art

An island-hopping visit to the Setouchi International Art Festival!

The Setouchi Triennale Art Festival takes place every three years on the art islands of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea–and this year is a festival year! Let’s check it out!

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Volunteer craftsman traveling to Kumamoto to repair earthquake-damaged family heirloom ceramics

Plans to use traditional Japanese kintsugi techniques to make them look as good as new, or perhaps even better.

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Famous Japanese painter’s centuries-old cat artwork proves Japan has always loved felines

One of the Meiji Period’s most prolific artists painted more cats than you might have expected.

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Amazing pencil portraits of Japanese celebrities look as lifelike as photographs 【Pictures】

This Twitter user doesn’t need lights and cameras when he’s got good pencils and unbelievable talent.

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Touching messages of support for Kumamoto by artists in China and the manga world

A wave of support for the people of Kumamoto has come out of China in the form of warmhearted illustrations featuring the local mascot Kumamon.

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We got a sneak peek at the stellar Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Exhibit【Photos】

We knew it was going to be sailor-tastic, but it’s better than we imagined.

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Gorgeous Japanese tatami reed book covers, card holders a fresh outlet for old-school style

Paper-based media alone not traditional enough for you? Try pairing it with these.

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Laser-cut art allows you to combine, transform multiple pictures with just two sheets of paper!

What do you get when you combine a cat and a robot?

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Amazing creations made using only a hot glue gun have Japanese Twitter on meltdown【Pics】

Apparently it’s possible to create something other than burned fingers when using hot glue.

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Filipino youths with special needs find their place in the world through art and awareness

The work of many young Filipino artists living with autism was recently showcased to celebrate their achievements and bring awareness to their cause.

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Traditional Japanese cultural trivia of the day: Bonseki rocks! (literally)

You’re probably familiar with bonsai, but what exactly is its other traditional art form cousin, bonseki?
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Internet weighs in on Korean abstract painting that sold for US$4.3 million

Art is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, and those around the internet are seeing so many things!

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Students at Tokyo University of the Arts create amazing festival shrines of giant monsters 【Pics】

Celebrating important events with fun, colossal terror!

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Artist’s unique artwork imagines Singapore locales as adorable, anthropomorphic characters

If you’re a resident of Singapore, you’ll definitely want to check out what your neighborhood looks like in moe character form!

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Creepy-cool: “Plastic surgeon” artist creates dissections of popular character figures【Pics】

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of your plastic figures would look like, here’s the dark answer!

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The ultimate eco-friendly art: Korean artist makes animal sculptures out of discarded tires【Pics】

When you want to help the Earth, but also need a living room conversation piece…

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Gorgeous Paul Gerber/Arita-yaki pottery watches will catch eyes, leave you seriously broke

The famed Swiss watch maker teams with centuries-old traditional arita-yaki potter Koransha to produce this limited line of stunning handcrafted watches.

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Japanese clothing retailer turns Starbucks mermaid into a mecha robot girl

Could this be the iconic mermaid’s ultimate form? Either way, these Starbucks parody t-shirts are worth checking out!

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Breathtaking illustration series shows 100 amazing scenes of Tokyo

Whether you’ve never been to Tokyo or you’ve been living here for decades, this beautiful artwork will have you ready to go out and explore Japan’s gorgeous capital.

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“Pecs are just like boobs!” or “The correct way to draw pectoral muscles”

Even if you’re not an artist, it’s important to understand the way pecs work — for science.

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