05.12.14 by Jeff

Tetsuya Ishida

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Surreal paintings by the late Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida, who sadly committed suicide in 2005. Would have loved to see lots more work from him. More images below.

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03.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Hebocon – Absurd Japanese Sumo Wrestling Robots Battle To Be Crowned ‘Crappiest’

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This video makes me proud to be Japanese. Hebocon was a contest held last year in which 31 “technically ungifted” Japanese people built robots and pitted them against one another in a sumo-style tournament. The crappier a robot was, the more respect it was given. One girl forgot her robot on the train, on her way to the tournament, and went and had a beer instead. She was praised for her ” act of supreme crappiness”.

Robots that made it to the venue to battle were actually penalized if they were deemed too high-tech, and there was a trophy, designed by a third-grader, for the most low-tech robot. The winner of the tournament ultimately felt ashamed for trying too hard. Watch the video below, at the end you can see all the robots in action (I love their names).

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21.11.14 by Jeff

Animated Gifs by Japanese Illustrator Daisuke Nimura

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Terrific animated gifs by Japanese illustrator Daisuke Nimura. More below.

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29.10.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: OK Go’s Incredible Drone Music Video

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The end of this video is one of the most insane things I’ve seen. I was positive it was faked with computer effects but apparently it was all filmed with a special drone, at half speed, to allow the dancers to move as precisely as possible. Even at half speed the effect that’s created is mind-melting. According to Billboard, by the end of the video the drone is actually filming from nearly half a mile away.

At this point there is no one that will ever top an OK Go music video other than OK Go. This one was directed by Morihiro Harano and choreographed by Airman. Watch “I Won’t Let You Down” below!

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18.09.14 by Jeff

Illustrator Wakana Yamazaki

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I’ve become completely obsessed with Tokyo-based artist/illustrator Wakana Yamazaki’s drawings. She’s gone completely off on her own tangent, I love it. I guess you’ll be able to tell how much I like her work by the sheer amount of images I’ve posted below.

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07.08.14 by Jeff

Hiroyuki Izutsu

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“Don’t Give Up Japan”, a series of beautiful paintings by Tokyo-based illustrator Hiroyuki Izutsu, created after the horrible disaster there. See more of the series below.

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22.04.14 by Jeff

John Sypal

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Street photos by John Sypal, the photographer behind Tokyo Camera Style.

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28.01.14 by Jeff

“Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop” by Caleb Wood

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Love this surreal short animation by Caleb Wood. Some of the sound here oddly sorta reminds me of Yojimbo (one of my favourite film scores).  Watch below.

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19.12.13 by Jeff

Gou Miyagi’s Video Part in Heroin Skateboards “Video Nasty” Has No Ollies In It.

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Gou Miyagi’s part in Heroin’s “Video Nasty” is the best video part I’ve seen in years. Gou (pronounced “Go”) wanted to shoot it all in his hometown, Okinawa, Japan, and do his entire part without any ollies. There were parts of this where I actually laughed out loud, it’s so creative.

I posted Gou Miyagi’s part in “Overground Broadcasting” back in 2008, so you can see he’s been on a different wavelength for years.

Watch his fantastic video part below!

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