Category Archives: fun links

Fun Link Friday: Miniature Bonsai Sculptures

In the past we’ve featured some neat Friday features on bonsai, like magnetic tree bases for your favorite trees or bonsai in space, and this week there’s even more fun to be had! Forbes recently featured the Japanese artist Takanori Aiba, … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Link Friday: Early Sound & Video Footage of Japan

This week is a quick Fun Link Friday, as I don’t have much info on the origins of these audiovisual materials. These videos have been making their rounds lately, and so far as I can tell people have taken them … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Link Friday: Rice paddy art of Inakadate 2018

Every year when I remember that Inakadate in Aomori prefecture has new rice paddy art for us to enjoy, I get excited all over again! Each summer they pick new themes and create dramatic, beautiful images from variations of white, … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Link Friday: The view from the shogun’s (toilet) seat?

In case you needed a little more excitement on your visit to the bathrooms at Kyoto station, The Asahi Shimbun reported that through August 16, the subway station paneled the inside of two of their stalls (one in the men’s … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Link Friday: Portraits of samurai

I’ve been majorly guilty of neglecting our Fun Link Friday posts, being busy this last month running the medieval komonjo workshop here at Michigan, but as the summer winds down I’m starting to catch up on my blogging duties! So … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Link Friday: Food Waste Tableware

Anyone who has the pleasure of working with me knows I take food waste and garbage sorting Very Seriously. I found this Design Boom article on Japanese designer Kosuke Araki, who creates series of tableware and vessels using daily food waste with the intention to make … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Link Friday: Japanese “tips”

Travelers to Japan are often surprised to discover that tipping at restaurants is not expected. So what is left behind after our meals at a restaurant? Starting in 2012, Yuki Tatsumi began to think about this question. Working as a … Continue reading

Posted in culture, fun links | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment