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Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.

The Art of Suminagashi

The Art of Suminagashi

Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese craft that produces amazing marbled patterns on paper. Linh My Truong of the Textile Arts Center in New York City demonstrates several techniques for manipulating inks in a water bath to produce various cool patterns. Her tools include a cat’s whisker and a drinking straw.

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Musha & Goketsu Playing Cards

Musha & Goketsu Playing Cards

Card Experiment’s dramatic decks feature colorful images inspired by traditional Japanese Musha-e woodblock prints. The series of three decks include intricate illustrations of Suikoden warrior figures on their face cards. The Musha cards feature light imagery, while the Goketsu has a darker and more ominous look.

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

There are tons of wallets to choose from these days, but we’ve never seen one that looks like this. It has an all-aluminum body with an aesthetic inspired by Japanese cyberpunk anime. Each one is made from numerous CNC-machined parts, with exposed Torx screwheads to complete the look. Available in 3 customizable designs.

Making Kumiko Lattice

Making Kumiko Lattice

The Japanese craft of Kumiko requires the cutting and assembly of thousands of tiny, carefully cut sticks of wood, each individually placed to form intricate lattice panels. This video from Japan’s Shiroishi Woodworks gives us an idea of the level of effort that goes into each piece, as woodworker Tatsuo Kurozu plies his craft.

Ukiyo-e Heroes Rage Quit T-Shirt

Ukiyo-e Heroes Rage Quit T-Shirt

The Rage Quit t-shirt features a woodblock-style print designed by Jed Henry, maker of the Ukiyo-e Heroes prints. It sees an angry gamer tattooed with characters from Super Mario Bros. and a pile of controllers spilling out of his body after committing seppuku.

The Rick Dance (Japanese)

The Rick Dance (Japanese)

The dance from the Rick and Morty episode Ricksy Business is entertaining all on its own. But it’s just that much better in the Japanese dubbed version shown here. Though “wubba-lubba-dub-dub” is the same in all languages.

FightCrab

FightCrab

Alpha footage from Japanese indie developer Nussoft’s upcoming game Kani no Kenka aka FightCrab aka The Fight Game You Didn’t Know You Needed. Watch in awe as two sword-wielding crustaceans battle it out to the death. Loser goes to Red Lobster.

The Good Life: Story Trailer

The Good Life: Story Trailer

The latest game from Deadly Premonition creator SWERY, and developer Yukio Futatsugi of Phantom Dust fame looks like a trip. It’s a daily life sim RPG in which you play a journalist who must pay off a massive debt, and along the way uncover the secrets of a small UK town.

Yuji Kaida Coloring Ultra Monster

Yuji Kaida Coloring Ultra Monster

A fantastic Japanese import for fans of monster movies, this 96-page coloring book is loaded with Yuji Kaida’s line art illustrations of classic monsters and creatures, including Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, and more. Drops 10/2018.

Star Wars Bento Boxes

Star Wars Bento Boxes

Tote your fish, veggies, and rice around in your favorite Star Wars characters. These stackable bento sets come in R2-D2, BB-8, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and C-3PO versions, and are made from BPA-free plastics. The bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Back in Black: Japanese Style

Back in Black: Japanese Style

NHK Blends presents a wonderfully mellowed-out version of AC/DC’s 1980 rock classic Back in Black, performed on traditional Japanese instruments, including the shime-daiko, shakuhachi, and koto with a few owl calls thrown in for good measure.

Sumi Playing Cards

Sumi Playing Cards

Card Experiment teamed up with illustrator ToK to create a beautiful deck of playing cards inspired by traditional Japanese tattoo art. The precise and dramatic artwork incorporates stylistic elements of ukiyo-e, blending images of mythical creatures and nature.

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Retro Tech: The Panapic

Retro Tech: The Panapic

Techmoan looks at another strange and wonderful bit of retro technology. This time, he unboxes a 40-year-old gadget from Japan that does something we’ve never seen before. We won’t spoil the surprise, and will let you discover it for yourself.

The Go Ranger Challenge

The Go Ranger Challenge

In this skit from the Japanese variety show Gaki Tsuka, the cast dress up as Power Ranger-style heroes. But they each have to wear different colored costumes purely by chance. It gets hilarious, then boring, then annoying, and back again. It’s the human equivalent of MasterMind.

The Great Monster off Kanagawa

The Great Monster off Kanagawa

Designer Michael “DinoMike” Buxton combines two iconic Japanese images, as Gojira himself stomps through the Great Wave off Kanagawa. Available on t-shirts, notebooks, wall art, phone cases, tote bags, throw pillows, and even an awesome duvet cover for your bed.

Hot-o Peppa Peepa Pay Poppy

Hot-o Peppa Peepa Pay Poppy

A series of Japanese commercials from 2009 we stumbled across on YouTube, featuring a woman singing about hot peppers as the Peanuts gang jams out in the background. It’s almost as catchy as the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen song. Dance remix here.

The Tire Ski Jump

The Tire Ski Jump

We’re currently in Tokyo for a few days, so there’s no better time to feature this hilarious bit of old Japanese TV in which they launched a series of car and truck tires down a ski ramp to see how far they would fly. We’re pretty sure this is how Katamari Damacy started.

Making Mud Balls

Making Mud Balls

Who knew mixing mud and water could result in such beautiful and shiny spheres? We sure didn’t. Artist Bruce Gardner shows a brief glimpse into the Japanese tradition of Hikaru Dorodango, in this short film by P2 Photography. Learn to DIY on Instructables.

Smooth Criminal: Japanese Cover

Smooth Criminal: Japanese Cover

Bamboo flautist (we just like that word) Yoshimi Tsujimoto is accompanied by two talented koto players for a truly unique rendition of Michael Jackson’s 1987 classic Smooth Criminal, with a traditional Japanese flair.

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Japanese Commercial Reel

Japanese Commercial Reel

George Kareman is looking for an acting gig. Unfortunately, all of his work has been in Japanese commercials, so he might have a bit of trouble selling his skills here in the states. Yes, we know this is probably fake, but it’s still funny.

How to Use Chopsticks

How to Use Chopsticks

It starts out like any other slightly awkward educational video, but this clip descends into utter madness the longer and longer you stick around through its 3-minute lesson. We’re using that “Galaxy” move the next time we eat out.

“Banned” Furby Commercial

“Banned” Furby Commercial

If Furbies didn’t freak you out enough already, they will after you watch this hilariously warped take on Japanese commercials from YouTuber MikeDiva. You have been warned.

Manga Sound FX Rings

Manga Sound FX Rings

You’ll have to find a way to order them from Japan, but RGB Laboratory’s bold rings based on the chunky sound effect characters from manga are well worth the effort.

Nintendo Wii U Unboxing

Nintendo Wii U Unboxing

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unboxes one of the first Nintendo Wii U consoles off the assembly line, presumably wearing gloves to keep this fingerprint magnet from glazing over with grease.

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