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Tape Tapping with Open Reel Ensemble

"When you tap the tape, it sounds like a electro-magnetic drum." Japanese musician Ei Wada plays an old stretched tape from "reel-to-reel tape recorders built by Pioneer and TEAC in the 1970s and '80s." From Engadget:...

How Japanese paper lanterns are made

Using worn stencils and thick brushes, an artisan paints the floral decorations on the thin paper. A framework of wood helps to shape the thin boning that the paper will be attached to. Another artisan adds details to...

Painting dragons with a single twisting brush stroke

Kyoto-based artist Keisuke Teshima paints dragon bodies with a single twisting pull of a sumi-e style brush across the paper. A smaller brush and some airbrushing and splatter techniques create the head and surroundin...

A hovering robot DRAGON that shape-shifts in flight

At JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, roboticists have developed a robot called DRAGON, which (obviously) stands for for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transfo...

A cube and a heart made from paper gears

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals and other paper automata. In the silent video above, he creates a cube made from 12 interlocking paper gears. Nakamura has also...

In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour...

Origami Changes Everything: Mass-producing an ancient art with 3D printing

Can origami, the art of folded paper, be used to 3D-print parts for our cars, pieces of clothing, art that we display, and other products? Can we build machines that can create patterns based on scans, and then cut, f...

Professor Kokichi Sugihara creates his mind-blowing illusions with math

Professor Kokichi Sugihara is world-renowned for his award-winning impossible objects and reality-defying illusions. He uses mathematics to make the three-dimensional objects that create his impossible scenes and illu...

Oscar Oiwa draws 360° marker illustrations inside giant vinyl balloons

Drawing with markers inside giant inflatable vinyl balloons, multidisciplinary artist Oscar Oiwa creates black and white illustrations that surround observers. Above: Paradise, a 2018 Japan House São Paulo 360° instal...

The Story Behind Japan’s Bathing Monkeys – ScienceTake

A troop of 'snow monkeys' or Japanese Macaques at the Jigokudani Yaen-koen snow monkey park has been relaxing in the country's hot springs since the mid-1960s, a daily respite from the winter snow and an increasingly ...

Making a kitchen knife from a roll of aluminum foil

With a roll of aluminum foil, some heat, a small hammer, a few whetstones, and lots of repetitive tapping and sanding, layers of foil can be turned into a sharpened kitchen knife. In the video above, YouTuber Kiwami J...

The longest fidget spinner spin ever + the world’s smallest fidget spinner

With a wheel-shaped fidget spinner that was specially made by 50 people at Mitsubishi over the course of six months, a Guinness World Record was set for Longest Duration Spinning a Fidget Spinner on One Hand. The acco...

Koi are unusual kitchen helpers in the kabata of Harie, Japan

For over 300 years, the village of Harie (針江) in Japan has thrived on its interconnected system of mountains, canals, streams, rice fields, spring water, and kabata, small separate rooms that are used as a kitchen s...

Rintaro Hara’s Projection Wall of bubbles

A large, soapy grid of netting rises up in front of eight small fans. Huge bubbles are blown into the room towards the person pulling the net up into place with a pulley. This is Rintaro Hara's Projection Wall, an int...

Emmanuelle Moureaux’s gridded rainbow installations

Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux visualized a decade of 'the future'—2017 to 2026—as a numerical rainbow forest in an installation for The National Art Center in Tokyo. The 2017 commission, ...

The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo

Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities: on fabric it is antibacte...

How Jun trained his cats to shake hands and ride a bike

Jun Yoshizuki runs a popular Japan-based cooking YouTube channel called Jun's Kitchen that's known for good food and his sous-chef cats: Haku, the orange bike riding cat, Poki, the black and white cat, and a smaller o...

Life With Snow: Clearing a rooftop full of snow in the Japanese Alps

Heavy snowfall (yuki oroshi or 雪下ろし) is common in Japan's snow country, a section of Honshū along the Sea of Japan and into the Japanese Alps. In snowy Nagano Prefecture, circa March of 2013, Seiji Yamada and Taku...

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