12 April 2024

sweet dream

Osamu Watanabe is an artist who creates objet made with resin decoration. His works were strongly affected by his mother, a pastry teacher, and have fancy decoration covered on like sweets even if it is a skull or a traditional figurine. Kawaii or not?

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08 April 2024

history in 3D

The artist Atsushi Adachi is challenging to make history 3D, and WW2 is his latest theme. They look like just antique toys at a glance, but old Japanese newspaper was coverd on a Japanese fighter and American newspaper on the US bomber. Very unique but controversial art pieces.

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03 April 2024

lotus root

I know some people think it is weird but we Japanese eat lotus root. The poster pictured below is for promotion of the local vegitable and the unique caligraphy that we can read れんこん or lotus root is shaped a woman face. Can you read it?

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29 March 2024

not for beer bottles

These beer cases are made of iron, not plastic. They are art pieces made by a young artist, not for actual use for beer bottles, of course. Cool, aren't they?

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25 March 2024

blue bottle

A blue bottle, not the name of a coffee shop but a glass bottle for Sake. There must be a brand story behind this beautiful color and I can imagine the Sake has a clean taste, I am not a Sake drinker though. I want to keep only the empty bottle just for a flower vase in my room.

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20 March 2024

fox wedding

Rainfall in sunshine is called "fox wedding" in Japan, but I don't know why. 

The figurines of fox wedding couples pictured below are the votive offerings by visitors of a shrine I visited. I guess they are to make wishes for fullfillment of their love.

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15 March 2024

old advertising signs 

These are historic advertising signs that were made of metal plates. They are from the 1950's - 1970's, collected and well preserved by Masakatsu Itou. 

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We call them 琺瑯看板 or HouRou-KanBan because the early ones had an enamel glass coating. I think these are also valuable as creations from the early days of Japanese graphic design.

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11 March 2024

online love

You can find a shape of smartphone in the Japanese message "I love you". I guess this iron work has a strong ironic twist on the todays trend of online love.

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06 March 2024

metal flower

This metal flower created by a young artist Toshiki Oda is stunningly elaborate and incredibly beautiful.

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Various colors and textures can be expressed depending on the type of the materials. Just amazing.

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01 March 2024

contrast in materials

The contrast between the iron of the steam heater and the winding threads makes an atmosphere like a still life painting.

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26 February 2024

composition of materials

Unique art pieces were on the wall in the hotel room, which have simple composition of woods and metal. These are by the Osaka based artist Masayuki Tsubota whose works are varied from small desktop objet to big public art.

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21 February 2024

Osamu goods

Osamu Harada is a famous illustrator who passed away in 2016. His works were strongly affected by American pop culture as of 1940's - 1960's. He created colorful and enjoyable characters as  OSAMU GOODS series and adopted them to hundreds of gadgets and products. Some of them are still on the market and very popular even now.

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16 February 2024

stone age tools

These look like stone age tools, but they were recent art works. The stones are chipped out into the shape of brades which actually seem to work.

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12 February 2024

Raden works

These Raden works, a traditional craftwork which is coated by Urushi lacquer with shellfish embedded, are by Shinya Yamamura who was a co-graduate at the same college as me. I like his style which has unique combination of the traditional methods and modern design, especially the usage of geometric shapes is very cool. ( related page is here )

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07 February 2024

natural beauty

Stones which got the shape softened by washing down in a river are beautiful. We can appreciate them as an art objet when we displayed on the wall.

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02 February 2024

contrast in materials

This public space in the museum has metal walls with stripes which make there super cool.

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And the wooden chairs successfully contribute to generate its attractive contrast in materials.

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The chair itself is quite simple, only has slush rungs between legs which bring unique appearance in design.

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29 January 2024

glass apple

This glass apple has beautiful shape with unique dot patterns inside. I have no idea how it was made, but the artist Akiko Toda did it very well.

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24 January 2024

old glasses

These Japanese glasses are more than 100 years old and have special metal temples. Can you guess the reason behind the shape? 

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People in that era wore traditional hair style, so that it was difficult to use conventional ear glasses. Then people were using this style of glasses that clamped to their temples. 

Picture below should be another solution, although this one may be much older.

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19 January 2024

primitive

I'm not sure this one below I saw in the hotel lobby was the artist's work or traditional folk art, but it caught my eyes especially the detail where rice straw is carefully tied together with string by hand. It is primitive, pure and yet sincere. ( related page is here )

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15 January 2024

abandoned houses

This installation of iron works remind me abandoned houses after severe disaster, caused by war or earthquake.

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The only house which remained the roof and walls looks also empty. Life is not easy on this planet at all.

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