posters

We travel to China to watch Studio Ghibli anime Spirited Away on its inaugural opening day

Spirited Away finally premieres in China…but hardly anybody was at the cinema to see it.

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Japanese store apologises for ad saying “women who want biracial children” should wear kimono

Because wearing a kimono will attract a foreign man.

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Spirited Away voice actors from China recreate iconic scenes from the anime film

New series of posters are total Ghibli cosplay goals

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Spirited Away posters for first theatrical release in China are stunningly beautiful

A new take on a beloved Studio Ghibli anime film.

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Nara deer dies with four kilos of plastic in its stomach, tourists cautioned to feed animals properly

Increasing numbers of the nationally protected species are being affected by plastic bag consumption.

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Japan Self-Defense Forces enlist handsome anime boys to try to attract new human recruits

Fresh-faced 2-D spokesmodels follow years of anime girl recruitment posters.

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Nara deer have a heartfelt message for tourists in new travel poster

A clever play on words tugs at the heartstrings.

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“Pantie”-flashing anime girl Japan Self-Defense Forces recruiting poster shot down by critics

”Those aren’t panties” claims regional recruiting office, but critics aren’t convinced.

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Chinese poster for Totoro’s first theatrical release in country has a beautifully subtle secret

That’s not a forest or a field Hayao Miyazaki’s characters are walking through.

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Osaka Prefectural Police posters are so awesome they make us want to enlist

From recruitment ads to safety reminders, the folks in Osaka sure know how to strike the right chord.

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Studio Ghibli fans surprised to find hidden images in Grave of the Fireflies anime poster

The new meanings revealed in this image, thirty years after the film’s release, have anime fans reaching for the tissues.

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Anime fan shares ingenious lifehack to hang posters without putting holes in your walls

Cool trick lets you swap posters in seconds, won’t damage the walls of your home or the beautiful anime art.

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Japanese rail company uses ukiyo-e posters to ask commuters to mind their manners on the train

The ever-growing series of traditional artworks is grabbing everyone’s attention for its beauty and humour.

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Sadako and Kayako team up with surprising third party to scare you for a good cause!

They apparently had time for a little side gig before the release of their big movie later this month.

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Travel back in time with these tourism posters from early 1900s Japan 【Pics】

The 20th century’s version of “Cool Japan” seems a lot cooler than the 21st century’s.

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Merchant shipping posters invoke romance and wonder of Japan’s Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras

There was a time when sumo wrestlers and kimono-clad ladies made shipping companies look beautiful.

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Personified emotions from Pixar’s “Inside Out” get nifty kanji makeover in Japanese posters!

Fans of Pixar are sure to be eagerly waiting the release of the studio’s newest movie, Inside Out (or Inside Head as it’s being called in Japan). The film may have caused a slight stir on the Japanese Internet for having a theme that’s noticeably similar to that of the Japanese manga and movie Poison Berry in My Brain (Nonai Poison Berry), but Pixar’s new offering is bound to draw huge crowds when it comes out on June 19 in the U.S. and July 18 in Japan.

And one thing the movie certainly seems to have going for it in Japan is cool poster artwork. Check out these Japanese posters for Inside Out which feature beautiful kanji calligraphy representing each of the emotions that appear in the movie!

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Japanese movie fans wonder who the heck made this Avengers poster

To say that the Avengers movie was a hit might be one of the biggest understatements you can make about the 2012 film, and with the sequel opening soon, you can imagine that even folks in Japan are excited. Who can blame them, after all? Who doesn’t love seeing Iron Man and Thor eating shwarma?

Nevertheless, it seems that not everyone in Japan is happy with the Japanese poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron…especially when compared with posters from other countries.

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Test your Ghibli knowledge: Can you identify the films by these minimalist fan-made posters?

Last month we saw one artist’s interpretation of Studio Ghibli films as super-detailed movie posters. This month though we’re feeling a bit more minimalist, so we want to showcase the work of artist Jackman Chiu. His simple yet impactful poster designs of the Ghibli movies are eye-catching, mysterious, and best of all make for a really good game of Guess That Ghibli Film!

So put on your Ghibli fanboy/fangirl hats and get ready to tally some points and see how many minimalist movie posters you can match with the correct title!

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Artist’s new posters for classic movies will inspire you to watch them all over again

Making movie posters is tough. You not only have to catch the eye of people passing by, but also get them excited and inform them on what the movie is about, all at the same time. When a poster is done well, it can be just as memorable as the movie itself. And when it’s done badly, well, it can be memorable in a different kind of way.

Artist Olly Moss however, whom we’ve met before with his amazing video game-inspired ceramic plates, is a master of the poster medium. He’s recently been picked up by Japanese websites for creating new posters of classic movies, including Studio Ghibli films. Get ready: your nostalgia meter is about to be cranked up to 10, and you’re going to go hunting through your old DVDs very soon.

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