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Dreamlike Landscapes by Marumiyan

Art, Japan

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These dreamlike images are the work of Marumiyan, a Japanese designer and illustrator. While all of Marumiyan’s work has the same intricate, collage-like quality, these works depicting surreal landscapes really stood out for me.

I’ll definitely be posting more of his works again, but in the mean time you can check out his extensive portfolio here.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lolo Veleko

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Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko is an acclaimed fine art photographer known for her depiction of South African street style. Her work strongly resembles Shoichi Aoki’s Fruits .

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Beautiful Girls: The Art of Yoshinori Shizuma

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Japan

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These illustrations are the work of Yoshinori Shizuma, a mangaka whose work was recently featured in the book 100 Masters of Bishojo Painting (絵師100人). The book’s available from Amazon and J-List, you can also check out his official site here.

Enjoy!

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Pecanpals: Wooden Designer Toys

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Peacanpals is a range of wooden designer toys  by husband and wife duo Nick and Candy, who work collectively under the name Noferin. While the use of wood for designer toys is unusual, the material compliments the character’s simple organic forms and gives the toys warmth and personality. Hand crafting and the use of sustainable rubber tree wood also gives these toys a lasting value unusual in the realm of popular culture.

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Learning Japanese: Tips and Tricks

Japan, Traditional Japan

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As a huge fan of Japanese culture it was inevitable that I started to pick phrases like “Baka! Kawaai!” and “Sugoii!”. So it was only a matter of time before I decided to put my time watching anime to use, and try to learn the language. Almost a decade later I’m still learning and honestly I haven’t improved that much. Partly it’s because I’ve only studied on and off, but also because even when I did work hard my methods weren’t great. So how can you improve faster and easier? These are some of the things I’ve learned the hard way…

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Takuya Angel & The Kimono Rivival

Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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These beautiful images are from Takuya Angel, a relatively small fashion brand with a devoted fan following. Takuya Angel is unusual in that it combines elements of traditional Japanese and contemporary clothing. Pieces are adapted for a modern lifestyle using bright colors and unexpected materials like polyester, velvet and fur. Takuya Angel has also been influenced anime and manga, inspired by a fresh depiction of the past seen in series like Samurai Champloo.

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Pic of the Day: Harajuku Lovers

Fashion, Japan, Pic of the Day

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The subject of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lover’s is one that deserves a full rant, but I’m not really able to make up my mind about it at present. For now at least enjoy this sugary sweet image from her ad campaign.

Video Game Spotlight: Ōkami

Design, Japan

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Ōkami is a great action-adventure game developed by Clover and published by Capcom for the PSII and Wii. While sales of the game were poor, it earned praise from critics, loyal fans and the title of IGN’s 2006 Game of the Year.

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Scans: Retro Kimono & Hairstyles

Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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These retro-inspired kimono are a throwback to the large bold prints popular during the Taisho era from 1912-1925. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got these from, but I did get that link from the Immortal Geisha Forums – always a great resource for anything related to kimonos.

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Pic of the Day: Sweet Lolita

Fashion, Japan, Pic of the Day

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Via Flickr.