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Making a traditional Japanese wooden Kokeshi Doll

Watch as Kokeshi artisan Yasuo Okazaki carves and paints a traditional, one-of-a-kind Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll in the “Naruko” style from a spinning block of wood. The video was filmed by Te to Te to Te (Hand and ...

To the Scientists of the Future: Materials science with EUPHRATES

Created by EUPHRATES and Masahiko Sato for Japan's National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), these three "To the Scientists of the Future" short films are a mesmerizing combination of materials research innovati...

Sampuru: How is Japanese fake food made?

Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort ...

Power of Optics: A light-powered Rube Goldberg machine

In this commercial for au Hikari, one of Japan’s high-speed optical internet service providers, a Rube Goldberg machine is "powered" by a single beam of light that travels via mirrors, magnifying glasses, and reflecti...

Tokyo roads transform into dazzling tunnels of light

Filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo transforms Tokyo's street lights into pulsing, dazzling, kaleidoscopic tunnels of light in this experimental motion graphics video: Eye Know. Music by Ayako Taniguchi.

Covered with bunnies on Japan’s “Rabbit Island”

On the island of Ōkunoshima, Japan, there are hundreds of friendly feral rabbits. These rabbits are so friendly -- and so ready to eat bunny food from rabbit-happy tourists -- that when people come for a visit, the in...

A collection of homemade Pitagora Suitchi devices

As huge fans of Rube Goldberg machines, we've tried to make our own Pitagora Suitchi-style contraptions before, but are still working towards the kind of success that YouTuber 10813panaki has had. Watch this collectio...

ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot (2014)

The world's most advanced humanoid robot can run smoothly at a record 9kph (5.6mph), recognizes faces and voices, shakes hands, has incredible balance -- can jump, hop, climb stairs, kick soccer balls, pour drinks wit...

Every Happy Thing: How to make Totoro Steamed Buns

How to make Totoro Steamed Buns using a frying pan by YouTuber Hockie at Every Happy Thing. Even if you're not going to make them, the video is fascinating and detail-filled. Also: Totoro. The recipe is in English...

Every Happy Thing: How to make macarons with cute faces

Let's travel to a kitchen in Tokyo, Japan to learn how to make ridiculously adorable macarons with YouTuber and mom Hockie of Every Happy Thing. Yum! (*´ڡ`* )

When mending becomes an art: pottery repair with gold powder

The 400+ year old Japanese art of kintsugi (golden repair) or kintsukuroi (golden joinery) is a pottery repair method that honors the artifact's unique history by emphasizing, not hiding, the break. An art form born f...

What Does the World Eat for Breakfast?

What Does the World Eat for Breakfast — in Egypt, Vietnam, Sweden, or where you live? While these showcased morning foods are only some of the possible breakfasts in each of these countri...

How to make a rolled Japanese omelette

How to make a rolled Japanese omelette, Dashimaki Tamago, with a square frying pan. In related news, my kids want a square frying pan. In the archives: more eggs. via swissmiss.

The Mudskipper

This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes...

Lullatone: Experiments Around the House

From Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida of Lullatone, enjoy Experiments Around the House (2011),

Japanese television: Tires on a ski jump

Which tire will roll down the ski jump fastest and jump the farthest? A Formula One tire? An enormous bulldozer tire? The smallest tire? This clip from Japanese television has made the rounds i...

Pitagora Suitchi: 20 minutes of Japanese Rube Goldberg machines

We love Rube Goldberg machines, and have posted about these short films from Japan’s NHK educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (PythagoraSwitch) before, so it’s no surprise that t...

Tissue Paper Animals

Made as a commercial for Japanese tissue paper company Nepia, watch Yuki Ariga’s Tissue Paper Animals.  Related watching: more stop motion, plus Protéigon, Irving Harper, and a clip from Between the Folds.

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