Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside www.nytimes.com

The mountain town of Karuizawa is about an hour’s train ride northwest of Tokyo, a journey that zooms past the small, heartbreaking scenes of beauty that any traveler here knows, an endlessly repea...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year ago | 1 comment

Legendary Japanese animator Miyazaki comes out of retirement for new film www.japantimes.co.jp

Here is some great news for all of you Studio Ghibli Anime fans.

Oscar-winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement to work on a new animated feature film, a producer at Stud...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year ago | 4 comments

With New Exhibition, Hokusai Museum Points Spotlight On Ukiyo-e Collectors www.spoon-tamago.com

Since it opened in November of 2016, the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo has already recorded 100,000 visitors, proving that the enigmatic Katsushika Hokusai continues to be an object of deep fascin...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year ago | 1 comment

Travel Back in Time to a World of Traditional Japanese Fashion... and Steampunk! otakumode.com

On Apr. 1 and 2, Laforet Museum Harajuku will be hosting Japan's biggest original Steampunk festival as it celebrates its 5th anniversary! As a "steampunk + alternative history event", Steam Garden...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year ago | 0 comments

Take a whirlwind tour through the history of Japanese schoolgirl fashion www.youtube.com

Ever wondered how quickly junior high school fashion changes in Japan?

Produced by mobile phone provider NTT Docomo, this music video a whirlwind tour of teenaged girl fashion through the ages in j...

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Naked Festival www3.nhk.or.jp

Well, almost. And it's all men :-p

Crowds of men wearing nothing but loincloths joined a nighttime festival in western Japan, vying to catch wooden sticks said to bring good luck.

The annual "Naked...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 year ago | 0 comments

Tokyo home by Fujiilab comprises cluster of protruding white boxes www.dezeen.com

The staggered stack of boxes that form this family home in central Tokyo contain a set of spiralling, interconnected rooms.

The house was designed for Daisuke Ibano, a member of the team at local a...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year ago | 0 comments

Pentel opens All-You-Can-Draw Rakugaki Café in Ginza otakumode.com

When was the last time you let loose and just drew out whatever was in your mind? Sometimes, we all need a little freedom to engage in the pure joy of expression, whether it’s a quick sketch or sim...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 1 month ago | 2 comments

Oyane Pottery Shop in Nagasaki Made from Ceramics and Kiln Shelving www.spoon-tamago.com

Last year Saikai Toki, and Nagasaki-based ceramics company that specializes in hasami ware, decided to renovate their main shop and showroom. And in doing so, they’ve turned the entire structure in...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 1 month ago | 1 comment

Love Forever: The Genius of Kusama Yayoi www.nippon.com

With major exhibitions opening in Japan and North America this year, 87-year-old Kusama Yayoi, known for her “obsessive” repetition of polka dots and reticulated patterns, is one of the most widely...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 1 month ago | 1 comment


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