The Watermelon Kimono is the Perfect Summer Outfit
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by Johnny
4d ago
Summer in Japan is not summer in Japan without festivals and watermelon. So if you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe with some playful pieces that celebrate the season, as well as festival-appropriate outfits, look no further than the watermelon kimono – a juicy take on a timeless garment. A unique blend of tradition and whimsy, […] Related posts: In the summer time our genitals become itchy Keep Cool This Summer With the Komorebi Uchiwa ..read more
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Three Art Festival to Visit in Japan in the 2nd Half of 2024
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by Johnny
1w ago
Japan’s numerous art festivals have proven to be an effective way of luring domestic and international tourists out of popular destinations and into rural parts of Japan they would have otherwise not visited. The poster child is perhaps the Setouchi Triennale, whose combination of art and island hopping has transformed an obscure region of Japan, […] Related posts: Human Pendulum Choir Winner at Japan Media Arts Festival The Japanese Art Festivals to See in the 2nd Half of 2017 Echigo Tsumari Art Festival 2012 ..read more
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This is the Time of Year Bamboo Shoots Grow, Sometimes Wreaking Havoc
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by Johnny
3w ago
a triptych by Toyokuni Utagawa depicting an excursion to gather bamboo shoots (early 1800s) According to Japan’s ancient calendar of 72 microseasons, right now is microseason 21: the time of year when “Bamboo Shoots Sprout.” Known as takenoko in Japan, these voracious plants have numerous uses in Japan, both as building materials but also edible vegetables. […] Related posts: 20,000 Bamboo Lanterns Illuminate the Chikuraku Festival Reusable Bamboo Tableware That Looks Like Disposable Paper Rebirth | Bamboo furniture by Naoki Hirakoso ..read more
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The 2024 Toyama Kei-Truck Gardening Contest
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by Johnny
3w ago
The 2024 Kei-Truck Gardening Contest took place over the weekend. In what is perhaps the most-Japanese contest, professional gardeners and landscapers compete to create a beautiful, seasonal, and unique landscape , all within the bed of their kei-trucks. This contest originated in 2011 after a landscapers association came up with the idea to promote a […] Related posts: The Japanese Mini Truck Garden Contest is a Whole New Genre in Landscaping Japan’s Kei-tora ‘Mini Truck’ Gardening Contest Senri-Sentei: A Garage Garden Designed by Landscape Artist Kazuyuki Ishihara ..read more
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‘Puddle’ Are a Series of Flower Vessels Inspired by Puddles of Water
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by Johnny
1M ago
Simple and common acts of nature often inspire brilliant design. Such is the case with “Puddle,” a series of flower vessels that mimic a puddle of water. Using properties of transparency and surface tension, these whimsical vessels create the illusion of a single plant growing from a puddle. Created by Japanese design duo YOY (Naoki […] Related posts: This Piece of Wall Art Doubles as a Light-Emitting Lantern A night light that turns your wall into an entrance to another world A Minimal Wall Lamp Made From a Single Sheet of Paper ..read more
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Five Unique Experiences at Harajuku’s Latest Development Harakado
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by Johnny
1M ago
Harakado, opened on April 17, 2024 at the Jingumae intersection along Omotesando Street in central Tokyo. The shiny, brand new facility was designed by architect Akihisa Hirata, whose interest in tangled, organic structures, is on full display in his rendering of the facade and outdoor spaces. The reflective surfaces are a nice complement to its sister […] Related posts: An archive of architectural magazines | Yoshioka Library by Akihisa Hirata Go Visit the New Ota Art Museum & Library Now Open: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku by Hiroshi Nakamura ..read more
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Japan Quietly Shines at Milan Design Week
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by Johnny
1M ago
Milan Design Week—Coachella, but for furniture—is running this week from April 16-21. All the biggest names and brands in the design world descend upon the Italian city, which sees its population swell by nearly 25%. Now in its 62nd iteration, the design extravaganza is an opportunity for the aesthetically ambitious to showcase their latest ideas […] Related posts: Canon at Milan Design Week 2010 | NEOREAL Seasons by Nao Tamura wins the Salone Satellite Award Waiting | fruit stands by Masakazu Hori ..read more
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Death Fes in Shibuya Asks Visitor to Embrace Their End
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by Johnny
2M ago
images courtesy Death Fes April 14th is the unofficial “day of good death” in Japan. The date 4-1-4 can be pronounced yo-i-shi, or good death, making today the perfect day to kick-off the Death Fes, an event aimed at encouraging people to think and talk about their inevitable end. Over 1.5 million people died last […] Related posts: Remembering Loved Ones With Incense Shaped After Their Favorite Hobby In Residential Tokyo, A Locker-Style Cemetery ..read more
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Oyane-san Blending Tradition with Modern Technology In Shikokumura
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by Kushal Jain
2M ago
Welcome to Oyane-san, affectionately known as "Honorable Roof," standing proudly at the foot of Mount Yashima on Shikoku Island. Related posts: Buddhist Monks are Getting All the Love Now Open: The New Oita Prefectural Art Museum Designed by Shigeru Ban SANAA’s New Sublime River Building at Grace Farms in Connecticut ..read more
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Kenji Yanobe’s BIG CAT BANG is Now on Display at Ginza Six
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by Johnny
2M ago
Space cats in astronaut suits, ultraman figurines reenacting the beginning of the universe, and a tribute to Taro Okamoto’s iconic Statue of the Sun sculpture. There’s a lot to love about artist Kenji Yanobe’s new installation, BIG CAT BANG, and it’s now on view to the public inside the Ginza Six shopping complex. Ever since […] Related posts: Gigantic Sculptures of Cats Wearing Helmets by Kenji Yanobe Cats Tattooing Other Cats by Kazuaki Horitomo Illustrated Watercolor Portraits of Bespectacled Cats by Noryco ..read more
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