Viewing entries tagged with 'Japan'

Atama Yama

I just rediscovered a fantastic animation I have seen a couple of years ago at the Melbourne International Film Festival: Atama Yama (Mount Head)

I started to work on a new animation which is in very early development (the first story draft was three days ago). Looking at Atama Yama today I wonder if it may have had some influence on my new idea.

Enjoy the show.

Photo Overdose

Abel Tasman National Park
Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park on the New Zealand South Island, just a one-hour drive from Nelson, my home town in 2006.

Get your photo overdose right here on! I love the Silverstripe photo gallery module! I could finally upload a large amount of photos from the last 5 years to the new gallery section on this website in no time: about 500 photos in 19 galleries.

I know this is complete overkill, so below is a small(ish) selection.

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Domo-kun: A Cat in Horror

Talking about Japanese stuff. By chance I stumbled across Domo-kun. I don't know much about it, but the pictures are just hillarious. Even I don't know why they are.

What is Domo-kun? As I couldn't describe it more precisely myself I use the definition from Cardhouse (Cardhouse as in "Sorry we're Cardhouse."): "Domo-kun is a small brown open-mouthed monster hatched from an egg who lives with a wise old rabbit underground."

It also happens to be the stop-motion mascot of Japan's NHK television station.

Of course - as with all useful and useless stuff that comes from Japan - you can buy Domo-kun (alongside with tons of other products of this kind), you can build your own Domo-kun (have a look at the gallery!), and even read Domo-kun's Blog.

Here are some more pictures...

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So cuuu-uuute!

Gloomy Bear and Pitty

"Gloomy, an abandoned little bear, is rescued by Pitty (the little boy). At first, he is cute and cuddly, but becomes more wild as he grows up. Since bears do not become attached to people like dogs by nature, Gloomy attacks Pitty even though he is the owner. So Gloomy has blood on him from biting and/or scratching Pitty. The Gloomy with blood is called Chax Colony Edition."
- from Cube Works

This Hello Kitty parody called Gloomy Bear by Mori Chakku is just one of a million examples from the probably most high-contrast country in the world: Japan. Old and new, eastern tradition and extreme western influences, minimal design and hyperkitsch, everything exits here next to each other. I just love it.

Still on my list of things to do: To live in Japan for a while. Maybe starting off in Tokyo, and once I need a break from this maniac world metropole there will still be enough other curiosities to discover. Wow, I'm looking forward to that!

Maybe it's time to figure out the other 42 things I want to do.


Hello Kitty»sweet: Having the taste of sugar or a substance containing or resembling sugar, as honey or saccharin.«

Be warned! Don´t read on if you want to keep healthy teeth! This is too saccharine! Hello Kitty must be the visual El Dorado for caries. Unbelievable, but Hello Kitty is more than 25 years old and still alive. As it is grown up now you can buy really everything for big and small girls. Junejune must be the candy cane of websites. Looking at these sites makes me feel like biting in a mountain of candy on my way to cockaigne. Where´s that toothbrush?

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