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Hundred-year-old Japanese company creates unique bendable vessels made of pure tin

From completely flat to absolutely original, these tin creations are much more than fruit bowls. Based in Takaoka, a city with a long history of industry, the Nousaku Company began creating beautiful works of art in 1916. Now nearing 100 years old, the shop continues to maintain its rich tradition while innovating and crafting modern pieces out of pure tin.

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Amazing!! Time captured in a single photo print!

Ever wondered how you could show the passage of time in a single picture?

Singaporean photographer Fong Qi Wei has come up with a fantastic way to do just that. The highly acclaimed still-shot artist, having already won several awards for his nature photography, spent some time in the city creating some fascinating images that will blow your mind!

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Not your average Bulbasaur: Mayan-style Pokemon

What is it about Pokémon that inspires hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of creative works of art? Is it the wide range of pocket monsters to choose from? Nostalgia? Or maybe it’s the FACT that Pokémon are downright awesome. Yeah, it’s probably that last one.

Mona, an artist from Mexico, has used these inspiring little creatures to create what she calls “Pokemayans.” Drawn in a funky, Mayan-inspired style, these Pokemon are every bit as awesome as the original, but in a completely new way.

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Real-life Nausiccä’s Möwe glider makes first powered flight

A decade after the OpenSky project began, Kazuhiko Hachiya and his team of engineers and artists can finally give themselves a well deserved pat on the back. Their dream of creating a working version of the glider seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (named Möwe) has come to fruition.

On 31 July, Hachiya uploaded the video titled “OpenSky3.0 trailer,” which shows the jet engine equipped M-02J taxi and take to the sky by its own power.

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Tea and a chat with award-winning illustrator Yuko Shimizu 【People we love】

If you’ve picked a copy of Time, Rolling Stone, the New York Times or any number of comic books or Penguin paperbacks in the past 10 years, chances are you’ve come across some of Yuko Shimizu’s work somewhere along the way. With big names like Gap, Pepsi, Microsoft, and even Visa listed on her resume, it’s little wonder that the Tokyo-born artist was voted one of Newsweek Japan‘s “100 Japanese People The World Respects”, and has made a name for herself as a highly successful illustrator in a country thousands of miles from the place she once called home.

Even so, Yuko is incredibly friendly and down to earth, and, on a rainy New York day earlier this year, she invited us in for a chat and a cup of tea while giving us a tour of her studio and introducing us to her little chihuahua pal, Bruiser.

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Welcome to Tang Chiew Ling’s little leaf world

Leaves; they’re all around us. Even deep in the city, you can find them on lone trees poking through the asphalt, or a potted plant outside a store. One Malaysian artist has found a way to incorporate the everyday, often-ignored leaf into his work in a creative way.

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Can you bring yourself to eat the art on these awesome anime cakes?

A quick glance at the name of Japanese cake maker Priroll should tell you that they specialize in roll cakes. What might not be so readily apparent is that the “Pri” stands for “printing.” Customers can include a photo when ordering, which Priroll will then reproduce on the side of one of its desserts, making it a great choice for birthdays, graduations, or other celebrations.

Being able to reproduce any image on this sweet, spongy canvas, though, means that the folks at Priroll aren’t limited to using just photographs, though. If you want, they can also whip you up an anime cake.

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It’s lunch time in the Valley of the Wind with this Nausicaa-themed rice omelet 【Recipe】

Japan’s got kind of a thing for making its food look like other living things. Take for example the kids’ boxed lunch staple the tako wiener, a length of sausage sliced to look like a cute little octopus. Curry and rice shaped like teddy bears soaking in a bathtub are a mainstay of maid café menus.

At the same time, famed anime house Studio Ghibli’s fans also have a habit of artistically expressing their enthusiasm through food. Droves of chefs tweet pictures of their “Laputa toast” (basically a fried egg on a thick slice of bread) whenever the film is shown on TV, and we tried our hand at reproducing the herring and pumpkin pie from Kiki’s Delivery Service a few months back.

But the bar for Ghibli-themed food was just raised several notches by one lover of Nausicaa of the Valey of the Wind who created an edible version of the movie’s monstrous ohmu.

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Screaming Hello: Kitty-chan goes artsy in unusual merchandise venture

That Kitty-chan never takes a break, does she? When she’s not appearing on kids’ pencil cases or pyjamas, she’s baring her behind and splicing her own DNA with melons. This time around, the world-famous feline is muscling in on expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s icon painting, The Scream.

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Why settle for sand castles when you can make sand Aztec pyramids?

Sometimes, going to a neighborhood park as an adult allows you to enjoy it in a whole different way than you did as a kid. Grown-ups are much more likely to appreciate how certain flowers blossoming heralds the changing of the seasons, or to be soothed by the chirping of birds nesting in the trees overhead.

On the other hand, past a certain age other aspects are surprisingly depressing. The swings and slides that made you feel like a daredevil are a bit less thrilling once they only go as high as your shoulder, which can really hammer home the point that your childhood is a distant part of your past.

But an anonymous Japanese park visitor has shown us there’s one piece of playground equipment that can grow with you.

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The first photos ever used for Japanese tourism show Japan as it was 100 years ago

A collection of 100-year-old hand-painted photos has been captivating Japanese netizens recently, both for their beauty and their significance. Taken at the beginning of the twentieth century by the well-known photographer, Kōzaburō Tamamura, these were the first pictures ever used to promote Japan to the world. The series reveals some gorgeous scenes of everyday life and places of natural beauty, in a Japan that was previously cut off to the world for centuries.

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Feed your heart, mind, and stomach at Roppongi Hills’ LOVE Exhibition and Hatsune Miku Café

Aside from being an upscale shopping center, Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills complex is also home to the Mori Art Museum and a 54th-floor observation deck. We recently paid the building a visit to check out two concurrently running events, the LOVE Exhibition and Hatsune Miku Café.

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An easy expression to read: The amazing phone book sculptures of Long-Bin Chen

This may look like a stone sculpture, but in fact New York-based artist Long-Bin Chen used nothing but paper to produce the following series of carvings. That’s right, this is actually a stack of phone books, cut, shaped and coloured to form the face of Buddha. Check out the full gallery of Chen’s incredible work after the jump.

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‘Fruity’ Shibuya art show features hairy apple, disco pineapple and more 【Photos】

The Shibuya Diesel art gallery is currently featuring an exhibition by Berlin-based artist Sarah Illenberger in collaboration with creative director Miho Kinomura. The show, titled Reality & Fantasy, has some decidedly bizarre re-imaginations of everyday objects that nevertheless radiate a childlike charm.

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The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan

With bookstores in Japan overflowing with manga, novels and non-fiction, it takes a lot to stand out and get noticed. However, with the advent of the three styles of book stacking we’re going to show, it’s impossible for passersby not to stop and take a gander at these literary works.

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Gundam meets iconic architecture, saves the human race while looking appropriately moody

Forget Transformers — what’s fun about a robot that turns into a dirty old city bus anyway? When it comes to gargantuan protectors of the human race, we want something with a little more style.

Thankfully, that’s precisely what Japanese toy designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka is bringing to the table today with his epic realisation of what the love child of ’70s building-cum-art installation the Tower of the Sun and a Mobile Suit Gundam might look like.

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Food Fight! McDonald’s ‘artistic’ contest winner sparks debate online

Earlier this month, McDonald’s Japan announced the grand prize winner of its Big Mac Award Art Contest. The results inspired a great deal of online debate, as is often the case with topics as subjective as art and design. What the judges see as artistic and inspired might look like a mess to the greater masses. Read on for a taste of  the juicy reactions to this creative burger art. Read More

The Iwate Miracle Tree returns…after a few quick adjustments

The monument for the Iwate miracle tree, which as you might remember was the only pine tree out of 70,000 left standing following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, is finally nearing completion. The project, though, has not been without its fair share of troubles. Read More

Beautiful works of art made with Microsoft Excel

A few weeks ago, we featured a video that showed each step to drawing Gundam using Microsoft Excel. The whole RocketNews24 office couldn’t believe that something as cool as a giant robot can be made using the most boring Office program available.

Another Excel artist, 73-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi of Japan, has been getting attention online recently for his beautiful scenery pictures created by only using shapes in Microsoft Excel.

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