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Japanese kawaii culture crafts

Posted by rod - 20.03.2013

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Japanese kawaii culture Crafts

HappyMaiko is a female craft artists who is inspired by Japanese kawaii culture. Kawaii stands for loveable, cute or adorable and has become a prominent part of Japanese popular culture. HappyMaiko‘s crafts are mini creations, mostly displaying japanese food on rings, bracelets and necklaces created from polymer clay. Check out the video to see how she creates one of her rings. via nationaltraveller

 

 

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Maiko

Posted by rod - 12.03.2013

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You most probably have heard about the Japanese Geisha, but have you heard about her less famous apprentice Maiko? Maiko’s are around 15 to 20 years of age and their job consists of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors. As the Geisha, Maiko’s wear the traditional Japanese Kimono dress and their hairstyle originated from the Edo period. via shootingfilm

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24 hours in Tokyo

Posted by rod - 18.02.2013

24 hours in Tokyo illustration by Patrick Hruby

What would you do if you had 24 hours in Tokyo? Qatar Inflight Magazine Oryx gives you some useful suggestions how to explore the city, and how to get the best experience out of your time in the Japanese capital. Patrick Hruby created the lovely illustration which features some of the cities iconic landmarks such as the sky tree towner, samurai helmet, sushi and the bullet train.

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BaskerJAP – Japanese Picture Font

Posted by rod - 09.01.2013

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This Japanese Picture Font “BaskerJAP” was designed by Thai design student Chun Chou R for here semi-final project. The font was inspired by iconic Japanese icons and include sumo wrestlers, koi fish, sushi, Mr. Fuji, origami, kimono, and much more.

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Japanese paper

Posted by rod - 01.01.2013

Japanese paper photography by IMAHINASYON

PHOTO BY: Estebahn De Peschruse

Japanese paper photography by IMAHINASYON

PHOTO BY: Imahinasyon

Japanese paper photography by IMAHINASYON

PHOTO BY: Moonie’s World

Japanese paper photography by IMAHINASYON

PHOTO BY: Masaaki Komori

Japanese paper photography by IMAHINASYON

PHOTO BY: Vladimir Kocian

Japanese paper photography by IMAHINASYON

PHOTO BY: Jason Pemberton

I found this great article about Japanese paper over on fotopedia the other day. The article features some incredible photos of different kinds of paper that are used and that surround Japanese people in their daily lives. One of the papers they mention is Washi. Washi is a style of paper that was first produced in Japan and is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub or the paper mulberry.

According to Wikipedia: “Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shimeaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.”

The article also mentions the different uses of paper in Japanese Culture.

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Origami animation

Posted by rod - 17.12.2012

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Students Joanne Smithies, Eric De Melo Bueno, Michael Moreno, Hugo Bailly Desmarchelier, Camille Turon were inspired by Japanese culture and the art of Origami whilst studying at the ESMA school. The team created a short Origami animation which tells a story about a boy who didn’t see the importants of Origami. via fubiz

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Vintage japanese newspaper ads

Posted by rod - 30.11.2012

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For anyone who is interested in Vintage Japanese newspaper ads, the university of Tokyo as an excellent site which showcases over 3000 ads from the year (1891 – 1945). Also worth looking at these coloured Japanese drinks and cigarette adverts from 1894 to 1954.

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Japanese design

Posted by rod - 19.11.2012

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Minimalistic Japanese design for Marusho. In 2011 japanese food producer Marusho won the Grand Prix award at the Hiroshima Art Directors Club. Personally I really like the simplicity of the type running down the label. Apart from my own opinion there is hardly any information about the design, why it won and who created it. If you have any info please comment below. Click here for more Japanese art and design.

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Tokyo illustration by Sol Linero

Posted by rod - 09.11.2012

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I love this Tokyo Illustration created by Argentinean illustrator Sol Linero. The illustration incorporates lots and lots of iconic Japanese things such as Sushi, Origami, Geisha, Cherry Blossoming, and so on. If you want to see more Japanese art and design I recommend you to head of the the Japan archive.

What do you like about the illustration and what other Japanese things could of been incorporated?

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Japanese Kanji t-shirts

Posted by rod - 19.10.2012

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Fancy a Japanese Kanji t-shirt and learn the language at the same time? If so head over to weekend.ws Each japanese kanji has its own shape and tells a immediately graphic story. Graphic Designer Damien Rossier is the created of these t-shirts which is an ongoing typographic project.

A few years ago I wrote about the Japanese food type and Learn Chinese with Mandagrams which are very similar to this project and are worth checking out.

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Kagua beer label

Posted by rod - 28.09.2012

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KAGUA’s art director is a young and energetic artist working in Japan and internationally. His main aim is to create a very simple and well-honed image, while also reflecting Japan’s gentle and meditative nature. Connecting to its guaranteed quality, KAGUA’s logo is inspired by a traditional seal, which Japanese have been using as signatures for centuries.

To showcase KAGUA in the global marketplace, he uses two traditional colors: “akane-iro” (Japanese madder, or deep red) and “gofun-iro” (Japanese ultra-light yellow).

The distinctive bottle and label design, showing simplicity and humbleness that complements any cuisine, is one of KAGUA’s most fundamental values.” via ohbeautifulbeer

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Is Japan cool?

Posted by rod - 20.09.2012

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched its latest ad campaign to UK travellers called “Is Japan cool?” The campaign launched earlier this year showcasing Tokyo’s best attractions and now Okinawa has been added. The short films highlight some awesome places and japanese cultures but also lets you voice your opinion about whats cool and whats not on their campaign website.

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Yo sushi baggage claim

Posted by rod - 08.08.2012

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What do you get when you take the Japanese Kaiten concept and place it into a baggage claim conveyor belt at a Airport? You get the perfect advertising idea for Yo Sushi. London based creative design studio WrightObara came up with the brilliant concept for the restaurant chain.

Here is Tom Buch‘s explanation of the project process:

“I wanted to explore the potential for design and adaptation of the Yo Sushi brand. Their brand is playful, scattered with quirky characters and colour. I think a strong, bold illustration style could help solidify their ideals. More colour, more imagination and more fun. 

I started the process by modelling one of their in house characters, a japanese girl. Inspired by her I started drawing, and developed this Illustration style. A bold and playful world of sushi. I then digitally painted my illustration and broke it down into planes before bringing it back into the 3D software.

At WrightObara we came up with a concept/opportunity. They have restaurants situated in airports, we saw the potential for advertising on the tracks of the baggage claim. The concept was to mimic a sushi carousel. I produced an animation and a working carousel with the dynamics engine in Cinema 4D.”

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Japanese visual identity Siraoi Suihin

Posted by rod - 19.07.2012

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There is not a lot of information about this Japanese visual identityand packaging project named Siraoi Suihin but I really like it. I especially like the Japanese typeface which is used for the logo. I guess that the company which the design is for is from the northern Japanese island Hokkaido. Japanese graphic design Terashima designed it.

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Japanese handcrafted typography poster

Posted by rod - 06.07.2012

Japanese handcrafted typography poster

I love it when designers experiment with typography. Especially when the written word or phrase has been taken out of its usual black ink on white paper environment. Japanese designer Masayuki Terashima created this awesome hand cut typographic poster for the Ikenobo Sapporo Exhibition. Masayuki is not the first person who I have featured on CreativeRoots who got physical with typography. You should definitely check out these handcrafted typographic posters and this awesome Cardboard signage system.

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Japanese woodwork

Posted by rod - 22.06.2012

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Japan is a nation that has a long lasting tradition in carpentry, using traditional Japanese methods and special Japanese tools. Designer Keiji Yoshihara is a masters at his trade that dates back several hundred years.

Yoshihara mastered the technique of kumiko. The method dates back over 800 years and involves creating pattern and form from exactly cut, interlocked strips of wood.

The traditional wood-carved boxes above use the Nikkobori method that originated from the Nikko city in Tochigi Prefecture. The technique involves that the wood is dried for a period of time, six months to three years. Local flora patterns are usually carved with a tool called  a hikaki into the boxes. The boxes above are about as big as an A4 piece of paper. via core77

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Digital map of Tokyo for the Tokyo Skytree

Posted by rod - 14.06.2012

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On the 22nd of May the Tokyo Skytree opened its doors making it Japans highest structure. The innovative guys from Team Lab designed a digital map (mural) of Tokyo which was exhibited at the Skytree.

“Tokyo has no particular hero or heroines. Each one of us and our stories are creating the excitement of Tokyo. In Japanese art, there are works that includes vast amount of information without center, but with flat viewpoint that focusing on everything even stories of people. For example, Rakuchu Rakugai-zu( Scenes In and Around Kyoto) and Edo-zu Byobu(Edo Scenes Folding Screen)

We draw Tokyo as a flat, no-center city with full of information in details, by restructuring the means of drawing for Ukiyoe(Color print of everyday life in Edo Period) and other print works, that are famous in Edo period, with current technology.

In Tokyo, it becomes harder to distinguish things that physically exist from virtual things that are created and existing in Manga(comics) and animations.

If we take a look at the traditional Japanese art work called Hyakkiyakou(Night Parade of One Hundred Demons), it is predictable that may be Japan was originally the country with such environment(mix real things and virtual things) in earlier age.Thank to appearance of internet, people’s imagination explodes and it started to overflow into Tokyo, and finally started to change the reality.

Evolution of technology can also evolve the progress of human beings. Based on this conviction, this is an art work drawing a city changing from Edo to Tokyo, and to the future, with large amount of information that beyond the limits of human being.”

 

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Japanese Noh Whisky

Posted by rod - 05.06.2012

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The Japanese Karuizawa distillery has a rather interesting vintage whisky range, called Noh Whisky. The lable design was inspired by the Japanese Noh theater, which is classical Japanese musical drama, performed since the 14th century. It would be interesting to know why the distillery decided to brand this whiskies range with traditional Noh performers and masks.

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