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Short Film: Snack Track

Short Film: Snack Track

We’re getting hungry just watching this short animated stop-motion flick by Brooklyn animator Lori Samsel. The entire animation was made from Japanese rice crackers. Crunchy and delicious!

Green Float Environmental Island

Green Float Environmental Island

Japan’s Shimizu Corporation recently unveiled plans for a self sufficient floating ecotopia covered in vegetation that generates its own power, grows food, manages waste and provides clean water.

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Japanese Nutcracker

Japanese Nutcracker

These men are nutcrackees. They’re asked to recite a tongue twister without failing or else face the wrath of the Japanese nutcracker, aka the nut catapult. We’d rather put animals in our mouths.

Polo Shirt Portrait

Polo Shirt Portrait

20 staffers arranged 2,700 polo shirts in 24 different colors to make a portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh as part of a campaign by Japanese apparel maker Onward Kashiyama.

Air Conditioned Bed

Air Conditioned Bed

The air conditioned bed from Kuchofuku uses quiet, low power dual-fans at the foot of the bed, which you won’t hear while sleeping. The air circulates from behind your head through the mattress.

TY KU Sake Liqueur

TY KU Sake Liqueur

TY KU, the world’s only sake-based beverage, is a liqueur filled with a bouquet of 20-odd flowers and fruits, including elderflower syrup, yuzu, plum and green tea, packaged in a self-illuminating bottle.

Citizen Eco-Drive DOME Watch

Citizen Eco-Drive DOME Watch

We love the sleek modern styling and multi-function display on Citizen’s limited-edition 80th anniversary timepiece. Too bad you have to go to Japan if you want one. Let’s hope for exports.

Tetsuo: The Bulletman

Tetsuo: The Bulletman

We don’t care that it’s in Japanese. This horror / action flick looks awesome. The story centers on a man who loses everything and becomes an iron-celled-metal-man hell-bent on revenge.

Blue Lug Owl Backpack

Blue Lug Owl Backpack

Online Japanese shop Blue Lug is offering the simply designed owl backpack. The outer belt is adjustable to offer increased amounts of storage. Made of water resistant nylon; offered in 4 colors.

Y-3 Honja Stud Pack Shoe

Y-3 Honja Stud Pack Shoe

Normally we wouldn’t consider studding up a pair of kicks, but the truly attention-grabbing Honja high and low top Studs Pack from Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 are making us rethink that idea. Out later this year.

Trailer: Outrage

Trailer: Outrage

Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage is premiering at Cannes next month. This official Japanese trailer for the film has no subtitles, but you’ll be able to see how badass the film is even without the dialogue.

Retro Ultra Monster Posters

Retro Ultra Monster Posters

We are enjoying the hyper-saturated colors and dynamic perspectives in these vintage monster movie posters by Japanese artist Takayoshi Mizuki. He created this work between 1965 and 1972.

Pass The Animal

Pass The Animal

In this bizarre Japanese game show, contestants must transfer an animal from one bowl to another by passing it to each other – using their mouths. Wrong on so many levels, but funny as hell.

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Nike Music Shoe Video

Nike Music Shoe Video

Weird-wonderful combo: a secret live performance in Tokyo from Japanese breakbeat maestros Hifana. In the video they’re playing music with Nike Free Run+ shoes. Dig those shoebox speakers.

Digital Harinezumi 2+ Camera

Digital Harinezumi 2+ Camera

This pocket-sized camera looks like a roll of old 110 film, but the Harinezumi 2+ is actually a 3MP digital camera. It won’t beat your Nikon – it’s built for shooting stylized stills and short videos.

PS3 Slim Portable

PS3 Slim Portable

When Sony released the PS3 Slim, they definitely cut down on the bulk of the original.The guys at Japan’s Hori have decided to make the console “portable”-(ish) with this 720p PS3 display.

Geminoid F Robot Clone

Geminoid F Robot Clone

The Geminoid F robot was created by a Japanese scientist to look just like its human doppelgänger, and can even show emotions. We have seriously stepped into the uncanny valley here.

Custom Japanese Scooters

Custom Japanese Scooters

Tiny two-wheelers pimped out to the next level, these scooters break boundaries with bodies and seats as wide as those found in choppers, huge tires, and loud designs and color schemes.

Gundam w/Beam Saber

Gundam w/Beam Saber

The 59-foot Gundam may have been dismantled, but it’ll get a second lease on life (and some Minovsky particles) in July: it’ll be rebuilt outside Shizuoka station with a beam saber.

Sanforized Denim Wallet

Sanforized Denim Wallet

It’s a pity that Porter’s Sanforized Denim Wallets are Japan-only, because we’d love to cop a few to match our dark-wash jeans; each features a white canvas interior and snaps shut.

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LEGO Sequencer MR II

LEGO Sequencer MR II

The recording is a bit grating on the ears, but we appreciate that Yoshi Akai literally lets you build music: his 3-channel, 8-step sequencer uses LEGO bricks instead of synthesizer keys.

Characters Trailer: Yakuza 3

Characters Trailer: Yakuza 3

We’ve known from the get-go of Yakuza 3’s emphasis on cinematics and storytelling, but this Characters Trailer gives us the low-down on the game’s good, the bad, and the really bad.

Early Influences: Yakuza 3

Early Influences: Yakuza 3

With Yakuza 3 due out 3/9/10, this Early Influences doc gives us a glimpse into the mind of producer Toshihiro Nagoshi; he discusses facial details, cinematics and Japanese style.

Japanese: Armored Core 5

Japanese: Armored Core 5

Molten metal speaks louder than words in this Japanese Debut Teaser for Armored Core 5; due out late 2010, this iteration will shift the focus from speed to violent mech-on-mech action.

Stop Motion: Bad Apple

Stop Motion: Bad Apple

Whether or not you believe that this Bad Apple video was made without photo-editing, it’s still a pretty badass stop-motion piece; it was created with 6,566 printouts captured on a webcam.

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