design

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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Travel back in time with these tourism posters from early 1900s Japan 【Pics】

The 20th century’s version of “Cool Japan” seems a lot cooler than the 21st century’s.

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Russian artist creates mind-blowing collection of eerily lifelike dolls

With such uncannily lifelike flesh and features, it’s hard to believe these dolls aren’t real.

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Japanese vending machine trash cans come to life in cute Tokyo photo collection

Japanese vending machines always get lavished with attention but now it’s time for their trash cans to step into the spotlight.

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New glassware from Japan uses condensation to create sakura cherry blossom imprints on your table

Because you might be too old to play with your food, but you’re not too old to play with your glasses.

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What a powerpoint presentation by the Tokugawa Shogunate would look like in Edo period Japan

In an era of executions and forced suicides, this is one presentation you wouldn’t want to doze off in.

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