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Georgeous Cinematography in Sakuran

Design, Inspiration, Japan, Photography, Traditional Japan

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Sakuran was the directorial début of photographer Mika Ninagawa and was based on the manga by the same name. The film has some exceptional cinematography, not to mention gorgeous sets and costumes in rich jewel colors. Although the movie does lag in places, it’s much too pretty to miss if you have any interest in oiran or geisha.

Pics via AsiaBeam.

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Beautiful Images by Natala Kantala

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Simply superb art by Japanese illustrator Natala Kantala. The combination of delicate linework, detailed backgrounds and beautiful colors make for work that is top class.

Click here for his official website.

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Gothic Fairy Tale: The Work of Vania Zouravliov

Art, Design, Inspiration

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Vania Zouravliov is a Russian-born artist who does beautiful and intricate drawings with gothic subject matter. His masterful draftsmanship is reminiscent of vintage illustration, just taken to a much darker place.

Click to check out his gallery page.

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Silence Television: The Work of Gianmarco Magnani

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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I love the clean cool lines in these works by artist Gianmarco Magnani aka Silence Television. His works are simple with elegant compositions.

Instead of backgrounds, text and logos are used as decorative elements, adding another layer of meaning to his works. Similarly the band Sixty Watts does not it exist, it’s entirely fictional but serves as the focal-point for Gianmarco Magnani’s music-themed works.

You can check out the Silence Television website here or buy prints at his Society 6 page.

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Happy 4th Birthday Hatsune Miku! Wallpapers

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Some of you might already know that I love Hastune Miku. For those of you unfamiliar with the teal haired songstress she’s a mascot character developed by Crypton Future Media for their virtual singing software Vocaloid.

However Miku has evolved to become much more than that; she really is the first “virtual idol”. Her success has been driven by an active fan community; most of her popular songs were written and produced by fans using the Vocaloid software, not to mention the contribution of artists who continue to create and recreate the Miku persona.

There’s Miku merchandise and even virtual Miku concerts (using 3D projection). Recently advertisements for the Toyota Corolla featuring Hatsume Miku marked her début into the American mainstream, although only time will tell if she’ll be able to garner the same kind of support she’s seen in Japan. Regardless her success has already made her an icon. Happy birthday Miku!

Wallpapers via MikuMix.

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Sweet Nippon: The Work of Yumiko Kayukawa

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Yumiko Kayukawa is a Japanese artist whose paintings combine American pop-culture with a love of nature rooted in the rural Japanese scenes of her youth. The result is a lot of pretty girls and cute animals living in their own sweet paradise.

Check out her official website here.

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Dream Shangri-Las by Aya Kato

Art, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Aya Koto’s illustrations are simply amazing. Colourful and complex each almost overwhelm the eye with an overabundance of detail, as traditional Japanese motifs are reimagined into dream landscapes.

Click here to see some of Aya Kato’s darker, more gothic work, or check out her official website.

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Gothic Nouveau by Aya Kato

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Aya Kato is a Japanese illustrator whose ink work combines decorative linework and traditional Japanese ink painting. Her work is reminiscent of Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley, if Beardsley drew gothic shoujo manga.

A second part features her impressive color works.

You can also check out her official website here.

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Scans: Punk Lolita

Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Japan

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Here’s a few scans from Kera and other Japanese fashion magazines via Get Into The Fashion (mostly).
Most of these pictures are not of “proper” Lolita, rather it’s a bit of Lolita, a bit of punk, and a bit of Japanese street style.
Enjoy.

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Dark Desires by Bruno Dayan

Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Photography

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This is post continues from the last to feature more work from fashion photographer Bruno Dayan. These works are darker and are more blatantly erotic, but in all of them you can see Dayan’s skill as a photographer.

Click here for the first post, Beautiful Dreams by Bruno Dayan.

Or check out Dayan’s official website here.

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