‘KAWS:HOLIDAY’ Lands in Japan at the Foot of Mount Fuji

photo by NKCHU

The Kaws:Holiday moving art installation began in Taipei back in May. Since then, his iconic 40-metre-long Companion sculpture has toured Seoul and Hong Kong and has now landed in Japan, at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

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Handmade Imari Porcelain Jewelry

HiN is a new Japanese jewelry brand created by designer Haruka Okabe. HiN (品 in Japanese ), which means dignity, works with purveyors of traditional craft work to create contemporary designs. Their first collaboration is with Hatamantoen, a pottery studio in Saga Prefecture that specializes in Imari porcelain.

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Hiiro: A Modern Bizen-Yaki Water Carafe

Hiiro is a modern, ceramic water carafe made from traditional bizen-yaki. It’s the result of a joint-effort between product designer Shizuka Tatsuno and Daikura, a pottery studio specializing in bizen-yaki.

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Music Monday: Furutori

Furutori (written in Japanese as 奮酉) are a two-piece band made up of Maki Takada on guitar and Aisha Kawanishi on drums. The two met in high school and have been making music together for the past 7 years.

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Neko Cup Creates Adorable Napping Cat Sand Sculptures

If you’re walking along the beach this summer and you see a group of napping cat sand sculptures, there’s a good chance it’s the work of a Neko Cup.

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Water Surface Earrings are the Perfect Summer Accessory

Nothing says summer quite like the glimmering surface of a nice cool body of water. Whether you’re a pool person, an ocean person or both, Japanese design studio HAQCI (pronounced ha-ku-shi) has the perfect accessory: earrings that mimic the surface of water.

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The Picturesque Tadami Line that Runs Between Fukushima and Niigata

photos by Kan Emori courtesy Sankei News

The Tadami Line is a local railway in Japan that connects Aizu-Wakamatsu Station (Fukushima) with Koide Station (Uonuma, Niigata). Originally opening in the late 1920s, the line was gradually extended over time and now stretches a distance of 135 km (83 mi).

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3700 Candles Create a Tanabata “Milky Way” in Front of Tokyo Tower

all photos by Noriake Sato courtesy Sankei News

This weekend is Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”), a Japanese festival celebrating the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. To celebrate, 3700 candles have been placed in front of Tokyo’s Zojoji Temple, curving their way to Tokyo Tower and creating an illusion of twinkling stars reaching up to the sky.

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Naomi Watanabe and Shu Uemura Collaborate on 2nd Line of Cosmetics

Comedian and plus-size model Naomi Watanabe is huge in Japan. With 8.8 million Instagram followers, she’s a distant first. And she’s used her unconventional size to further the cause of body positivity, especially for women in Japan, more than anyone in recent memory. And now she’s back with her partner-in-crime, the art director Yuni Yoshida, for another groundbreaking advertisement for Shu Uemura.

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Kur Park Nagayu: A New Hot Spring Destination in Oita

Kur Park Nagayu: a new hot spring park designed by Shigeru Ban

Oita in Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, is often hailed as the “onsen prefecture” of the country. Its mountainous terrain and underground discharges makes it home to many mineral-rich, natural hot springs. Just last month, a new hot spring park called Kur Park Nagayu opened. With hot springs, lodging and a restaurant, they combine soaking eating and sleeping (our three favorite activities) all in one.

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