A Display of 8000 Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind. Japan doesn’t have a culture of tipping but Tatsumi imagined that this was a discreet , subconscious method of showing appreciation. He began paying attention and sure enough noticed that other customers were doing the same thing. Tatsumi began collecting these “tips” which eventually led to his art project: Japanese Tip.

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Shiba-inu Geoglyph Made Entirely From Natural Materials

photo by jiji press, taken from ferris wheel

With just about 2 weeks before Japan welcomes in 2019, the new year of the dog, Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture has unveiled an enormous geoglyph of a Shiba-inu and 2 pups. The large sculpture measures 23 x 27 meters (75 x 89 ft) and is made from natural elements found in the park like kochia plants, tree branches and pine cones.

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Colored Pencils Modeled After Traditional Japanese Flowers

Japan has a rich appreciation for flowers like sakura (cherry blossoms) and kiku (chrysanthemums), which are practically national symbols. Deeply ingrained in the culture as part of the country’s appreciation for the 4 seasons, Japan even has a language of flowers (花言葉) that associates different emotions with plants. Now, a Japanese designer has adopted 5 of the most symbolic flowers and turned them into a set of colored pencils, recreating each color but also the shape of the flower.

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Dense Tokyo as Seen Through the Lens of Tatsuto

all photos by Tatsuto | used with permission

It’s well-documented that Tokyo is amongst the world’s most densely-populated cities. And you don’t have to look to far for visual confirmation of this: simply board a train headed for central Tokyo during rush hour, or walk around Shibuya almost any day of the week. But the discerning photographer Tatsuto captures Tokyo’s density in a different way: through spectacularly chaotic and overstimulating photos of objects that make up this vibrant city.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Mascot Candidates Unveiled

The many decision-making processes for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been a bumpy ride, to say the least. Plagiarism allegations forced the committee to scrap their original logo and seek a new one. Then, when the new Tokyo Stadium proposal by the late Zaha Hadid was unveiled it was met with heavy criticisms over budget and site-specific appropriateness, which eventually forced the committee to start from scratch again. Now, with less than 1000 days to go, things seems to be back on track. Earlier this week 3 candidates were announced as potential mascots.

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Winners of the 2017 Kansai Photojournalism Awards

The 2017 Kansai Photojournalism Awards were announced last week. Exceptional photojournalism and videography from this year was recognized in various categories like News and Sports. The Kansai Photojournalism Association, which is made up of 76 news organizations with offices in the Kansai region, presented the most coveted Association Award to 2 photographers at Sankei News for their coverage of fireworks festivals over the summer.

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Torietsu: Yakitori and Japanese Whisky Come Together in this Tokyo Eatery

I’ve been on a Yakitori kick these days. Sure it’s just chicken, but it’s also so much more! There’s nothing quite like sitting at the counter, watching the chef roast your skewer over hot coals as he fans the flames and smoke rises from the cinders. Omoide Yokocho, which also has the less-appetizing name Piss Alley, can be fun, but it’s swarming with tourists. If you’re looking for something a little more exclusive and intimate, head to Meguro where, nestled away on a side street is Torietsu.

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Japanese Home Designed Around a Climbable Bookshelf

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are lovely, and can act as a robust focal point in any home. But accessing the high shelves can be a problem. The common side-kick has always been ladders, which can also add character and charm. But for smaller homes like in Japan they can be a nuisance, occupying too much space for not enough usage. But Japanese architect Shinsuke Fujii came up with a simple, yet brilliant solution that solves another problem too: earthquake safety.

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Tokyo ‘Rescue Bus’ Will Pick Up Drunk Passengers Who Fell Asleep and Missed Their Train Stop

the nesugoshi kyusai bus (literally, overslept rescue bus)

It’s happened to the best of us: you have one too many drinks, catch the last train, fall asleep and wake up at the final stop. Well Tokyo must be one of the most thoughtful and caring cities because during the month of December, the Nishi Tokyo Bus Company will operate a nesugoshi kyusai bus (overslept rescue bus) that will meet passengers at the final stop and carry them back.

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Continuously Changing ‘Alive Paintings’ by Akiko Nakayama

“Why is a painting dry? Why isn’t a painting alive?” It was that simple question that inspired Akiko Nakayama to create “Alive Paintings” that captures the vibrant movement, fluidity, energy and ephemerality of life by depicting the flow of paint and water.

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