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Music Monday: Red Bull Music Festival Tokyo

We usually introduce you to a new artist on Music Monday. But today we’d like to highlight the upcoming Red Bull Music Festival taking place in Tokyo next month because it’s the perfect intersection of music and graphic design. We’ve been seeing some of the posters around Tokyo and they’re simply stunning. Their bold use of colors and typography makes them hard to miss.

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Makoto Azuma Plunges Bonsai into the Depths of the Sea

For the past several years, Japanese botanical artist Makoto Azuma has been experimenting with flowers in a way that delicately balances the natural and unnatural. For his ongoing series “Bloom” he’s launched bouquets of flowers into space and floated them in the middle of the sea. But the artist, whose work often deals with the ephemeral nature of his subject matter, has frozen flowers in blocks of ice and placed them at the center of decommissioned power plants. His latest endeavor was to plunge bouquets and a bonsai into the least explored part of this planet: the bottom of the sea.

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Kanban: The Exquisite Art of Historic Japanese Store Signs

Before department stores and convenient stores became one-stop shopping destinations, a highly fragmented industry of local, family run shops thrived throughout Japan. And to advertise their business, merchants would frequently spend significant sums of money on kanban: signs that would be displayed prominently outside the shop that would convey prestige and reliability to customers.

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Historical Photos of Japan Brought to Life Using Artificial Intelligence Colorization

For all their charm and nostalgia, black and white photos do create a certain disconnect between the past and present. Looking at them, it’s easy to forget that we’re connected to that time by what is merely a blink of an eye in the grand scale of history. And so it’s worth colorizing old black and white photos if only for the contemporaneity, with which we use to learn from history.

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The Radical Pop Kimonos of Akira Times

With a mohawk and thick black beard, Akira doesn’t immediately come off as a proponent of the Kimono – the traditional Japanese garment worn for over a 1000 years. Then again, the 37-year old stylist isn’t exactly a purist either. Entirely self-taught, Akira blends elements of photography, graphic design, kitsuke, styling and make-up to create radical, neo-pop imagery, which he’s been posting online since 2008.

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Upcycled One-of-a-Kind Garments Featuring Studio Ghibli Characters

Now you can dress your kids in adorable garments featuring their favorite Studio Ghibli characters, and also be environmentally conscious while doing so, thanks to Anofuku (meaning, “that garment”), a new Japanese brand of kids clothes. Anofuku takes vintage and dead stock clothing and adds hand-embroidery to them, transforming them into a one-of-a-kind pieces. And for their first line they’ve collaborated with Studio Ghibli.

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World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Arrives in Tokyo

In 2013, renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor teamed up to create the world’s first inflatable concert hall. Dubbed Arc Nova, the mobile venue toured the earthquake and tsuami-ravaged areas of Tohoku, delivering hope and encouragement in the form of music. Resembling, from the outside, a gigantic purple balloon, the concert hall has now landed in central Tokyo, where it will host film and musical events through October 4, 2017.

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An Immersive Installation that Celebrates the Life of NASA’s Cassini Satellite

abstract visuals, crated by Japanese visual design studio WOW, are based on the satellite’s achievements

For 13 years the Cassini satellite has explored Saturn and its moons. On Friday, September 15, 2017, it will become a streak of ash when it completes its Grand Finale: a self-disintegrating final mission to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere at 77,200 mph and end its own life. To celebrate the life and death of one of Nasa’s most successful satellite programs, Japanese visual design studio WOW has created in immersive installation in that is opening in New York City on September 15th, the same day that Cassini’s mission comes to an end.

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A Gorgeous Wooden Cabin in the Mountains of Japan

Every now and then we come across a work of architecture that makes us desperately want to uproot our city dwellings and relocate into the mountains. This stunning glass and wood cabin, recently completed in mountainous Japan, is one of those times.

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Illuminating Lamps Made From Real Bread by Yukiko Morita

Japanese artist Yukiko Morita always loved bread. Not only was it delicious but there was something about that special combination of flour and yeast that produced wonderful flavors, beautiful tones, and adorable shapes that make people feel warm inside. This profound passion for pan (Japanese for bread and was borrowed from Portuguese) eventually led Morita down a unique path that combined lighting design and baking.

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