In a recent series titled Cause and Effect, Brooklyn-based artist Meguru Yamaguchi used his signature style of streaked paint to create a series of artworks that include canvases, as well as iPhone 6 cases.
You’ll want to run through this new terminal, even if you’re not late for your plane.
Yesterday Tokyo’s Narita Airport opened Terminal 3, a brand new terminal exclusively designed to service low-cost carriers. Much in the same way that UNIQLO has made low-cost fashion new and exciting, the project, an undertaking by 3 different companies over a 3-year period, was to create low-cost terminal without making it dull and boring. The answer? Running tracks used for track and field.
Under a microscope, even the most common objects can look like terrifyingly new worlds. But in artist Tomoya Matsuura’s new series titled Withered Plants, he focuses his microscopic lens on dying, decaying plants. The subjects are often individual parts of flowers – petals, filaments, anthers and stigma – that in real life measure between 1 mm and 5 millimeters. That’s around the size of the tip of a pencil.
Last week Genki Sudo and his dance troupe WORLD ORDER were invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the start of Japanese baseball. Sudo is a mixed-martial-artist-turned Buddhist-internet-dancing-sensation that has wowed the world with choreographed robotic moves. For the opening pitch, Sudo decided to borrow a page, or scripture, if you will, from his religious practice and reenact the Senju Kannon, or thousand-armed Buddha.
Japan’s cherry blossoms usually get all the attention for their short-lived beauty. But equally ephemeral are Japan’s Nemophila, or Baby Blue Eyes. And once a year, around late April to Early May, an astounding sea of 4.5 million of these little flowers cover the land for a little over a week. If you missed the cherry blossoms you can still catch these. And don’t worry–these photos are from last year.
Japanese business men, with their dull suits and carefully orchestrated combovers (also known as barcode hair styles) have been the butt of jokes, both in media and in colloquial chit-chat, for as long as I can remember. Younger generations call them ossan, or boring old man, and ridicule their obedience and lack of independence.
It’s an odd thought. Pencil sharpeners make pencils shorter, bringing them one step closer to their inevitable last day. But this pencil sharpener actually creates a never-ending pencil.
When department stores and upscale boutiques order high quality wooden hangers to display their clothes, there are inevitably some that don’t make the cut. A careful inspection process removes hangars with imperfections and are rerouted to rubbish, or to be recycled into something else. But a new initiative wants to save those hangars and, be collaborating with Japanese artists, turn them into works of art.
Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based artist who creates mesmerizing abstract “paintings” through the art of pyrography. Specifically, Ichikawa removes fiery, molten glass from a kiln as it glows at 2100° F, and then manipulates it over thick paper, leaving scorch marks and burns. The process is something akin to photography, in which light is recorded on film, capturing and eternalizing the immediacy of a moment.
After analyzing 2 years worth of data pertaining to drunken people falling onto train tracks, a group of data scientists at the West Japan Railway Company have come to a startling conclusion. Ninety percent of falls are the result of people, in a drunken stupor, getting up from a bench they were sitting on and walking straight off the platform.