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.
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.
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.
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.
Graffiti // Thursday, March 14, 2013
New Japan piece looks sharp, like his letters got a fresh new haircut and the sides got lined up
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 05, 2013
For those lucky people in Tokyo, check out Geoff McFetridge's show My Head Disappears When My Hands Are Thinking with Heath Ceramics at Playmountain this week. It runs through this Sunday (17th). Heath is a Sausalito, CA based artisan pottery manufacturer and McFetridge is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been featured on products from Nike, Stüsy, Patagonia and in Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.