Unusually Beautiful Japanese Funeral Home Ad

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Generally funerals in Japan are a black and white affair, with any color or deviation considered disrespectful. I&S BBDO, a Tokyo-based ad agency was commissioned by Nishinihon Tenrei funeral home to create an unconventional ad. And that they did! "Creative director Mari Nishimura decided to create a real-size human skeleton made from pressed flowers."

"Yoshitomo Nara" @ Pace Gallery West 25th Street, NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
On Friday night, we stopped by the opening of famed Japanese artist and Juxtapoz cover artist, Yoshitomo Nara's newest body of work at Pace Gallery. Featuring his iconic girl characters, presented in sculpture, painting, and sketches, all spaced wonderfully in three large rooms, Nara continues to be one of the most appreciated contemporary artist in the world.

Nonotak Studio's Installation Hypnotizes and Traps Vistors in a Light Prison

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
The light installation Isotopes v.2 by Nonotak Studio hypnotizes visitors with moving lights, attracting them to the center of the installation. Then, the rhythm and the intensity of the lights continually become more aggressive until they generate immaterial barriers: "it's easy to get in but neigh impossible to get out." The catalyst and inspiration for the project is the Fukushima nuclear disaster and it is meant to echo the way humans approach nuclear power. Watch a video after the jump!

Sect Housing

Graffiti // Thursday, May 02, 2013
In Japan, instead of Section 8 housing for the low-income residents there is Sect housing. Waka waka.

Paintings by Tomokazu Matsuyama

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 25, 2013
New York-based, Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama spent his childhood between Japan and America, bring up questions about his national and individual identity. This is reflected in both the style and subject of many of his paintings as he draws influences from both modern art and Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras.

The Psychedelic Posters and Graphic Design of Japan's Tadanori Yokoo

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 24, 2013
One of the most well-known, influential, and transcedent artists of post-war Japan, Tadanori Yokoo has one of the best styles of psychedelic, meets graphic design, meets poster art, meets traditional printmaking you will ever see. He has had numerous retrospectives over the years, and recently was shown at the Iwate Museum of Art in Morioka, Japan.

Ken Yokogawa's 7000 Wooden Cube Structure is Held Together by Hooks

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 18, 2013
We're not sure we would want to stand under this installation of 7000 wooden cubes held together by 36,0000 screw-in hooks by Architect and Professor Ken Yokogawa. Fascinated by the way metal chain armor retains its shape and form, Ken spent two years researching and building his structure, that he calls an inverted question-cube, at Nihon University of Science and Technology.

YOY Design Studio Created Hanging Canvas Furniture

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 16, 2013
We weren't quite sure what was going on here until we saw a few different angles of Japanese design studio YOY's latest 'canvas,' two-dimensional-looking hanging furniture pieces. Each piece is constructed out of wood and aluminum and then covered with screen-printed elastic fabric. The 'canvas' is then leaned against a wall and stretches when weight is applied to accommodate the user.

Japanese Magazine Ads from the 60s and 70s

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We love these vintage Japanese magazine ads from the 60s and 70s. The Japanese blog That's Eurobeat has been scanning the vintage pieces since 2007 and has amassed a collection of over 5,400!

Straw Mammoth in Shadoshima, Japan

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 08, 2013
Musashino Art University on Shodashima, one of the five islands in Japan, celebrated the Triennial Setouchi Art Festival be constructing a mammoth entirely from rice straw donated by local farmers. Displayed in 2012, the straw art is one of the most popular parts of the festival where artists and local residents collaborate on large-scale sculptures.

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