25.09.15 by Jeff

Pow! Wow! Asia Tour


Usugrow painting in Shibuya as part of Pow! Wow! Japan


The international arts festival, Pow! Wow!, has just announced their next two events will be back to back weeklong exhibitions in Japan and Taiwan, starting October 17th. The Asia Tour roster includes renowned artists Faith47, Kinsey, Fafi, Jeff Soto, Case, Kevin Ancell, Ben Horton, Naturel, and many others. Local artists, including one of my personal favourites, Usugrow (seen above), have already started on a giant mural in Shibuya in the lead up to the event.

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13.08.15 by Kimi Hamada

Satisfying Instagram of the Day: Daily Miniatures by Japanese Artist Tatsuya Tanaka


Obsessed with these clever miniatures by Japanese art director and photographer, Tatsuya Tanaka, who has created a mini scene everyday for over four years now! See more images from his ongoing Miniature Calendar project below.

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06.08.15 by Staff

Illustrator Spotlight: Yu Fukagawa


Wonderful illustrations by Japanese artist, Yu Fukagawa. See more of Fukagawa’s work below.

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05.08.15 by Staff

Trippy Animation of the Day: NETWORKS “SIZQ”


Gorgeous animated video from Japanese trio, Networks. Love the style here! Directed by Kohei Yoshino and animated by Satoru Kaneko, watch the video for “SIZQ” below!

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30.07.15 by Jeff

Trippy Animation of the Day: Hiraoka Masanobu’s Spectacular New Short


Japanese animator Hiraoka Masanobu returns with another mind-melting surreal feast for the eyes. Masanobu’s style is so recognizable now and yet the films remain as unpredictable as they always were. Watch the animation below.

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28.07.15 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Naomi Okubo


Wonderfully detailed paintings by Japanese artist Naomi Okubo. More images of Okubo’s work below!

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22.07.15 by Staff

Star Wars Japanese Woodblock Prints




“Rhythm Force” is a project attempting to renew interest in the traditional Japanese craft of Ukiyo-e (woodblock printing) by replacing the folk-tale imagery typically depicted with scenes from Star Wars. Artist Masumi Ishikawa designed the prints and master engravers carved the wood blocks.

Limited edition prints of three hand-carved compositions are available through the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake. See more images from the project below!

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15.07.15 by Staff

Hayao Miyazaki Un-retires

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Studio Ghibli founder and iconic animator Hayao Miyazaki is working on a 3D animation about a caterpillar named Boro! The only hitch: the ten minute short will take about three years to make. And once it’s finished it’ll be screening exclusively at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan.

“I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation. Self-indulgent animation,” he said at the time in reference to his short films for the Ghibli Museum. He added then that while neither CG animation or hand-drawn animation is better than the other, he fears the latter is dying.

“I think talent decides everything. More than the method, what’s important is the talent using it. There’s nothing inherently wrong or right about a method, whether it be pencil drawings or 3-D CG. Pencil drawings don’t have to go away, but those who continue to use the medium lack talent. So sadly, it will fade away” – Hayao Miyazaki (source)