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Fun Link Friday: The Tiny Worlds of Tanaka Tatsuya

In previous Fun Link Fridays we’ve featured the miniature worlds of Takanori Aiba‘s bonsai trees, making fantastical spaces with tiny models and growing techniques. This week our fun link is the art of Tanaka Tatsuya, who was recently featured on … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Social Media Omamori

Looking to protect yourself against bad vibes from internet trolls? Want some good luck in getting lots of retweets and likes? The capsule toy company Tama-kyu has created mock-ups of the common omamori, charms sold at Buddhist temples and Shinto … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Dinosaurs Found in Japan Identified as New Species

Okay okay, in some ways this is old news, but it’s still fun! In 2004 a team of researchers working on Awaji Island (Hyogo Prefecture) found dinosaur bones, including a lower jaw, shoulder, and some other parts. Named “Yamatosaurus izanagii” … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Edible Toast Masterpieces of Japanese Art

In the past we’ve shown a variety of tasty pieces of art for Fun Link Fridays, typically of the bento variety. But what if toast was your literal canvas? Last month My Modern Met featured a piece on Japanese designer … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Pixel Animation Battle of Sekigahara

Pixel art has been around for decades, and whether you’re playing a video game or enjoying some 8-bit nostalgia of daily life in Japan, it’s always a joy. A couple of weeks ago Spoon & Tamago featured the work of … Continue reading

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Fun (?) Link Friday: Meguro Parasitological Museum

When was the last time you thought about… parasites? Maybe watching a horror movie or taking your pet to the vet. But if you’re interested in exploring scientific knowledge about these creepy wigglies for fun, Japan has a museum for … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Viewing Cherry Blossoms in Art

This week has been conference recovery, so here’s a quick Fun Link Friday for you all. If you’re missing out on cherry blossom viewing this year (either because you can’t travel or it’s best not to gather at crowded sites) … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: A Single Sheet Samurai

Are you serious about origami? How serious is serious? Because according to Colossal, Finnish artist Juho Könkkölä might have you beat. Using upwards of thousands of individual folds, Könkkölä spent 50+ hours creating a fully-armored origami samurai figure using only one … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Lego Great Wave

Are you a fan of art? Of LEGOs? LEGO art? I think we all are. Which is why it was so cool this amazing piece from Jumpei Mitsui, Japan’s only certified professional LEGO builder (did not know that was a … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Bamboo Art of Tanabe Chikuunsai IV

Every now and then the internet recirculates something super cool from several years ago that didn’t make it onto my radar but is perfect for a Fun Link Friday! This week I’ve come across Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, a Japanese artist … Continue reading

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