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In Japanese Game Show, Celebrities Eat Random Objects That Might Be Chocolate

Chomp on an object that you see everyday around you, and it just might be a chocolate, or it might be what it looks like. Japanese sokkuri (‘look alike’) sweets are desserts that look like everyday objects. Recently on a game show, celebrities and participants were asked to bite everyday objects; some of which were desserts, and others were exactly what they looked like.

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Art Weird

Scrolls From 1600s Japan Illustrate the Glories of Farting

Farting was the shit in 1600s Japan, as these scrolls that depict a farting competition show. While the act of farting is glorified as it should be, the scrolls delve further into various positions that a person can take to completely destroy the opposition. It’s an aim, lock, and fire thing, but ingesting copious amount of beans is very likely to give you an edge. The images belong to Edo-era Japan (1603-1868).

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Art Featured

Japanese Ogre God ‘Nikne-Kamuy’ Sculpture by Takayuki Takeya

Nikne-Kamuy, or the Japanese Ogre God sculpture by artist Takayuki Takeya (previously) is rooted in ancient Japanese history and myths from folklore. The name of the sculpture is derived from the Ainu language. Ainu are an indigenous group living in the north of Japan, and have there own language and culture, with roots probably going as deep as the pre-historic Jomon-era Japan.

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Art Cool

Straw Sculptures From Japan

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Once they are done harvesting rice in Japan, they put the straw to real good use by creating sculptures that are displayed at the “Straw Art Festival” in the Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture. Traditionally, this straw was used to thatch roofs, and now that thatching isn’t needed, they use a similar process to make beasts out of the straw.

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Art Featured

Classroom Chalkboard Art in Japan

Students in Japan make excellent use of their classroom chalkboards, creating these impressive drawings and illustrations that make great use of the abundant negative space. Apparently, these chalkboards are placed at the back of the classrooms, so it is likely the teachers don’t really mind students using that area to draw these awesome things. Themes usually revolve around anime and manga characters, though they do occasionally go beyond that.

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Geek

Batman in Traditional Style Medieval Japan

Illustrations by Scott Wade put Batman and associated characters in the midst of action in medieval Japan. The series include Batman, Gordon and Mr. Freeze, all transported to be comfortable in the setting of feudal Japan. The style given the time period, is quite similar to the better known Japanese woodblock print gaming series by artist Jed Henry.

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Art Cool

Artsy Rice/Paddy Fields of Japan

Japan’s tanbo art or rice paddy art is quite famous and we often get to see images of the rice fields transformed into famous characters or portraits. Of course new iterations of the wonderful rice field arts come up after a while and surely deserve the love they ask for.

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Robots

Japan Wants to Build a Real Gundam

A couple of years ago, Japan built itself a Gundam. Well, just an inanimate life size replica that could do a bit of maneuvering, much unlike the real Gundam. Apparently, leaders from Japan’s not so liberal Liberal Democratic Party are thinking of building Gundam, mechas that could possibly be used by the country’s defense establishment.

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Automobiles

Super Crash: Pile-up on Japanese Highway Claims 8 Ferraris, 2 Mercedes and a Lamborghini

A road in Japan, henceforth referred to as the supercar graveyard saw what could be the most expensive car crash ever. The pile-up is said to have claimed 14 luxury cars that included 8 Ferraris, 2 Mercedes and a Lamborghini, most of them totaled and headed to the scrapyard.

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Automobiles Weird

Cars With Huge Ears Spotted In Japan

In Japan, even cars have ears. No, I’m not talking of some new voice recognition technology, but fiberglass ears that have appeared on a couple of cars in Japan. The cars have been made as part of a promotional event for the Tokyo Motor Show. Made by The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association working with TOKYO FM and J-WAVE, these cars actually will listen through their ears. Embedded recorders in the ears will capture public opinion, which we believe will mostly be on the lines of wtf is that ugly thing!