design

Shibuya scramble crossing set for a makeover with new logo contest for iconic 109 building

Your chance to see your design up in lights at one of the world’s busiest intersections.

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Specially designed “Japanese public telephone” backpack has Twitter ringing with enthusiasm

Forget London phone booths, Japan’s green public telephones are the new trendy icon.

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Find out how lucky you’ll be in the Year of the Dog with this witty online fortune teller

Good luck or bad luck, you’ll probably get a good laugh out of your fortune either way.

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Mock-up Nike x Dragon Ball shoes looks so awesome, we wish they were real

These designs that combine Nike sneakers with Dragon Ball look so cool, it’s hard to believe they’re not actual products!

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Cool design on Japanese posters lets you look at kanji upside-down for a whole new meaning

Don’t strain your neck! We’ll show you what they look like the other way.

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Coca-Cola “Slim Bottle” City Designs range showcases top tourist spots in Japan

Each bottle can only be purchased in the specific tourist spot it was designed for, so tracking down all nine requires a Japanese road trip of epic proportions.

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Japanese anime fans turn Twitter emojis into their favourite characters

Get ready for angry and smiley faces like you’ve never seen them before.

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Japanese artist finds a way to see through manga characters’ clothing【Video】

It turns out the secret to X-ray vision is a surprising item from a 100-yen shop.

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5 weird and wonderful Tokyo cafés worth a visit, perfect for breaking the ice on first dates

Go fishing, do some handicrafts, or just enjoy a nice cuppa with hedgehogs at these delightfully odd cafés.

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Japanese artists fall in love with new chocolate…for its anime-friendly packaging 【Photos】

From Sailor Moon to Pokémon and even the cast of Final Fantasy XV, this chocolate box is proving to be the perfect canvas for all sorts of different characters.

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Naked bodies invade streets of Japan in bizarre new “Time for Sushi” video

Sometimes you find crazy things on the streets of Japan, but this is just insane.

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Japanese high school student’s workshop project blows minds, hides things.

Looks like a simple block of wood? There’s a secret inside, or at least there could be!

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Coca-Cola releases five new gorgeous limited-edition bottles in Japan

Each of the locally-themed designs will be limited for sale in different regions of the country.

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Bright, fresh, breezy, and nowhere safe to pick your nose or scratch your arse?

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Tiny house by Muji finally goes on sale in Japan

The long-awaited release of the Muji Hut has finally arrived, and the first lots for sale come complete with a garden.

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Japanese master craftsman builds stunning tiny house on wheels【Video】

Featuring all-natural materials and even a built-in fireplace, this tiny home is filled with clever design details.

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Add colour to digital artworks instantly with new free web service

Artists in Japan and around the world are raving about this handy new tool.

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Art in motion: Japanese company shows off stunning 2-D animation works

From falling cherry blossom leaves to a rabbit pounding mochi rice, these incredible slit animations are absolutely mesmerising.

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Internet goes crazy for custom-made desk built by Japanese animator

The DIY project, complete with an embedded graphics tablet, is inspiring digital illustrators everywhere.

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Pokéball terrariums are just as adorable and hard to catch as the Pokémon who inhabit them

Now you can see what your favourite Pokémon gets up to inside that mysterious Pokéball.

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