Ultimate Infill: A Skinny Building Amidst The Ginza Alley In Japan

Amidst one of Ginza’s many backstreets lies an L-shaped plot of land. This plot of land, which remained vacant for 3 years and hidden by the shadows of the tall buildings surrounding it, is only 2.7 meters wide (around 9 feet). Eventually, a developer stepped in. Continue reading »

Urban Explorer Visits Abandoned Japanese Love Motel Of Naughty Attractions

Dutch explorer Bob Thissen has explored hundreds of abandoned places all over the world, including many love motels. In July 2019, Bob found what he claims is the biggest and most high-end love motel he has ever seen, on Honshu island, Japan. Continue reading »

“Lost In Translation”: Cinematic Street Photos Of Tokyo By Yusuke Kubota

Creative street shots by Yusuke Kubota, a gifted self-taught photographer, retoucher, and urban explorer based in Tokyo, Japan. Yusuke focuses mainly on urban and street photography. He explores the vivid street of Japan to capture striking urban landscapes. Continue reading »

This Realistic Lettuce Notepad Is Great For Jotting Down Fresh Ideas

Are you still writing notes and reminders on square note pads? Do you love fresh lettuce? If you’re in the middle of that Venn diagram, then you may want to add this cool product to your grocery list. Continue reading »

This Bizarre Japanese Temple Looks Like A Fallen Intergalactic Starship

Rising out of central Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Tower or the Emperor’s Palace, this bizarre, black, pyramidal structure is a temple of the “Inner Trip Reiyukai.” Continue reading »

Funny Illustrations About Sloths And Their Daily Life Struggles By Japanese Artist Keigo

Sloths are fantastic animals, and we just can’t get enough. Some of us can definitely agree with this statement 100%. However, there’s hardly anyone who loves sloths more than Japanese artist Keigo. Continue reading »

Japan Turns Competitive Pillow Fighting Into An Art Form

Welcome to the sport of competitive pillow fighting, known in Japanese as 枕投げ makura-nage

Since 2013, the All-Japan Pillow Fighting Championships have been held here. Competitive makura-nage was inspired by the kind of pillow fights Japanese children on extended school trips often have when teachers aren’t looking in the large tatami-matted communal rooms of the Japanese inn where they spend the night. Continue reading »

Dead Inside: Fukushima Exclusion Zone Through The Eyes Of Polish Female Photographer

Natalia Sobańska (previously) is a photographer from Poland who traveled to Japan to photograph a deadly Fukushima exclusion zone. Continue reading »

Architect Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue In Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

In the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, architect Tadao Ando designed a spectacular temple, which opened in December 2015. An essay by Tadao Ando for the Italian DOMUS Magazine discusses his work in Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Continue reading »

Japanese Artist Paints Adorable Watercolours Of Pet Hamster Doing Human Things

Great artists throughout the ages had their muses, but perhaps none as cute as the usual subject of this Japanese artist’s works. GOTTE is an art university graduate who is making great use of their skills to create adorable depictions of their pet hamster called Sukeroku. Continue reading »

Upgrade Plain Cosplay Wear With Collars, Cuffs, Headbands & Wigs Proposed By Sakura Nanase

If you enjoy cosplaying and cosplay photo shoots, have you ever had the feeling that something was missing from your look? Have you ever thought: “If only I could add something extra to make it all come together?” If you have, then you may be interested in a cosplay accessory collection called #コスプレをする時によく見るアレ kosupure wo suru toki ni yoku miru are, which translates to “Those things you often see in cosplay.” Continue reading »

Magical Fine Art Portrait Photography By Shinji Watanabe

Shinji Watanabe is a talented self-taught photographer, animator and art director from Meguro who currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Shinji focuses on portraiture, he shoots a lot of conceptual, fine art and commercial photography. Watanabe uses Nikon D800 and Hasselblad H3D II-39 cameras. Continue reading »

“Distorted Japan”: Buddhism And Computer Games Collide In Kenta Cobayashi’s Digitally Manipulated Photography

Buddhism; 90s computer games; Japanese tradition; and photographic theory. These four disparate topics are some of the fundamental concepts that underpin Kenta Cobayashi’s philosophical creative practice. The Tokyo-based artist uses photography and film to examine the meaning of truth – a lofty statement, but one that’s quickly borne out by his thought-provoking creations. However, to fully understand Kenta’s images, you have to first look at the Japanese language and how the artist exploits its nuances and ambiguities to question notions of veracity. Continue reading »

Japanese Papercraft Artist Turns Snack And Sweet Packaging Into Awesome Characters

Japanese university student and papercraft artist @02ESyRaez4VhR2l (Haruki) loves Japanese snacks and sweets just as much as the rest of us, but he appears to be a bit more interested in the packaging they come in. That’s because Haruki, who’s been featured on national television for his outstanding artwork, has a talent for turning that packaging into awesome characters and even scenery. Continue reading »

Japanese Body Paint Artist Hikaru Cho Shows Off Surreal Animal-Human Creations

Cho was born March 29, 1993 and currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. In 2016, she graduated from the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University. She has garnered domestic and international attention for her unique art where she applies real paint to bodies and objects. Continue reading »