design

Art in motion: Japanese company shows off stunning 2-D animation works

From falling cherry blossom leaves to a rabbit pounding mochi rice, these incredible slit animations are absolutely mesmerising.

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Internet goes crazy for custom-made desk built by Japanese animator

The DIY project, complete with an embedded graphics tablet, is inspiring digital illustrators everywhere.

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Pokéball terrariums are just as adorable and hard to catch as the Pokémon who inhabit them

Now you can see what your favourite Pokémon gets up to inside that mysterious Pokéball.

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Japanese bookstore cafe wows customers with its unusual spy-like restroom

Using the amenities at this bookshop cafe means pulling back a shelf of books like a character from a spy movie.

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Shinya Kimura waxes poetic about the art of custom motorcycle engineering【Video】

Take a peek inside the mind of a custom motorcycle builder.

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Meet Miyamoto and win $10,000 by submitting your Nintendo t-shirt design to UNIQLO 【Video】

If you love Nintendo and making art, then this is the chance you’ve been waiting for!

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Tokyo designer’s DIY Space Invaders kimono is retro fashion in more ways than one

German-born Tokyo designer Anji Salz wows with this home-made Space Invaders kimono, and she’ll show you how to make your very own, too!

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Yamaha gives us a glimpse into the future of transport with two awesome new mobility vehicles

A boat-inspired vehicle and a three-wheeler with built-in protection from the elements have been created in conjunction with a respected Japanese architect.

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Japan’s new traffic cones come with built-in Jizō Bosatsu, the protective deity of travellers

There’s no better way to look after the roads than with built-in protection from one of Japan’s most revered deities.

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This South Korean cafe has the most fashionable coffee cups we’ve ever seen

Even coffee cups have a wardrobe these days.

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New “foliage umbrella” lets you take shelter from the elements with beautiful results

Rain or shine, any day is a good day to use this umbrella.

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New Suntory beer cans feature 15 different Shinkansen bullet trains and local landscapes

Now you can enjoy the beauty of a high-speed rail journey through Japan with this collection of exclusive picture-perfect cans.

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Enjoy traditional views of Mt Fuji from your very own luxury toilet

Japanese toilets continue to lead the way with a new range of beautifully decorative models.

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Make a bold fashion statement by swapping your briefcase for a teapot bag!

This unusual teapot-shaped bag is creating quite a stir in Japan.

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No electricity required for this elegant natural humidifier from Japan

It’s simple, eco-friendly and takes its cues from nature when keeping your house from getting too dry.

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Cats made out of bread bag clips—the pointless but undeniably cute Japanese Twitter trend

Need a new desk buddy? There’s one just a fold and a doodle away!

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Noisy neighbors? Need silence to study? These tiny dogs can help!

Get the peace and quiet you need by shoving a tiny dog in your ears!

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Trending technique for breaking apart chopsticks turns out to be clever new design by Muji

A tweet seemingly suggesting a clever new way to snap apart disposable chopsticks turns out to be an awesome product prototype for Muji.

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Manga, anime and video game artists draw each other’s pictures with surprising results

Japanese artists reveal their imaginative flair by drawing each other’s pictures from memory.

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Ten common characteristics of Japanese graphic design

Ever wonder what makes Japanese design so…Japanese? Here are ten techniques observed by the graphic design world that typify Japanese style.

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