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The Diary of Ochibi – Moyoco Anno’s stop motion ode to the seasons

From comic book artist Moyoco Anno and writer/director Masashi Kawamura, this is The Diary of Ochibi, a delightful stop motion animation that follows Ochibi-san as he explores spring, summer, autumn, and winter. N...

This Jorunna sea slug looks like a tiny, fluffy “sea bunny”

Sea bunnies, sesame-coated snow rabbits, ゴマフビロードウミウシ or gomafu biroodo umiushi meaning black speckled velvet sea slugs... These Jorunna Parva sea slugs look like white fluffy bunnies and have been given a v...

Amezaiku (飴細工) Japanese Candy Sculptures by Ame Yoshihara

Ame Yoshihara sculpts taffy candy into adorable "Amezaiku" animals, a traditional Japanese folk art that dates back to the 700s. This video from SweetsTales showcases his craftsmanship, as well as Ame-pyon, Yoshihara'...

Demo of the FloWave Ocean Simulator & the AMOEBA wave pool

Filmed by The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, this is the FloWave Ocean Simulator, a 2.4 million liter (634,013 gallon) controllable research pool for testing devices and prototypes in wa...

The art of suminagashi or Japanese paper marbling

Watch artisan Tadao Fukuda as he creates beautiful handmade marbled papers, an art called suminagashi (墨流し) in Japanese. From echizenwashi.jp: Mr.Fukuda is in his eighties and very energetic to have had his marb...

3D printed nail art animates with stop motion

Using a real hand and a Japanese motif, Director Mizuki Kawano teamed up with experimental manicurist Hatsuki Furutani to create this stop motion animated short: Transforming. In this behind-the-scenes footage, yo...

Zen Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaques) in Japan’s hot springs

In 1963, Japanese macaques began making their way out of Jigokudani's mountain forests to warm themselves in the natural hot springs, all thanks to one young monkey that retrieved soybeans from the water and decided t...

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...

Expressive faces and sticking power: The Lumpsucker Fish

Lumpsuckers or lumpfish are coldwater fish that live in the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific oceans. There are over two dozen species of them, but a few of the smaller kinds appear to have Ponyo-like faces, e...

Capybaras enjoy hot springs at Saitama Children’s Zoo

A large group of capybaras enjoy a "pomelo bath" in the hot springs during a cold spell at Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashi Matsuyama, Saitama, Japan. Semi-aquatic relatives of the guinea pig, capybaras have slightly...

Design Ah! (デザインあ) introduces kids to design concepts

In 2011, Japan's NHK television network began broadcasting Design Ah!, a Peabody award-winning children's educational program that explores different types of creative thinking for viewers of all ages. With an "Ah" th...

How Daruma dolls are made + Make an origami Daruma doll

Daruma dolls are paper mache Japanese dolls that represent perseverance, patience, protection, prosperity, achievement, and good luck in the New Year. In this video from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the do...

How to wrap presents quickly and easily

If you have a lot of presents to wrap, how do you get it all done in time? This viral video shows us how to quickly wrap presents with the aid of some tape and just a few folds. Clearly this sort of thing takes some p...

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.

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