Although the sakura, or cherry blossom, tends to be associated with Japanese culture, this delicate pink blossom’s beauty is appreciated in cities around the world. Come springtime, these small trees (which, contrary to their name, do not bear fruit) become an attraction for entire cities full of people ready to experience their springtime beauty.
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There are many different ways that artists and city municipalities can work together to decorate their cities, but it seems like city administrators in Japan have come up with one solution that is as unexpected and whimsical as it is creative and beautiful – decorated manhole covers. Each municipality takes pride in its manhole cover design, which can display anything from municipal symbols and local landscapes to abstract patterns or illustrations of local legends.
People will always find a way to make their cats even more embarrassed and adorable than ever before. For maximum cuteness, just stuff your cat into this cozy and cute-looking burger bun cat bed. It seems like the burger bed saw its first hint at internet fame after it was “reviewed” by Maru, the Japanese celebrity cat who had previously gone viral for his playful manner and box-related antics.
A 92-year-old Japanese woman’s amazing collection of painstakingly-crafted traditional Japanese temari handballs has been unveiled to the public for the first time – and it’s all thanks to her granddaughter, Flickr user NanaAkua. Apparently, her grandmother learned the technique of this traditional Japanese New Year‘s day gift in the 60s and had not stopped creating new ones ever since.
What first comes to mind when you see an American flag? Freedom, the Statue of Liberty, or maybe a big juicy burger? This last association has been used by French photographer Jonathan Icher in his “Fat Flag” photo series. With the help of make-up artist Anastasia Parquet, Icher picked five different nationalities and put their iconic foods into his models’ mouths.
Japanese student-artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi have created a prize-winning series of images that explore our relationships with each other in an interesting way – by using x-ray images to strip away the skin, hair and flesh that we usually associate with intimate contact. Kanda and Hayashi used full-body x-ray imaging and CT scan systems to picture four different couples as they rested intimately together. The result is a series of ghostly white skeletons tangles in loving embraces.
Cats often like a stroll outside, but that can cause some stress for their owners. To keep his feline friend safe, close to home and happy, one Japanese cat owner built this awesome fenced outdoor catwalk around the walls of his house. The creation makes sure that the cat can get some fresh air, but stay where you could always find it. Gotta admit, in a country with a shortage of space for people and pets alike, this structure is a really great idea!
There is a new photo trend called “Makankosappo” among Japanese schoolgirls these days – teenagers seem to be using dangerous techniques they’ve learned from Dragon Ball on their classmates. Judging by the photos, a single energy attack like that can send all the surrounding classmates flying.
The spectacular views of the wisteria flowers at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan is another shining example of Japanese perception of beauty and architecture. The private garden hosts around 150 wisteria flowering plants of 20 different species. The crown jewel of the garden, however, is the stunning wisteria tunnel, where visitors can walk surrounded by hanging multicolored flowers.
If you’re a dog person, you might get a bit skeptical about this post. Just another cute kitten hitting the internet, right? But seriously – isn’t Daisy just the loveliest, fuzziest little ball of fur EVER? These incredibly cute photos were done by Daisy’s owner Ben Torode, who’s not even a professional photographer. Australia-born, Japan-based guy works as a translator, but photographs kittens for a hobby and sells the photos on Getty Images.
During the gloomy winters we all need something to color and light up our lives. The Japanese devoted a whole botanical garden for that purpose, and transformed it into a 7 million LED light winter illumination. Located on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, the installations in the Nabana no Sato garden were opened just this week.
You’ve probably heard a lot of stories about crop circles and aliens, but surprisingly a Japanese photographer Yoji Ookata has found something similar underwater. He discovered a mysterious sand circle while diving off the coast of Japan. It was almost 6 feet in diameter laying around 80 feet below the sea level. Yoji decided to came back with a TV crew to figure out this strange phenomenon.