design

Japanese anime fans turn Twitter emojis into their favourite characters

Get ready for angry and smiley faces like you’ve never seen them before.

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Japanese artist finds a way to see through manga characters’ clothing【Video】

It turns out the secret to X-ray vision is a surprising item from a 100-yen shop.

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5 weird and wonderful Tokyo cafés worth a visit, perfect for breaking the ice on first dates

Go fishing, do some handicrafts, or just enjoy a nice cuppa with hedgehogs at these delightfully odd cafés.

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Japanese artists fall in love with new chocolate…for its anime-friendly packaging 【Photos】

From Sailor Moon to Pokémon and even the cast of Final Fantasy XV, this chocolate box is proving to be the perfect canvas for all sorts of different characters.

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Naked bodies invade streets of Japan in bizarre new “Time for Sushi” video

Sometimes you find crazy things on the streets of Japan, but this is just insane.

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Japanese high school student’s workshop project blows minds, hides things.

Looks like a simple block of wood? There’s a secret inside, or at least there could be!

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Coca-Cola releases five new gorgeous limited-edition bottles in Japan

Each of the locally-themed designs will be limited for sale in different regions of the country.

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Bright, fresh, breezy, and nowhere safe to pick your nose or scratch your arse?

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Tiny house by Muji finally goes on sale in Japan

The long-awaited release of the Muji Hut has finally arrived, and the first lots for sale come complete with a garden.

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Japanese master craftsman builds stunning tiny house on wheels【Video】

Featuring all-natural materials and even a built-in fireplace, this tiny home is filled with clever design details.

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Add colour to digital artworks instantly with new free web service

Artists in Japan and around the world are raving about this handy new tool.

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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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