Why does sushi taste so good with wasabi? Why is edamame such a popular beer snack? Graham Nelson explores the science behind popular Japanese food pairings over on Spoon & Tamago. Check it out here.
Meanwhile at Neo-Hogwarts: What if Harry Potter were a 1980s cyberpunk anime a la Akira? Check it out on Youtube below. Via Wired.
Hanami: not just for people. Check out these adorable cats enjoying the sakura over on Neko Memo’s post “Golden Collaboration! A Collection of Beautiful Photos of Cherry Blossoms and Cats” 「黄金のコラボ！ 桜と猫の美しすぎる画像集」. Via RocketNews24.
Spoon & Tamago has a feature on the cartographer Yoshida Hatsusaburo (1884-1955) and his gorgeous, detailed maps. I love the Taisho- and early Showa-era design work on these, and how much they look like real towns instead of a contemporary … Continue reading
I’ll confess that I have a personal bias for plum blossoms over sakura. Sure, they aren’t as majestic as the shidare-zakura (枝垂桜), but I love how vividly pink they are and how they smell. I’m most familiar with Kanazawa’s plum … Continue reading
This wintry scene is brought to you by Spoon & Tamago, who featured some of Kent Shiraishi’s photos of the blue pond in Biei (美瑛), Hokkaido. The water contains a high degree of aluminum hydroxide, which is why it appears … Continue reading
I’m rolling my eyes a bit at the title of this piece, but the photos are a great new lens through which to explore Kyoto. Katayama has taken thousands of pictures of the legendary ancient city that once was the … Continue reading
Today’s funk link is Noramoji, a new design project to preserve store-front fonts in Japan. Johnny writes on Spoon & Tamago‘s coverage of the project, These Japanese fonts won’t be found in textbooks or typography journals. You have to go … Continue reading
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I love Japanese currency, especially the 5-yen and 50-yen pieces–easy to find in my change purse and just fun to touch. Rocket News 24 has an article about the history, designs, and make-up of Japanese coins. Like many small currencies … Continue reading
In this Fun Link Friday, meet Austin and Sachiko Moore, a couple who have restored much of their Edo-period home in Hino (日野), Shiga pref., and are helping to restore other historic homes in the area. Mr. Moore’s pursuit of authenticity … Continue reading