At first glance, these appear to be giant orange baseballs, but they're actually "anti-crime orange balls". Their bright hue comes from the orange paint that fills them, and in the event of a robbery, store employees are instructed to fling them at the perpetrator. When it makes contact, they immediately, marking him or her with orange paint, making it easy for the police to apprehend them. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Not just any hoodie, the Mewgaroo, created by Japanese pet supply company Uninhabitat, boasts an integrated cat pouch up front specifically for feline snuggling. If you're worried about the cat hair / balls, the pouch has a washable liner that can be easily removed for washing. Have a tiny dog? They'll also be glad to spend some quality time with their owner in the cozy pouch. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
First there was the Star Wars Kid, now these Kendo swordsman from Japan take lightsaber battles to the next level. For those unfamiliar with this sport, it's basically a modern Japanese martial art descended from swordsmanship in which combatants use bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bogu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world. Continue reading to see the epic battle that ensued.
No, these aren't CG images, just Amezaiku, the art of crafting realistic animal lollipops that you can actually eat. This skill has been a Japanese tradition since the 8th century, and 26 year-old Shinri Tezuka is an expert at creating these edible works of art made from sugary syrup and starch, with a touch of organic food coloring. He actually has his own shop, called "Ameshin" that sells his animal confectionery for approximately 1000-2000 yen ($8-$17 USD), and also teaches those interested in learning the craft. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi specializes in creating contemporary fiber art with challenging materials, such as leaves, hornet's nest paper, grass, shells, and linen constitute. For her latest project: "Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms." To give them the solid shape, she added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves. Continue reading for more pictures.
People use ladders to access tree houses all the time, but rarely do we see them inside homes - besides home libraries. This Tokyo couple commissioned Hiroyuka Shinozaki Architects to give their 750 square-foot apartment a modern ninja makeover, one that maximizes interior space, and the result was a series of floating floors accessed by a network of ladders. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Japan's Eshima Ohashi bridge is the world's largest rigid-frame bridge in the country (and third largest in the world), but due to its extraordinarily steep incline on both sides, people have likened the structure to a roller coaster. It connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. Architectural engineers made it 44 meters tall, with a 5.1% and 6.1% incline on each side, so boats can safely utilize the lake for transportation. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
For those who don't live in Japan, Taiwan or China, maimai is basically an arcade rhythm game developed and distributed by Sega, in which the player interacts with objects on a touchscreen and executes dance-like movements. The game supports both single-player and multiplayer gameplay with up to 4 players. Various kinds of objects will appear at the center and approach the outer rim of the circular touchscreen. The player must tap, hold or slide on the touchscreen or surrounding buttons in time with the music, depending on the type of note. Continue reading for another video and more information.
A Japanese woman decided to get revenge on her cheating boyfriend by drowning his collection of Apple gadgets, including an iMac. In addition to the desktop computer, an iPhone, iPad and accessories also got a good wash. She then proceeded to take photos of the gadget tub, and sent them to him. Presumably on the one item of technology that he still had on him. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
Master craftsman Okano Nobuo from Japan has spent the past 33-years repairing damaged books and reconstituting them to look brand new, without the use of high-tech machinery. Recently, a customer brought in an old 1,000 page Japanese-English dictionary that looked tattered to say the least. Okano delicately began the repair process using basic tools, such as a wooden press, chisel, water and glue. Before you ask, yes, the job required Okano to flatten and iron all 1,000 pages by hand, using tweezers and an iron. The entire process was documented on a Japanese show called "Fascinating Craftsman" (Shuri, Bakaseru). Continue reading for a video and more information.