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.

Photographs by Daido Moriyama

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 04, 2013
We are enjoying the photography of Japan's Daido Moriyama this morning. Daido is one of the most revered living Japanese photographers and his work is 'saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection.'

Treehouses by Takashi Kobayashi

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 29, 2013
Takashi Kobayashi is the carpenter and architect of 120 houses all over Japan. As a self-taught designer Takashi has aimed to erode the boundaries between man and nature. His collective, treehouse peoples, have worked to develop tree structures that avoid stunting the tree's grown and balance on the limbs.

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.

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