Sumida Aquarium in east Tokyo will host a special exhibition produced by the artist Asami Kiyokawa using the fairy tales of beloved writer and poet Kenji Miyazawa. Kiyokawa, who is known for her ...
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When gravure idol (glamor model) Miyako Akane kickstarted a new body painting cosplay subculture back in June, certain sections of the web went nuts. While this is hardly a genuine trend -- a handful ...
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Four years ago, the hot spring resort of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, was transformed into an art bonanza, with artists allowed to customized and redesign rooms in hotels in Dogo. Given the pedigree ...
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Everyone knows that Japan has a lot of dolls: from luxury silicone sex dolls to Licca-chan and Hinamatsuri Festival dolls. Kigurumi is a kind of cosplay or costume play where participants dress up ...
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Japanese horror movie-inspired beauty masks
The writer Manami Okazaki has carved out a solid name for herself in what are sometimes dismissively called "coffee-table books", but are at heart lovingly conceived and designed photo books or art ...
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The weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun has published allegations that the entertainer Rola is stuck in a 10-year "slave-like" contract with her agency. Though she is apparently suffering mentally and ...
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Given the ubiquitousness of AKB48 and its various members on advertising campaigns, music releases and television screens, you wouldn't think that Yasushi Akimoto needs a tax break. But that's what ...
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The countdown to the 2020 Olympics continues in earnest: there is now just three years until the opening of the Summer Games. While the main stadium in central Tokyo is still far from completion, ...
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The world's first VR footwear and gloves with haptic feedback to enable users to feel the virtual world!
Inspect a Tokyo railway map and the vibrant green loop line at the heart of the metropolis will immediately jump out at you. It's called the Yamanote Line, and it's one of Tokyo's most vital ...
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A new museum will open in Meiji Shrine (or Meiji Jingu), the central Tokyo shrine linked to the Imperial Family that is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Designed by Kengo ...
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Somenova, a do-it-yourself dyeing workspace opening this month in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district, is as much a response to today's booming DIY movement as it is a reclamation of Japan's crafts ...
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If you thought Piko Taro was silly enough when he made his viral hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, you were probably surprised when he started appearing in mainstream TV commercials. You were probably ...
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You don't often hear the words stuffed animal and artist together, but that's what Meriyasu Kataoka is, a stuffed animal artist, and she has quite a following in Japan. Her following is so ...
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Between the dolls, robots and maids, there are plenty of substitutes for real-life dating partners in Japan. A notable few of them, however, will (or can) speak with you, and fewer yet will serenade ...
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And then there were five. Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has selected five finalists for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics license plate design contest. Now the ...
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