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Eiko Ishioka 1939 – 2012

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January 31st, 2012

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This month we lost of one the greatest costume designers ever to come out of Japan, her name is Eiko Ishioka. Eiko, being born in Tokyo 1939 was an Oscar-winning costume designer, known for her work in stage, screen, advertising, and print media, and has been called “Japan’s leading art director and graphic designer.” [ Continue Reading ]

Monday Mood-Ups: WTF Japan Seriously!?

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March 8th, 2010

wtfjp copy3 585x227 Monday Mood Ups: WTF Japan Seriously!?It’s monday and if you need a dose of laughter to help you get through the day, consider visiting WTF Japan Seriously!? website. It’s not a secret that Japan is full of very interesting and unusual entertainment, but some of the stuff they air on TV simply puts you in a state of confusion. Laughter usually follows you when you recover from what you have seen and I guess that’s all that matters, right? Well, judge for your self after the break…

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Money Origami by Hasegawa Yosuke

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February 3rd, 2010

orgami 01 585x379 Money Origami by Hasegawa Yosuke I hate money. No I don’t. But I do think it’s the cancer of man kind which will never be cured. It’s such a big part of our lives that we miss to notice the art and craftsmanship that goes into designing it. Why not take it step further and make art out of it. [ Continue Reading ]

Tetsuya Uenobe and the art of shoe making

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January 25th, 2010

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About a week ago, we were fortunate enough to receive an email from a Japanese designer Tetsuya Uenobe, introducing us to his shoe art pieces. For Tetsuya it all started when he met a lot of craftsmen and designers while working as a director for a men’s wear catalog. [ Continue Reading ]

Tadaomi Parties Like Its 1999

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January 7th, 2010

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When I think of pop art, a flutter of brightly colored images and Campbell soup cans flash through my mind.  I guess I have been jaded by the work of Andy Warhol. Tadaomi Shibuya creates his own pop art using distinct geographic shapes and shadowing.

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The Work of Nam

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December 21st, 2009

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Nam is a design collective based in Japan. It currently features over ten different artists of varying backgrounds and was originally established by Takayuki Nagazawa (graphic designer) and Hiroshi Manaka (photographer). Together they work to explore the different possibilities inherent in visual art and are always expanding on their theme “a fantasy in life”. [ Continue Reading ]

Don’t Worry, I Gatchaman

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December 9th, 2009

gotcha man 585x388 Dont Worry, I GatchamanYep. You guessed it. We have another one. Might as well get used it. Our favorite cartoons from the Golden Era of animation -as far as I am concerned- ( 80′s – early 90′s) are making it to the big screen in record numbers. This time it’s Gatchaman by Imagi Studios and whether you are tired of seeing them or not, these movies seem to be worth it as far as Hollywood is concerned.

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If on Magic Mountain You Find You Can Breathe

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November 20th, 2009

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I met this guy on Saturday. This is what he does. He talked about balance, and an artist’s development and [ Continue Reading ]

Sakura Gari

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November 17th, 2009

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Of all the Japanese manga I have encountered, Yuu Watase‘s Sakura Gari is possibly the first that has intrigued me.

Before I go any further, do know that it is a work that evolves mostly around a gay relationship, so if that is somewhat distasteful for you, stop reading this post. [ Continue Reading ]

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