with gyuhi (made of glutinous rice, similar to mochi but softer).” Caroline sculpts her nerikiri cats and kittens into various sizes and poses and then uses edible dyes to add distinguishing markings and fine details. She even makes little accessories for them, like tea sets and pillows for extra-comfy lounging.
Based on the effort that goes into making these sweets, it seems likely that Caroline’s family probably has at least one real life cat of their own and we’re guessing it leads a wonderfully spoiled life.
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Check out this awesome Super Mario Bros. costume depicting Mario in his original 8-bit form. These photos were taken by e_earphone and mamerialyuuyaaa at a huge cosplay street festival taking place in the wonderfully geeky Nipponbashi district of Osaka, Japan. It’s such a well-attended event that classic Mario ran into a little Luigi. Let’s hope no one got in the way of that giant Koopa shell.
Visit Kotaku Cosplay for many more photos from this fantastic event.
Fast food is already pretty unhealthy, so why not substitute that cheeseburger, milkshake and fries with a perfect (and perfectly edible) replica made of cookies?
This awesome cookie meal was made by the older sister of Japanese Twitter user あかり who added that her sister, “Can make anything out of cookies.” We don’t doubt it for a second and hope we get to see more of her tantalizingly tricksy cookie creations.
Leave it to Japan to demonstrate an exceptionally awesome way to liven up our morning commute. This 15-second commerical for Fit’s LINK chewing gum depicts a businessman being aided in his morning commute by a giant cat. It’s the urban business version of the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro.
Pack your bags, Japan has created yet another awesome reason for a Geyser of Awesome field trip. Let’s go to the city of Kawasaki and visit the Kaiju Sakaba, or Kaiju Pub. It’s a a bar dedicated to Ultraman’s monstrous kaiju adversaries.
Visitors are greeted at the door by an impressively well-behaved Baltan Alien. The pub’s interior has been thoroughly decorated with Ultraman-themed furniture and memorabilia and even some of the food resembles tasty little Kaiju. We sure hope Guillermo del Toro visited the Kaiju Sakaba while he was working on Pacific Rim.
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We featured plenty of different miniature fake foods, but what about awesomely tiny food that’s actually edible? Japanese chef Hironori Ikeno works at a restaurant in the Nohachi district of Tokyo where he creates pieces of sushi that are so small, each piece of fish sits atop a single grain of rice.
It began as a joke with a customer, but ten years later Chef Ikeno offers seven different types of impossibly small sushi. Each piece of itty-bitty Nigirizushi weighs less than one gram and requires five minutes of preparation time (compared to the normal-sized versions, which require less than a minute to assemble).
Click here to watch a brief video demonstration of Chef Ikeno assembling his amazing single-grain sushi.