Totomame is an artist responsible for some stunning pieces of art, you can check them out on his Pixiv account. Clearly he’s taken inspiration from the craze that is Pokemon Go as he’s recently done some very striking pieces of Pokemon art. Some of these are really cute, like Meowth, however some look very menacing. Blastoise anyone?
Picking up your luggage at the airport can sometimes be stressful especially when you’re waiting after a long flight and then get paranoid when you don’t see it on the carousel. It normally turns up on the carousel when you least expect but now the wait can be a bit more easier with some cool distractions.
Various airports in Japan have now started to display pieces of eye catching art to make the wait easier and more pleasant for the weary traveller.
Asahikawa Airport advertising for the Asahikawa Zoo.
Toyama Kitokito Airport promoting the fresh clean ocean waters of Toyama.
Okayama Airport with Momotaro, the story of the child hero born from a peach began back in Okayama. Here he is holding a sticky rice cake, a delicacy the area is renowned for.
Yonago Kitaro Airport features the eyeball from Gegege no Kitaro, which features Medama no Oyaji as the main character with a normal sized eye and the body fit down to size to fit underneath it.
Takamatsu Airport features Udon which considering the area lately has been promoting it, it’s no real surprise to see it at the airport.
Nagasaki Airport featuring “toyonoka” strawberries and mikan oranges, which is something Nagasaki is famous for. And also loquats, they’re the number producer in Japan.
Oita Airport shows off some tuna and shrimp sushi to get your taste buds in the mood.
Miyazaki Airport showing what they’re well known for, being a highly productive agricultural prefecture with mangos and a huge model of a chunk of beef, black pumpkins, hyuganatsu, mikans and green peppers. This area has it all.
The Mori Art Museum based in Roppongi Hills is currently facilitating a special exhibition dedicated to none other than Hatsune Miku. The exhibition is to mark the 10th anniversary for the venue and the Hatsune Miku event called, “All You Need Is LOVE: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku”, will help to do that. The theme of the installation is “Spreading Love”.
The event is only happening for this week along with the specially themed Hatsune Miku cafe as well. Catch a video below from the official Hatsune Miku 39ch YouTube channel.
It seems that virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, can’t put a foot wrong lately, now we hear that she’s about to adorn the cover of art magazine, Bijutsu Techou, flouting designer clothing.
The magazine has been around since 1948 and by appearing on the cover, one can only speculate and what’s next for Miku on her quest to become the most well known Vocaloid.
This weekend saw the second Nico Nico Chokaigi being held at Makuhari Messe by Dwango. “Chokaigi” can be translated as “super conference”. The event which ran for two days over April 27 and April 28 is an event made for Otakus with some of the interests being covered ranging from dance, cosplay, games, food, art and loads more popular sub cultures.
The event had a similar theme as last year which was “reproducing (almost) everything in Nico Nico Douga in real world.” Many cosplayers were in attendance at the industry booths, enjoy the pics below.
*all of the photos were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu with the cosplayers’ permission
Being an Otaku is a fulltime job, it really is, and now there’s a new way to display your love for your favourite anime, manga or gaming character. Granted this might be slanted more towards the ladies but we at Japandaman HQ wouldn’t judge if males were to do it.
Chieko Nakayama has nailed (sorry!) it down pat with a new way to decorate her nails to always be displaying her Otaku love. Her anime themed finger nails have to be seen to be believed, there’s some astounding time and effort has been put into these acrylics. Her website has some links to some of her amazing work, some of which you can see below.