Posts Tagged ‘yokai’

Pulsations (7.26.13)

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Here are the latest Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers, and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy.

In no particular order, they are . . .

Toji Temple Market Overwhelms Your Senses (from Japanese Streets): A collection of colorful photos shows off the bustling atmosphere of this Kyoto market which takes place the 21st of each month.

Monster parents: The bane of teachers and … hardworking potato farmers? (from Rocket News 24): Did a potato farmer allow kids to come experience harvesting in his fields really get complaints that the potatoes were different sizes?!

“Forever Alone Fail” wins over Japan (from Kotaku): Two memes meet and go viral in Japan. Nope, your “girlfriend” did not take that picture…

Takuhiro’s shoes (from Ikimasho!): Do the shoes make the man? This one seems to think so, but can you even find his under all the tape?

Crisp Illustrations of creatures from Japanese Folklore (from Taxi): Heitor Seió Kimura’s take on yokai is spooky in a refreshing way.

Video Pulse

Yasu High School in Shiga Prefecture got help from the crew of a local NHK program to film this promotional video showing off their talented soccer team:

Creative spirits inhabit daruma range

Friday, March 12th, 2010

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Funky Daruma Yokai toys from Idea International

Toy collectors are bound to flip over this cute new “Daruma Yokai” series out this month from Idea International. Daruma are traditional Japanese dolls, usually painted red and sold at temples for good luck. According to custom, people paint in one eye of the daruma when they set a goal, and then paint the other after they achieve it. These particular daruma are based on fanciful monster characters from the classic anime “Ge Ge no Kitaro.” The yokai concept was brought up to date by the team at Design Office Nendo, the innovative company behind the recent controversial but achingly cool MD.net mental health clinic in Asakusa. The initial batch of eight characters will include “nedama no oyaji” (eyeball father), “nezumi otoko” (rat man) and “nurikabe” (plaster wall), but there are plans to extend the series if it proves popular.”

A portion of the profits made from the Daruma Yokai series will go to “Made in Japan” a nonprofit organization that supports local craftsmen and businesses in Japan. The organization was founded in 1900 in Gifu Prefecture and helps businesses by holding seminars and workshops for local craftsmen as well as giving financial aid. Their aim is to keep the traditional crafts alive in Japan that might otherwise die out. Dolls cost ¥2,000 but at least you get that warm, fuzzy feeling of  helping keep Japan’s artisan heritage alive.

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