Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Candy and animals. This is an excellent combo. And where else can you find this level of cuteness than in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. At Ameshin, the candy shop run by Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka, you will find these adorable and delicious treats. Tezuka also offers classes on and demonstrations of Amezaiku, the 1300-year old traditional art where sugar, starch and water is sculpted and colored.
Illustration // Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Kotaro Chiba is a professional freelance illustrator, designer, and animator based in Niigata, Japan. Her work is clearly heavily influenced by her home country, containing elements of traditional Japanese art as well as anime and manga, showing lithe young women with long delicate necks and soft features in a variety of natural landscapes.
Design // Friday, May 01, 2015
Designed by Japanese artist and architect Kengo Kuma, this bar-restaurant located in Kichijoji outside Tokyo is adorned withheaps of colored recycled cables. "We applied recycled LAN cables, which we call Mojamoja – to describe its shaggy, wooly look – and what is called acrylic ball (left-over melted acrylic byproduct pieces) to everything from interior materials to furniture. As the result, some amazing interior emerged, where form becomes invisible and only materiality and various colors appear as if floating in the air.
Juxtapoz // Friday, April 10, 2015
Takahiro Hirabayashi, a traditionally trained Japanese painter, uses age-old techniques in his contemporary portraits while combining a morbid sci-fi element in his breathtaking work. Hirabayashi’s whimsical characters seem to be barely surviving in a beautiful post-apocalyptic world.
Illustration // Friday, April 03, 2015
A couple of years ago Japanese twitter user @Kya7y was looking through her father's attic and found an incredibly detailed maze that her father had created 30 years prior. She pressed her dad, Kazuo Nomura, a Janitor at a public University, for details and he explained that it ook him 7 years to draw the 33" x 33" maze. Now, after some pleading from his daughter, Kazuo has begun drawing another maze.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 01, 2015
We have been doing a ton of research in lieu of our trip to Tokyo, and we were looking into aritsts of the Nihonga style, and ran across the contemporary artist Ikenaga Yasunari that we have writting about. From our last post: Born in 1965, artist Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses.
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 27, 2015
The Floating Flower Garden is an installation of over 2,300 living flowers taht float up and down in relation to the movement of people in the space. "When a viewer gets close to this flower-filled space, the flowers close to the viewer rise upwards all at once, creating a hemispherical space with the viewer at its center...
Erotica // Friday, March 20, 2015
Its Friday. Maybe you had a long week. Maybe you have been at SXSW on the party circuit and need a glass of water. Maybe you are in NYC and looking for Spring. Maybe you just want to see some classic dark and erotic photography from Japanese artist, Yoshihiro Tatsuki. All of the above, the former, the latter, and enjoy.
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
As one of the oldest forms of body modification, ritual scarification and tattoos have been found on mummies dated to the 2nd millennium BCE. In Japan, irezumi (the insertion of ink into the skin) existed as long ago as Neolithic times. Over the centuries, the practice has assumed multiple forms and carried with it a myriad of meanings...
Design // Thursday, February 12, 2015
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.