Paper Trails: Rolled Newspaper Animal Sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama


Hitotsuyama’s first animal sculpture created in 2011, inspired by her encounter with a rhino in Africa

In 2007, artist Chie Hitotsuyama took an illustration job with an NGO and traveled to Africa. There she encountered a rhino that had been rescued from poachers who prey on the beautiful animal only for its tusk, which to this day, are bought and sold for high prices. “I still remember the kindness in that Rhino’s eyes,” she says, speaking about the encounter, which inspired her to begin making animal-themed artwork.

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Retro MUJI Ads Created by Graphic Designer Ikko Tanaka


MUJI’s 1st newspaper ad in 1980: “Cheap for a reason.” The ad lists all 40 products and why they are more affordable.

Kenya Hara is the current art director at minimal lifestyle retailer MUJI, and is largely credited with the brand’s current image. But before Hara there was Ikko Tanaka, who steered the company’s “no brand” philosophy from its onset in 1980 up until 2000. He passed away in 2002. Now, a new exhibition in London and Milan is celebrating his work to commemorate 25 years of MUJI in Europe.

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Six Paintings Housed in a Museum in the Netherlands Discovered to be the Work of Katushika Hokusai


The German physician Philipp Franz von Siebold spent 6 years stationed in Japan in the 1820s and is largely credited with introducing Japan to Western medicine. Siebold was also a botanist and art enthusiast and part of his collection eventually ended up in the National Museum of Ethnology in the Netherlands. However, the artist behind six paintings, created in Western styles, remained unknown. Until a group of researchers took a closer look at records kept by Siebold’s descendants.

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360°Book: Earth and the Moon


The palm-sized 360-degree book tells a story in a very traditional way. But it also opens up like a fan, creating an entirely 3-dimensional world. Each page is a finely crafted work of art that draws the viewer in from scene to scene.

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An Intricate Salt Sculpture Inside a Traditional Japanese Home


Motoi Yamamoto refers to himself as a “Salt Installation Artist.” Working with a tool that resembles a baster loaded with salt, he “paints” intricate, three-dimensional labyrinths of salt. And he’s been doing so ever since his sister passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 24.

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Get Lost in Kyoto With the Photographs of Yasuhiro Ogawa


Kyoto can represent many things, depending on who you ask. For some it’s the ancient capital of Japan. For others it’s a paradise of tasty delicacies. For Yasuhiro Ogawa, Kyoto is all about color. The deep, rich and vibrant colors that fill the city. “And it changes constantly,” says the Tokyo based photographer, whose collection of photographs “Lost in Kyoto” is currently on display.

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A Spoon & Tamago Guide to Hokkaido


all photos by spoon & tamago | taken with an iphone 6

This summer team spoon & tamago ventured north to escape Tokyo’s notorious heat and humidity. We spent a week in Hokkaido, eating, seeing and chasing around some of our favorite artists, designers and architects. Hokkaido is lush, green, beautiful and large. We barely scratched the surface but we thought we would share some of our favorite spots.

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MimeticMaps: Meats that mimic maps


MimeticMaps that make meat mimic maps. It’s not just a tongue-twister. It’s an art-book created by Tomoyuki Koseko that visualizes the unexpected similarities between meats and maps. Finland becomes a sirloin steak, Taiwan becomes a fillet and Cuba becomes sliced pork chops.

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Pour While You Walk With This New Cup Noodle Bag


Back in May, Nissin, the maker of Japan’s iconic Cup Noodle, posted an image to their Facebook page of paper bag with a kettle printed on it. When carried, it created the illusion of a hand pouring hot water into instant ramen. The image was created mostly as a joke – a lighthearted gesture meant to generate a few chuckles. But it did a lot more than that.

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Yuki no Okura: A Wintry Snowscape Painted Entirely in Microsoft Excel


Okura is a village nestled deep in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. It’s the birthplace of 76-year old artist Tatsuo Horiuchi, who creates Japanese seasonal landscapes entirely in Microsoft® Excel. The software, typically reserved for financial analysis and bookkeeping, is turned into a fantastic creative tool.

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