Wanto & MQ prefer Kobe

Graffiti // Thursday, March 28, 2013
  We are unsure about this sign that says “Kobe Beef WANTO Burger” and whether there is actually a patty available to order. MQ appears to be a frequent customer to whatever they offer here though.  

NSFW: Lush wall in Japan

Graffiti // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  By far some of the most graphic and offensive graffiti currently being painted in the streets comes from Lush. Japan is getting a taste of  his work right now and we are sure their will be some sore eyes after viewing these walls.

100 Pound Rice Sculpture by Saeri Kiritani

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In a very literal interpretation of 'we are what we eat,' Japanese-born, New York-based artist Saeri Kiritani glued together over a million grains of rice for her 5-foot high self-portrait. The work is titled 100 Pounds of Rice and won the National Portrait Gallery's 2013 competition.  

Dedicated Eternally

Graffiti // Thursday, March 14, 2013
New Japan piece looks sharp, like his letters got a fresh new haircut and the sides got lined up

"Miracle Tree" monument in Japan

Street Art // Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A lone palm tree that survived the 2001 tsunami in Japan has been rebuilt as a monument to honor the 19,000 victims of the disaster. The only survivor of the 70,000 trees that were taken out from the water held on for a while, but eventually died due to environmental changes in the ground. The tree was cut up, the trunk hallowed out reinforced with a carbon spine, and partly re-created as a permanent monument.

Illustrations by Japan's Soga Kayoko

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 28, 2013
This morning we take a look at the Illustrations of Japanese artist Soga Kayoko. Soga describes her work as picking up feelings like a 'feeling of wrongness, a feeling of floating, and a feeling of being not cheerfull but not gloomy...'  

The Sculpture Works of Kyotaro Hakamata

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Japanese born artist, Kyotaro Hakamata, recently popped up on our radar. He’s become one of the leading artists in the Japanese contemporary sculpture scene after the 1990's. Hakamata has created a number of significant sculpture pieces that have influenced a generation of younger artists.

New Paintings by Marefumi Komura

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We are enjoying Tokyo-based artist Marefumi Komura's paintings this morning. As Japan works to confront and accept the devastation that the March 2011 earthquake dealt to the country, Marefumi has felt a need to refocus his paintings towards ever-present and universal themes of 'fragility' and 'beauty' that hide within our existence.

The Art of the Japanese Manhole Cover

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 08, 2013
In most places the manhole cover is tasked with preventing us from falling into the sewer. In Japan, they are also works of art. While the general style and color of the covers remain the same, the imagery and symbols will change depending on which region of Japan you're in.

Giant Transformers Sculpture in Asahikawa, Japan

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 07, 2013
Ever dream of having a giagantic Transformers snow fort? Japanese toy maker Takara Toy does. They are building a 65ft x 426ft x 131ft Transformers sculpture made entirely of snow for the the city of Asahikawa's annual winter festival. The structure is made from around 6,000 truckloads of snow and took 250 workers a month to finish.

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