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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Food Hub "Nest We Grow" Built Under The Supervision Of Kengo Kuma Unites The Community www.forbes.com

A food hub that’s part garden, part kitchen, Nest We Grow’s primary purpose is to bring the community together to store, prepare and enjoy local foods in a welcoming and festive atmosphere that tou...

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Justin Bieber and Piko Taro team up to sell student mobile phone discounts www.japantrends.com

The ad featuring the two is actually part of a wider SoftBank marketing campaign for student discount plans. The other main commercial is this minute-long video in which all kinds of craziness happ...

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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 | 4 months, 3 weeks 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 | 4 months, 3 weeks ago | 2 comments

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