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All of Japan’s 47 Prefectures Captured In Expressive Typography

all images courtesy the artist

How well do you know your Japanese prefectures? A Japanese art student has created a fun and beautiful guide to all 47 of them, using expressive typography to render the kanji characters of each so that they visualize the one thing that prefecture is known for. To get you started, the top left is Tottori (鳥取) known for its sand dunes. The bottom left is Ehime (愛媛) known for its mandarin oranges. How many do you know?

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Fashion Designer Ryohei Kawanishi’s Line of ‘Air Garments’ Upcycled From Automobile Airbags

Japanese fashion designer Ryohei Kawanishi’s works have always reflected socio-political issues. His latest initiative is no different. Turning his creative eye to scrapped automobiles, the New York-based designer has created a line called “Air Garments” that upcycles used airbags into jackets, pants, hats and other items.

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Take Your Tea Ceremony Into the Wilderness With This Outdoor Nodate Tea Set

Outdoor tea ceremonies known as nodate (野点) began in the 16 century when Japanese samurai on hunting and war expeditions drank tea with their lunch. Akin to a picnic, the tradition continues to this day but preparing one was a complicated affair. Now, thanks to this nodate tea set, setting up a tea ceremony on your next camping trip has never been easier.

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Artist Has Spent Last Two Years Drawing Animals to Fulfill Twitter Promise. Has Another 16 Years to Go.

Be careful of the promises you make on social media. Two years ago, a Japanese artist who goes by the name Harenatsu posted a photo to her Twitter account introducing her series “small animals playing in the notebook lines.” She went on to explain that for every retweet, one animal would appear. It was retweeted 22,000 times.

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Now is the Only Time You Can Visit this Pop-Up Igloo Restaurant in Nagano

Looking for a unique dining experience in Japan in the age of covid? From late January through late February, a section of Iiyama (Nagano prefecture) is transformed into a magical igloo restaurant where a local hot pot specialty called noroshi-nabe is served. Situated in the northernmost part of Nagano Prefecture, Iiyama is merely an hour and a half away from Tokyo via the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

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Camakuruma: The Igloo-Inspired Camping Car

I’ve never really seen the appeal of RVs or camping cars but this Camakuruma is making me take a second look. A combination of the Japanese words kamakura (igloo) and kuruma (car) the new concept car was developed jointly by a number of companies including Toyota and Hoshino Resorts, who want to allow skiers to rent the vehicles and park them right by the slopes to allow easier access than ever.

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Everyday Products Push Above Their Weight with Adorable Sumo Illustrations

Sumo is not just about contact wrestling. It’s about velocity; it’s about strategy; it’s about rituals. And it’s these multifaceted elements that keep audiences hooked. One of those is illustrator Satoko Fuke, who recently teamed up with lifestyle brand Felissimo to create a series of whimsical sumo-inspired products like salt shakers and glasses that are not only filled with salt and water but with humor too.

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Hiraku Suzuki’s Constellations Configured From Silver Spray Paint and Marker

“Constellation #19” (2017), installation view at Arts Maebashi | photo by Ooki Jingu

From studying the veins of dead leaves as a child to making music using environmental sounds, the Japanese contemporary artist Hiraku Suzuki has always been fascinated with the archaeological language that makes up the world around us. But rather than reconfigure the fragments around him, Suzuki chose to forge his own language as a way of re-understanding his environment. The exploration eventually lead to a series he calls “Constellation.”

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Spring Intimation: an Exhibition of Paintings by Brooklyn-based Japanese Artist Akané Ogura

this post is sponsored by Akané Ogura

Come celebrate the new year and the arrival of spring through food and art. “Spring Intimation ~ 春のほのめき~ Haru no Honomeki” is an exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn-based Japanese Artist Akané Ogura, taking place at Japanese restaurant Gen in Brooklyn through February 27th, 2022.

Who would have thought the covid pandemic would last so long? Unfortunately, many people living in New York City who have family abroad are still having difficulty reuniting with loved ones. Some cultures celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while others celebrate New Year. In Japanese culture, New Year is the biggest celebration of the year. They celebrate with the tradition of having a New Year’s meal and visiting a local shrine to pray for the health and prosperity of the year.

With the current Japanese border restrictions, 3 days quarantine at the government specified hotels and 14 days quarantine at home, long waiting time at the airport for the testing and processing after 14 hours flight, many people who had planned on traveling to see their family had to postpone their visits once again.

In this exhibition, Ogura exhibits her paintings inspired by her heritage of Japan. She took her sentiment of “Longing for Japan”, and created several new paintings. She also gathered paintings she made in the past, specifically seasonal from New Year to early springtime. She uses the traditional Sumi-e technique and Impressionistic painting method to create the unique series of seasonal plants and nature scenes of Japan and her distinctive portraits of women.

Visit the seasonal exhibition during this unique time and celebrate the new year and early spring with authentic Japanese food and saké at Gen Brooklyn (map).

Music Monday: Kaho Nakamura

If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s latest film BELLE, you may recognize our featured musician of the week as none other than the voice of the animated film’s protagonist. Thirty-year old Kaho Nakamura is a Japanese singer-songwriter based in Kyoto who was selected last year as the voice of Suzu/Belle. Having originally attended art school with ambitions to become a visual artist, Nakamura’s background is evident in her songs and music videos which are richly layered with texture, color and emotion.

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