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Japanese inspired Noodle identity

Posted by rod - 16.06.2011

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Inspired by Japanese culture and colour the Kabuto Noodles identity and packaging’s will definitely kick ass. Kabuto Noodles are a delicious combination of authentic Asian flavours and quality ingredients, prepared with the skill, dedication and discipline of a Samurai warrior. Designed by B&B Studio

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Traditional Japanese Karakuri Robots

Posted by rod - 10.06.2011

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Karakuri from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

Japan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.

Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive.”
Shot and edited by Matthew Allard.

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Japanese lunch box Kokeshi Bento

Posted by rod - 07.06.2011

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If you need some lunch boxes for your kids or yourself then these Kokeshi Bento could be the right thing for you. These Japanese storage options are called Bento’s which are basically lunchbox which contains a homemade meal and is normally divided into segments to keep the foods fresh and separate. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish, meat or tofu and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables.

The first two are Hanako and Ichiro from the Kokeshi collection. The 4 other lunch boxes are from the Kyoto collection and are Bushi, the Samurai warrior with a red outfit and gold on his “helmet”, Ninja, warrior, but so cute with his two “ninja stars”, Maiko, the little apprentice geisha girl with a pink Kimono, and Geiko, Kyoto dialect for “Geisha” with a violet Kimono. All of the collections are based on the traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolles. They also remind me of a Japanese style Lego or Playmobil head.

Do you think western people would buy and use these?


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Saké Jun Daiti

Posted by rod - 19.05.2011

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Saké Jun Daiti is challenging the local Brazilian market with its Japanese inspired label design. Created by Linea Packaging, the label features a hand drawn samurai and the original Kanji calligraphy which represents the country and the authenticity of the product. via TheDieline

What do you think about the label? Would you buy it?

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Japanese Manga plates

Posted by rod - 19.05.2011

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Japanese designer Mika Tsutai created these incredible “manga plates” as his graduation project whilst studding at the Koyoto Insitute of Technology in Japan. Everyone knows that Japanese food is a art-form by itself. But Mika took it a step further and combined product design with he art of food, making it a full on japanese experience. Depending on the plate and the type of dish the two can be combined to tell a story, such as the erupting volcano. You may also remember the Tokyo bar in NYC who also used Manga (Anime) to tell a story thourghout the bar.  via designboom

What kind of story would you create if you would have these plates?

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A tast of Japan’s Kikkoman

Posted by rod - 06.05.2011

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Japanese soya sauce producer Kikkoman has a unique 300-year plus heritage, which originates in the city of Noda. Today Kikkoman is a global brand which so confident in their product that they offer consumers their money back if they don’t like the taste. One of the most recognisable characteristics about Kikkoman is the design of the bottle, which was developed by Japanese industrial designer, Kenji Ekuan who won numerous design awards for it. The dispenser bottle was developed in 1961 and is still in use today. The perfectly-shaped pourer enables the exact dispensing of even small quantities.

In 2008 Kikkoman went to Landor, who proposed a brand concept that would unite tradition and innovation. Above are also two adverts one from the 1950s and the other one which was created in 2008 by Scholz & Friends Sweden

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Junko’s Shamisen – japanese animation

Posted by rod - 04.05.2011

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This is an animation film by Toronto based director, artist and animator Sol Friedman.

“Blending the aesthetic traditions of Japanese Kabuki, contemporary manga illustration, and through the use of, stop-motion, cell and computer animation; writer, director and animator Sol Friedman brings you this award-winning, stylized and haunting tale of vengeance.

Set in the rural backwoods of feudal Japan, a young peasant girl named Junko, returns home to discover her blind grandfather brutally murdered. Filled with despair, Junko, accompanied by a mystical fox spirit, abandons her old life and sets off for the village in search of better fortune. While begging, young Junko inadvertently encounters the evil samurai lord responsible for killing her grandfather and with the influence of the fox spirit, avenges her grandfather through a gruesome act of poetic justice.”

 

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Taming Namazu

Posted by rod - 20.04.2011

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Eastern Europe meets Japan in works of Warsaw based Zuza Miśko.

“That Is Enough, Namazu!” is a response to the devastating earthquake in Japan and a tribute to ukiyo-e artists. It depicts Slavic lake demon Rusalka taming Japanese earthquake-maker Namazu with her braid.

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King of sushi

Posted by rod - 06.04.2011

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Singaporean illustrator Lily X created these lovely watercolor drawings of Japanese sushi. If you fancy you can buy these on etsy.

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Help Japan poster

Posted by rod - 15.03.2011

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Daniel Freytag designed this awesome poster in response to the Japanese disaster on the 11th March. He is donating 100% of the money to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. Go and get your limited edition print.

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Japanese Gusoku Armor

Posted by rod - 14.03.2011

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The Japanese Gusoku type of armor was developed in the 16th century eliminating some of the complexity of the O- yoroi and the Domaru. The armor was laced under the right arm and had a compact Do plate.

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Japanese Geisha Packaging

Posted by rod - 09.03.2011

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Swedish design student  Helen Maria Bäckström design this cute Japanese packaging called Noo-Del. Inspired by the Japanese Geisha which is commonly seen with hairpins in here hair. Helen used the Geisha features effectively to create is absolutely awesome idea. via lovelypackage

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Samurai Shadow Sword-Fighting

Posted by rod - 28.02.2011

This is a great Samurai Shadow sword-fight performance worth checking out. via YMFY

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Vintage Japanese brochures

Posted by rod - 24.02.2011

Wow these vintage Japanese brochures are super cool. I especially like the top three. via travelbrochuregraphics

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Japanese snow monkeys

Posted by rod - 18.02.2011

These Japanese snow monkeys (Macaque’s) look so chilled out in the hot spring in Jigokudani (Hell Valley), Nagano. Photographer Ron Gessel payed them a visit and took some interesting photos. Here is what he has got to say.

“Groups of snow monkeys  live in Jigokudani (Hell Valley) located in the mountains in Nagano. You can see the famous snow monkeys in Jigokudani Yaen-koen (Hell Valley Wild Monkey Park). Snow monkeys are used to being around people and living as if they are humans. There is an outside hot spring that was made just for the monkeys. In winter, you might see snow monkeys soaking themselves in the hot water while the snow falls on their heads. Somedays they stay up in the mountains, but hopefully you will be able to see them bathe or swim in the hot springs.”

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The city Reporter Tokyo

Posted by rod - 09.02.2011

Luis Mendo is the guy behind The City Reporter who created this cool Tokyo, Japan guide for the Tenue de Nîmes. The city report is a personal view of the cities best spots. Check out his Paris, Amsterdam and London city reports.

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Japanese Food Type

Posted by rod - 28.01.2011

Now this is cool. Japanese Designer Masaaki Hiromura merged Japanese typography (Kanji) with signs or food symbols. Combining these two elements makes it easier to understand Japanese characters. But it is also entirely readable by Japanese/Chinese speakers. If you love this post you may want to see a similar approach designed by Johnson Banks, Learn Chinese with Mandagrams. via jeanniejeannie

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New/Old Japan airlines logo

Posted by rod - 26.01.2011

Japan Airlines announced that they would change its logo from April 1, 2011. Here is a snippet of the press release.

“The motif that will be used is of a soaring Japanese red-crown crane with its wings extended in full flight – an auspicious icon of Japan representing the high spirits of the Japanese people and their sensitive attention to detail. First registered as a trademark of Japan Airlines in August 1959, the circular crane mark was painted on the entire fleet during the period of JAL’s international network expansion. It stayed a main feature of the JAL livery for more than 40 years and became an unmistakable image representing Japan Airlines and the country it connected the world with. Bearing this mark on its aircraft, JAL displayed the uniqueness and progress of Japan to the world and it often invoked a sense of pride and familiarity in many Japanese as well as its loyal customers.

The symbol of the crane has come to be associated with the nation’s distinct hallmarks of pristine quality and reliability. For customers, JAL is determined to safeguard these values of the Japanese culture and to continue reflecting its quintessential hospitality from the heart in the airline’s authentic services – a promise that is now embodied in the Group’s new corporate policy unveiled today.”

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