Nara’s Famous Deer Wander Streets, Station In Search Of Food After Coronavirus Tourism Drop


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Nara, Japan boasts the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue and the UNESCO World Heritage Site it is enshrined at, Todaiji Temple, but tourists may be equally enamored by the famous free-roaming deer that reside in the nearby Nara Park. At least 1,500 deer roam around the park, and have become the symbolic animal of the surrounding area (sometimes even regarded as messengers of Shinto deities). Continue reading »

Japanese Artist Turns Ordinary Things Into Epic Action Figures

Tomohiro Yasui is an artist known for his papercraft Kami-Robo robots which he has been making for the past 35 years, but also for his analog and digital illustrations and designs, professional wrestling masks, kigurumi costumes, and original crafts made of paper, felt, resin and all manner of materials and recycled parts. Continue reading »

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Nearby Train Crossing Gives Aichi’s Daibutsu The Title Of Most Stylish Great Buddha In Japan

Built in 1954, the 18m tall Great Buddha statue in Konan, Aichi prefecture is already a well sought out attraction for those visiting the area. As an added bonus, the impressive statue is even more of a sight to behold in the spring, when it is surrounded by a sea of cherry blossom trees. Continue reading »

Japanese Photographer Shows The Otherworldly Beauty Of Nara Prefecture In Serendipitous Scene

Nori Yuasa is a photographer based in Hyogo, but this shot was taken in Nara prefecture, the famous home of roaming deer. This photo shows the stunning natural beauty of the area.

In his caption he describes the lucky coincidences that led to this perfect shot. Firstly that no one else was around, secondly that thick fog and strong winds created an eerie atmosphere. For just a moment the fog cleared in the centre directly above the pathway, revealing the cosmos behind it, and the photographer quickly took his chance. Continue reading »

Japanese Student Makes A Bouncy Line Of Rubber Band Clothing

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Japanese Amphibious Gill Garment Aims To Let Humans Breathe Underwater

By 2100, a temperature rise of 3.2℃ is predicted to happen, causing a sea level rise affecting between 0.5 – 3 billion people and submerging the megacities situated in the coastal areas. Continue reading »

Star Wars Japanese Ink Warrior Paintings Give Darth Vader And Stormtroopers Samurai Portraits

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Ocean Tea Bags Are Sea Life-Shaped Sachets That Come Alive In Your Cup

Japanese brand Ocean Tea Bag (previously) has tried a new approach to packaging its tealeaves with a series of animal-shaped sachets. The collection features sea creatures including giant squids, sea turtles, and an anglerfish, as well as other mammals like a panda, squirrel and a fox. Continue reading »

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Japanese Photographer Perfectly Captures His Grandmother’s Playful Nature In Touching Portraits

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No One Knows Who Took These Superb Hand-Colored Albumen Prints Of Japan In The 1890s

In the 1850s Japan permitted Western barbarians to trade in its ports for the first time in an age. The weird foreigners were corralled in zones of tolerance, unable to roam freely and kept apart from the Japanese. Continue reading »

Japan Now Sells “Shiba Inu Stuck In Wall” Toys

Back in 2016, a trio of shiba inu dogs in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu adorably peeking out from holes in a wall went viral, attracting a steady flow of visitors to the quiet neighborhood eager to see the scene for themselves. Continue reading »