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Awamori history

Posted by rod - 22.04.2010

Following up on my last post (Awamori packaging from Japan). I just found this nice little illustration about the history of Awamori. via sakejapan

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Awamori packaging from Japan

Posted by rod - 22.04.2010

I really admire Japanese packaging and when I discovered these cool clay Awamori jugs my hart jumped high. Awamori is an alcoholic beverage that comes from Okinawa in Japan. It’s a lot stronger and a bit smoother than the Japanese Sake. Awamori is thought to get its name from the bubbles (awa) that rise and swell (mori) during its distillation. The more bubbles, the higher the alcohol concentration in the final product. Thesedays Awamori is served to guests, during celebrations and festivals throughout the year. The above designs are made out of clay but you can also find it in liquor bottles. If you love these Awamori packaging designs you may like to see these cool Sake barrel packaging. Images via okinawa.usmc, en.item.rakuten, flickr and flickr

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Sake barrel packaging

Posted by rod - 12.04.2010

Here are a couple of examples of Sake barrel packaging. I like that the barrels don’t look like the western style ones which are quite boring compared to the Japanese barrels. Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Which is also referred to in English as rice wine. Images via expatify, pbase, flickr, flickr

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Traditional Japanese Packaging designs

Posted by rod - 30.03.2010

A deliciously set of five “sasa-dango,” dumplings wrapped in bamboo grass, a specialty from Niigata.

Two different kinds of natural bamboo are employed here: A section of a bamboo stem covered with a sasa (bamboo grass) leaf

and a bamboo container holding “mizu-yokan,” soft azuki bean jelly. By Furyudo.

Packaging design by Mizu Yokan. This fake bamboo tube can be bought at ordinary supermarkets.

This two bite-sized snack wrapped in bamboo grass is called “chimaki sushi.” By caterer Fukutsuchi for ¥420. Wrapped in additional plastic foil!

This lunch set by caterer Koichian is wrapped in natural bamboo sheath, including a bamboo ribbon, inside there are three different flavoured onigiri rice balls.

Bamboo sheath gone boxy – imprinted texture on a lunch box by Umi no Megumi.

Straw-wrapped natto by Tengu-natto from Mito. This area in Ibaraki prefecture is famous for it. Inside the package, the soybeans happily intermingle with the straw.

“Funa-natto:” Natto in a boat shaped package by Marushin. The inner lining of the boat package is made of natural wood.

Natto wrapped in a triangular wood shaving by Shimonita.

Package of fuki-miso, fermented soybean paste flavoured with Giant Butterbur, by Ganko Oyaji.

This is just one of them posts which I love. The above Japanese Packaging designs have some interesting approaches, love them. Some combining natural and synthetic materials and some just look natural but aren’t. Please check out Pingmag for more info. Unfortunately they don’t post anymore.

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Japan – The Strange Country

Posted by rod - 26.03.2010

Japan – The Strange Country (Japanese ver.) from Kenichi on Vimeo.

Japan – The Strange Country is a fantastic info-graphics video with great facts. Designed, animated and written by Kenichi Tanaka. Its a must see for all Japan lovers. via geekiz

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Japanese painter Hiroshi Hirakawa

Posted by rod - 25.03.2010

Fascinating Japanese paintings created by Hiroshi Hirakawa more paintings on his site. via inkbutter

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Iwafune rice packaging by Kenya Hara

Posted by rod - 18.03.2010

The Iwafune rice packaging was designed by Japanese designer Kenya Hara in 1999. Although over 10 years old I still like it. The packaging design was created using only black ink and natural materials. via gdc.net

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Suupaa Pop: Package Design From Japan

Posted by rod - 13.03.2010

A bit old, but I think it is still valuable to this blog. The Suupaa Pop exhibition was designed by Desgrippes Gobé, New York and was hosted in the AIGA National Design Center gallery. The exhibition represent the huge variety of exciting and unique designs that are part of the every day shopping in Japan, and that fill up the supermarkets-or “suupa,” as it is called locally. via aiga.org and flickr

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Japanese Signs & Signage

Posted by rod - 10.03.2010

Japanese Signs & Signage via we love typography and inspireme

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Tado – Illustrators & Artists Agents Debut Art

Posted by rod - 09.03.2010

Nice illustration depicting Japan via FFFFOUND! and debutart

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Sumo by R. Jerome Ferraro

Posted by rod - 02.03.2010

Sumo wrestler photographed by R. Jerome Ferraro

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Adolfo Farsari – Old Japan

Posted by rod - 26.02.2010

A few days ago I found an interesting article over at Quazen via Notcot about Adolfo Farsari – The man who shot old Japan. In the 1880s at a time when most Europeans were denied access to the Japanese interior an Italian photographer managed to capture many images of Old Japan. These were then beautifully and realistically hand painted and serve as a remarkable record of a world long since disappeared. Read the full article over at Quazen

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Paramodel – Sushi trucks

Posted by rod - 22.02.2010

Sushi trucks: Created by Paramodel who ar an artistic duet from Osaka, Tokyo, Japan. Each of the trucks has a back made of sushi. Price: 270$ each and can be bought at Azito. credit: “tommy sushi” by Paramodel (© paramodel / photo : paramodel) Wow. via whitezine.com

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SHODO – Japanese Calligraphy

Posted by rod - 08.02.2010

SHODO – Japanese Calligraphy by Filippo Partesotti

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Giant Japanese Salamanders

Posted by rod - 04.02.2010

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Japanese Traditional Craft by Yukio HASHIMOTO

Posted by rod - 29.01.2010

The above cups and saucers were designed by Yukio HASHIMOTO , applying the traditional Japanese craft technique, “wappa”.
They bend wooden boards in hot water, and create beautiful curves. via spgra via notcot

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Geisha – Two Twelve Show’s Us How It’s Done

Posted by rod - 20.01.2010

Geisha – Two Twelve Show’s Us How It’s Done via woostercollective.com


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Kirin

Posted by rod - 16.01.2010

Japanese Kirin beer has launched a new minimalistic packaging design by Didonato. More Kirin packaging her. via lovelypackage.com

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