New Japanese Marshmallow Confections Almost Too Pretty to Eat

After over a year and a half in development, an aesthetically impressive brand of innovative sweets has been launched by the long-established Japanese confectionery store “Tsurugi no Yusho Honpo” in Okayama. The new Japanese brand of marshmallow confections are handmade without any artificial colors or ingredients and are unique in both taste and appearance. Read more

Five Fun Fumi Mailboxes by S&O Design for Sugita Ace

FUMI mailboxes

Japanese designers Hisakazu Shimizu and Eizo Okada of S&O Design have created five new stylish mailboxes for Japana’s Sugita Ace. The Fumi collection consists of three colored iconographic designs and two designs inspired by traditional Japanese architecture and all are available for purchase. Read more

Lucasfilm and Run’a Release Stunning Star Wars Japanese Woodblock Prints

Star Wars Japanese Woodblock Prints

Lucasfilm has teamed up with Run’a, a Japanese manufacturer, to create three traditional woodblock prints featuring the beloved characters of Star Wars giving the sci-fi film franchise a touch of a centuries old Japanese tradition. Read more

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

Prepare To Be Amazed. And Hungry. Over 50 Sushi Rolls Too Cool To Eat.

sushi rolls too cool to eat

Here are over 50 incredibly impressive pieces of sushi. Rolled with dyed rice and vegetables and wrapped in seaweed, they are then sliced to reveal images ranging from fine art reproductions such as Boticelli’s Birth of Venus to anime characters to piles of corn-speckled feces complete with flies. Read more

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

Flesh Love 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

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

The Bird Apartment – Collective Housing For 78 Birds and One Human.

Nendo Bird Apartment

The Nendo Bird Apartment is a an unusual treehouse designed by Japanese design firm Nendo for the Ando Momofuku Center, a facility devoted to promoting and increasing access to nature activities. The facility is located in a forest in Komoro City in Japan’s mountainous Nagano Prefecture. Nendo’s treehouse is designed to be collective housing for many birds and one person. Read more