Lexus Unveils the UX Art Car 2021 “Zen Garden” by Clap Studio Valencia

An interpretation of a classical Japanese meditation garden is the winner of the second UX Art Car design competition. “Zen Garden,” by Valencia’s Clap Studio, sees the entire bodywork of Lexus’ premium compact crossover covered in a pattern of thousands of paper petals. Continue reading »

Baikal Zen: Rare Phenomenon Makes Rocks Look Like They Are Floating Above Water


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Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and its particular relationship to the land that surrounds it produces fascinating natural phenomenon—frozen waves of ice, ice caves dripping with long fingers of icicles, frozen methane bubbles, and something called “Baikal Zen,” which is the balancing of rocks on thin pedestals of ice. Continue reading »

Inflate Your Cat’s Holy Ego With This Buddhist Statue Scratching Post From Japan

The “Cat Club” (Neko-bu) division of Japanese online retailer Felissimo has put out some creative feline bedding situations in the past. Today, you can add holy kitty claw maintenance to their list of cute cat products, as they’ve just released a scratching post that turns your cat into a feline Buddhist statue! Continue reading »

This Smart Bonsai Follows You Around, Quotes Goethe, In TDK’s Vision Of The Future

Bonsai. The ancient Japanese art of producing miniature trees in small containers. Contemplative and philosophical (the art was associated with Zen Buddhism in its early history following the influence of its Chinese antecedent, penzai), bonsai seems to embody the qualities often associated with “old” Japan: aesthetic refinement, harmony with nature, unchanging traditions. Continue reading »