Fly Me To The Moon Fantasia Is Edible Art Made of Bean Paste

Japanese confectionary store Nagato launched a limited edition, fantastical edible treat, Fly Me To The Moon Fantasia, and even though it doesn’t ship until January 25th. it’s already sold out. Once when you see it, you’ll know why. Read more

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Impressive Creativity Inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave

inspired by hokusai's the great wave

Hokusai’s Under The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa, better known simply as ‘The Great Wave‘ is the single most famous Japanese color woodblock print in history. Created in the Edo Period, around 1831, the image has been reproduced millions of times in many forms. Read more

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Big Rice Straw Beasts Sculpted For The Wara Straw Art Festival.

You may or may not have seen images of large sculpted straw beasts, recently being shared all over the internet. Truth be told, they are not new, but are actually a few years old (from 2010 and 2011) from the annual Wara Straw Art festival in Niigata. According to CNN Travel, The Wara Art Matsuri takes place every year in two locations in Niigata, at Kanko Shisetsu Iwamuroya (96-1 Iwamuro Onsen, Nishikan-ku, Niigata) and Uwasekigata park (1 Matsunoo, Nishikan-ku, Niigata).








The festival is an annual celebration of Autumn where local people and college students of Art and Architecture departments create some impressive straw art in Nishikan-ku, an area is said to have the “largest paddy fields in the country,” according to Japan Style.











The art is created from rice straw by locals and college students. The structures are made from pipes and wood sticks, then the straw is added, taking about a week per piece to complete.

images are courtesy of Kotaku and CNN Travel

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Flesh Love. 80 Vacuum-Sealed Couples Photographed by Haruhiko Kawaguchi.

Haruhiko Kawaguchi, who goes by the name Photographer Hal, is a Tokyo photographer and artist whose project FLESH LOVE literally vacuum packs couples of all types in 100x150x74 cm plastic bags. The idea is to keep love fresh forever. Once the air is sucked out of the bag by a vacuum cleaner, Kawaguchi only has about 10-20 seconds to take his pictures. Any longer and he would risk causing harm to his subjects. Read more

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Daisy Balloon. Crazy Couture Creations Filled With Air.

Daisy Balloon Couture Creations

Daisy Balloon is balloon artist Rie Hosokai (born 1976) and art director/graphic designer Takashi Kawada (born 1976). Together they have created fashions, hats and more by knitting balloons of various sizes, shapes and colors together. Making the world their stage, this balloon unit travels the globe to exhibit their art.

Daisy Balloon Couture Creations

Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Below are just a few of my favorite designs of theirs from exhibitions, editorials, websites and various publications.

Sunday Issue
artwork : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
artdirection : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography : hiroshi manaka (tiimu)
head stylist : kunio kohzaki (tron)
make-up : ebara (miyabi)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

above photos for Sunday Issue courtesy of antjeverena

For The Daisy Balloon Website
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
art direction : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography: hiroshi manaka (tiimu / nam)
hair-dreesing & make-up : rie suda
stylist : tastuhiko marumoto (eight peace)
photo retouch : yoshiaki sakurai (iino graphic images / nam)
interactive design,technical direction : yusuke oshima
flash : takuya fukuda(tagflug)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Christmas Card for Laforet
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Exuviation
Artwork : Daisy Balloon
Production : Atsushi Umezawa
Photography: Satoshi Minakawa
Styling : Kumiko Iijima
Hair&Make-up : Noboru Tomizawa
Model : Ninon Webb
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Osaka Takashimaya
Curation : Daisuke Nagamori / Naohito Miyagi / Momoko Yamada
Artwork+Graphic Design : Daisy Balloon
Photography: Hiroshi Manaka / Photo Retouch : Yoshiaki Sakurai
Make-up : Ken Nakano / Hair : Koji Ichikawa / Stylist : Koji Oyamada
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Rich Magazine
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
art direction : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography : shoji uchida
styling : miki aizawa
hair & make-up : hirokazu niwa (maroonbrand)
model : iruka (okazaki models)
photo retouch : makoto harikae
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Fiercive Magazine
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
photography: hiroshi manaka (tiimu / nam)
hair-dreesing & make-up : go utsugi (switch management & produce)
stylist : tastuhiko marumoto (eight peace)
photo retouch : mika yagihashi (pygmalion)
model : gwen (bravo)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Chocolate A-Z exhibition in Hong Kong (Harbour City)
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
art direction : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography: hiroshi manaka (tiimu / nam)
hair-dreesing & make-up : rie suda
stylist : tastuhiko marumoto (eight peace)
photo retouch : yoshiaki sakurai (iino graphic images / nam)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

A few random designs of their from over the years:
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Balloon Bridal
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

The Daisy Balloon Book Cover
Artwork : Rie Hosokai / Art Direction : Takashi Kawada
Photography: Hiroshi Manaka / Make-up : Ebara
Hair : Koji Ichikawa / Stylist : Koji Oyamada
Model : Ira Shushiebina / Photo Retouch : Yoshiaki Sakurai
Set Production : Yoshihito Tada
Production : Daisy Balloon / Book Design : Takashi Kawada
Editor : Arata Sasaki / Translator : Saori Hamada
Print : YAMADA PHOTO PROCESS CO.,LTD / Paper : Heiwa Paper Co., Ltd.
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
images courtesy of Daisy Balloon, Rie Hosokai and Trendland

See More At Daisy Balloon
Tokyo, Japan
info@daisyballoon.com

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Gucci Goes Manga. The Italian Brand Collaborates With Illustrator Hirohiko Araki For Window Displays and SPUR Magazine

Gucci Manga

Italian brand Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini and renowned Japanese Manga artist, Hirohiko Araki, have collaborated to create Guggi Manga: special store window displays featuring the Japanese artist’s illustrations and the Gucci 2013 Cruise Collection. An exclusive Manga (Japanese comic strip), inspired by the collection, is also featured in Japan’s SPUR Magazine. Read more

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Portraits Made With A Single Unbroken Black Thread Wrapped Around Nails.

above: Constellation Steffan, Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita, who now lives and works in New York, has been featured on several design sites for her amazing Origami Light and Shadow project (shown below) in which Japanese paper and creased and mounted on the wall to give off a shadow that emulates a human face profile. Read more

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Sushi With Style. Laser Cut Designer Nori Created For Umino Seaweed Shop.

designer nori

Laser cut designer Nori, initially created as a promotional campaign for a Japanese seaweed store, is available for purchase and has been included in an exhibit of 19th century Japanese stencil art. Read more

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Manga Meets Modern In The Work of Jessica Lichtenstein.

The Work of Jessica Lichtenstein

Antique chairs paired with risqué textiles and large mounted word sculptures inside of which are stylized fetishized illustrations of women frolicking in landscapes are some of the ways in which Manga and Modern are incorporated into the work of artist Jessica Lichtenstein. Read more

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Artist Kimiko Yoshida And Her Stunning Self-Portraits

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above: MINOTAUR BY PICASSO. SELF-PORTRAIT, 2007-2009, Archival Digital Print on canvas, anti-UV varnish, 142 x 142 cm or 59 x 59 inches

Artist Kimiko Yoshida was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1963 and left her home country, as a result of feeling the oppression against women. She now lives in Europe and has since 1995. The prolific artist has been transforming herself into various representations of herself and others in several series of self portraits (painting herself and then photographing it) since she began her career. Read more

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