Hiroshima’s Mr. Kure mascot www.japantrends.com

Making his debut this month, Mr. Kure, or Kure-shi as he’s known in Japan, is the new mascot of Hiroshima Prefecture’s Kure City. And despite looking like an inspired, mom-made Halloween costume, M...

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A guide to the Sapporo snow festival2017 blog.gaijinpot.com

The Snow Festival, which is being held in Sapporo’s Oodori Park through February 12, 2017, features 116 different snow sculptures of all different sizes. One of the highlights is a recreation of Na...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 1 week ago | 3 comments


Japanese Buildings that are Shaped Like the Things They Sell www.spoon-tamago.com

The other day we stumbled upon a building in Osaka that was shaped like a dachshund. As it turns out, it was a warehouse and distribution center for the Japanese pet food company DoggyMan, which ma...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments


Kengo Kuma to design luxury hotel in Ginza www.japantrends.com

Further cementing his place as the top star in Japanese architecture today, Kengo Kuma will next design a luxury hotel in Ginza set to open in early 2020.

In addition to designing the new Yamanote ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 1 week ago | 1 comment


Realistic Glass Insects Sculpted to Scale by Yuki Tsunoda www.spoon-tamago.com

Think twice before you swat that mosquito. It just might be a delicate glass sculpture, at least if you’re in the presence of Yuki Tsunoda, a young sculptor who shapes glass into insects and plants...

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Realistic Glass Insects Sculpted to Scale by Yuki Tsunoda www.spoon-tamago.com

Think twice before you swat that mosquito. It just might be a delicate glass sculpture, at least if you’re in the presence of Yuki Tsunoda, a young sculptor who shapes glass into insects and plants...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments


Architect Kengo Kuma's Authentic Village Beautifies Portland Japanese Gardens www.forbes.com

Famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, designer of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ National Stadium, offers some relief as creator of the Portland Japanese Garden’s new 3.4-acre Cultural Village, set to ope...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


Japan artist says latest sticker graffiti aimed at Trump www.reuters.com

Japanese graffiti artist "281 Antinuke" says his latest street art - politically-charged stickers plastered around central Tokyo - takes aim at U.S. President Donald Trump.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


Japan’s underground Chicano culture www.dazeddigital.com

Japan has always been famous for its fashion subcultures. Walk about Tokyo on the weekend and you'll see the usual mash-up of lolita, rockabilly and cosplay enthusiasts. But look that little bit ha...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments


Beautiful Tokyo Photographs by Matthew Pillsbury matthewpillsbury.com

“For over a decade, Pillsbury has made long exposure photographs using only available light. Across several series and in many cities, he has focused on the passage of time and people within spaces...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments

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