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Modular construction: Using Lego-like blocks to build structures of the future

Modular construction involves building the components of a habitable structure in a factory, and then assembling those components on-site.The history of modular construction stretches back centuries, and it became briefly popular in the U.S. after World War II, but it's never quite caught on.Construction firms like iMod Structures, which constructs buildings that can be modified and relocated, may soon change that.Modular construction is on the rise. Once a marginal sector focused on building a...
Tags: Japan, Design, California, Mexico, China, Environment, Sustainability, Development, Cities, Architecture, South Africa, New Jersey, Innovation, New Zealand, Ikea, Fast Company


Do You Know About Virtual YouTube?

A virtual YouTube is a channel that follows an animated or virtual character instead of a real-life person. These virtual YouTubers (VTubers for short) first became popular in Japan in the mid-2010s, and now have spread around the world. – Slate
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, 06.10.21


The Art of Creating a Bonsai: One Year Condensed Condensed Into 22 Mesmerizing Minutes

To be a good writer, one must be a good reader. This is made true by the need to absorb and assess the work of other writers, but even more so by the need to evaluate one’s own. Writing is re-writing, to coin a phrase, and effective re-writing can only follow astute re-reading. This condition applies to other arts and crafts as well: take bonsai, the regarding of which constitutes a skill in and of itself. To craft an aesthetically pleasing miniature tree, one must first be able to see a...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, Nature, Seoul, Barnes, Bucky Barnes, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles


Download 1,000+ Beautiful Woodblock Prints by Hiroshige, the Last Great Master of the Japanese Woodblock Print Tradition

For 200 years, beginning in the 1630s, Japan closed itself off from the world. In its capital of Edo the country boasted the largest city in existence, and among its population of more than a million not a single one was foreign-born. “Practically the only Europeans to have visited it were a handful of Dutchmen,” writes professor of Japanese history Jordan Sand in a new London Review of Books piece, “and so it would remain until the mid-19 th century. No foreigners were permitted to live or tr...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, Tokyo, Seoul, Nagasaki, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Mount Fuji, Edo, Hokusai, London Review of Books, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall


Download 1,000+ Beautiful Woodblock Prints by Hiroshige, the Last Great Master of the Woodblock Print Tradition

For 200 years, beginning in the 1630s, Japan closed itself off from the world. In its capital of Edo the country boasted the largest city in existence, and among its population of more than a million not a single one was foreign-born. “Practically the only Europeans to have visited it were a handful of Dutchmen,” writes professor of Japanese history Jordan Sand in a new London Review of Books piece, “and so it would remain until the mid-19 th century. No foreigners were permitted to live or tr...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, Tokyo, Seoul, Nagasaki, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Mount Fuji, Edo, Hokusai, London Review of Books, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall


What Makes the Art of Bonsai So Expensive?: $1 Million for a Bonsai Tree, and $32,000 for Bonsai Scissors

During the past year’s stretches of time at home, quite a few of us have attempted to introduce more plant life into our surroundings. By some accounts, indoor gardening ranks among the most cost-effective ways of increasing the quality of one’s domestic life. But those of us who get too deep into it (aggressive pursuit of interests being a known characteristic of Open Culture readers) may find themselves getting more than they bargained for, or at any rate paying more than they intended...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, Seoul, Osaka, Yamamoto, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Chieko Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Hiraka, Masakazu Yoshikawa, Hiraka, Bonsai Scissors


The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai: An Introduction to the Iconic Japanese Woodblock Print in 17 Minutes

When woodcut artist Katsushika Hokusai made his famous print The Great Wave off Kanagawa in 1830 — part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji — he was 70 years old and had lived his entire life in a Japan closed off from the rest of the world. In the 19th century, however, “the rest of the world was becoming industrialized,” James Payne explains above in his Great Art Explained video, “and the Japanese were concerned about foreign invasions.” The Great Wave shows “an image of Japa...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Europe, Japan, College, Berlin, Tokyo, Nagasaki, Goya, Monet, Claude Debussy, Vincent Van Gogh, Josh Jones, Mount Fuji, Kanazawa, Hokusai


2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will pace the field at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio this weekend. The TLX Type S’ debut is one we reported previously, with more details available now than Acura had previously released. For one, the TLX Type S has a new direct-injected, single twin-scroll […] The post 2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Pr, Racing, Debut, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Engines, New Cars, Acura, Mid Ohio


2022 Acura MDX SUV Insurers’ Top Safety Pick

The 2022 Acura MDX SUV’s Top Safety Pick (TSP) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety runs counter to all the racing around done in Acura’s commercials. The MDX is the automaker’s third vehicle to receive the IIHS’s highest safety rating, along with the RDX and TLX. Rated tops for crashworthiness, the MDX was superior […] The post 2022 Acura MDX SUV Insurers’ Top Safety Pick appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Safety, Advertising, Marketing, Awards, Insurance, Quality, SUV, Luxury, Autos, Sales And Marketing, SUVs, Branding


The Sounds Of Japan’s Ancient Music, Recorded More Than A Century Ago

“Let’s set the scene. It’s February 28, 1903, and 12 musicians from the Imperial Household Orchestra are seated in front of a gramophone horn in a Tokyo hotel room. The needle slowly lowers onto a spinning blank disc and the session begins. What follows is a recording of the sound of gagaku, the oldest continuously performed orchestral music in the world that had, till then, been the reserve of Japan’s imperial court for over a thousand years. This recital is the first ever to be committed to d...
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Tokyo, 05.10.21, Imperial Household Orchestra


2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction

2013-15 Honda Accords are under investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a steering issue. Allegations of Accords suddenly losing control without warning have led to 107 complaints. According to a Motor1 report, there are as many as 1,120,470 Accords in the US that could be affected. This condition occurs under normal […] The post 2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Safety, Government, US, Insurance, Maintenance, Quality, Recall, Used Cars, Autos, Honda, Loss Of Control, Suppliers, Nhtsa


Chichu Art Museum: ‘A site to rethink the relationship between nature and people’

A visit to Japanese art island Chichu is both a meditation and an education The post Chichu Art Museum: ‘A site to rethink the relationship between nature and people’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Japan, Education, Meditation, Nature, Spirituality, Buddhism, Friday, Art Galleries, Openaccess, Seto Inland Sea, Claude Monet, James Turrell, Tadao Ando, Naoshima, Walter De Maria


Vancouver Maritime Museum – Executive Director

For more than 60 years Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) has been sharing stories about maritime heritage in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic that reflect a diverse range of voices. OrganizationFor more than 60 years Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) has been sharing stories about maritime heritage in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic that reflect a diverse range of voices. Its mission is to be a centre for dialogue, research, expression, and experience regarding the maritime herit...
Tags: Art, Asia, Japan, Cook, Jobs, Toronto, Nasa, First Nations, Canada, Ben Franklin, Broadway, Finland, Football League, Vancouver, North America, Archives


2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity

  The 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition was unveiled today in Japan. How much more exclusive can a limited-edition sports car be? It turns out this GT-R is pretty distinctive. It’s not just a badge and some decals that sets it apart.   First, it’s painted a NISMO-exclusive color called Stealth Gray. Rays 20-inch […] The post 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Marketing, Global, Autos, Japanese, Sales And Marketing, Nissan, Special Edition, Branding, Flagship, Sports Car, Nismo, Enthusiasm


Fabio Luisi, Dallas Symphony Music Director, Takes A Third Orchestra

The Italian maestro, who is also chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony and is now winding up his term as music director of the Zurich Opera House, has been named chief conductor of the NHK Symphony, widely considered to be Japan’s leading orchestra, beginning with the 2022-23 season. – Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Fabio Luisi, Zurich Opera House, Danish National Symphony, 04.12.21, NHK Symphony


Even Japanese Poetry Is Getting Messed Up By Climate Change

The natural world has always been a key subject of Japanese verse, and there’s even an established body of words — kigo — that categorize various phenomena by season and thereby evoke particular emotions. For instance, referring to a typhoon in a poem is supposed to anchor it in the autumn. But Japan, like many other places, is now experiencing “season creep”: the cherry blossoms in Kyoto this year peaked earlier than ever in well over a millennium of recordkeeping, and typhoons may now hit any...
Tags: Art, Japan, Words, Kyoto, 04.08.21


Lexus LF-Z is Watts New

Today, Lexus dropped the LF-Z concept car, stepping on the electric-vehicle (EV) accelerator. By 2025, the company expects to have 20 new PHEV, HEV, and BEV models from which to choose. 670,616,629 miles per hour, the speed of light, is how fast energy travels as electromagnetic waves. This is nearly as fast as car companies […] The post Lexus LF-Z is Watts New appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Global, Green, Electric Vehicles, Lexus, Autos, Hybrid, Concept Car, Bev, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicle, Show Cars


The Royal Albert Hall At 150: A Strange History

Way, way beyond the Proms: To mark the sesquicentennial of the hall’s opening (Queen Victoria was all verklempt), the Beeb recounts some of the more momentous and offbeat events to have happened there, from the first-ever sci-fi convention (also the public debut of the only-the-English-could-drink-it concoction Bovril) to astounding fancy-dress balls to a séance for Arthur Conan Doyle to the first-ever sumo match outside Japan to (this may have been the weirdest) John and Yoko’s Alchemical Wedd...
Tags: Art, Japan, Arthur Conan Doyle, John, Issues, Queen Victoria, Albert Hall, Yoko, Beeb, 03.29.21


The best logos of Y Combinator’s W21 batch

Our picks for the most intriguing companies of Y Combinator’s latest batch were based entirely on substance and our endless expertise, so it’s time for something much more superficial. Here are the 11 best logos from the hundreds of companies that presented yesterday. Watching companies go by 60 seconds at a time for like 8 hours was pretty mind-numbing even when a lot of them were cool, but I always perked up when I saw something with a nice logo. So I started marking them down, and sure enough...
Tags: TC, Japan, Design, Tech, Nintendo, Knox, Logos, Aspen, CMYK, Mendel, Dr Mario, Nuntius, Dashlabs, Aspen Cloud


In Real Time

Horologist Brittany Nicole Cox giving a talk at The Interval at Long Now on horological heritage (02019). Photo by Anthony Thornton. How do you measure a year? As straightforward as this seems, it is a truly personal question to each of us. What comes to mind? Life, weather or seismic events, loss or gains, political enterprises, a global pandemic? Or terms such as calendars, months, or dates? As a horologist, someone who studies time, I’ve realized there is no concrete way to answer that ...
Tags: Art, Japan, New York, Technology, Climate Change, Time, Future, Essays, Cheyenne, Anchorage Museum, John Harrison, Jonathon Keats, Carlo Rovelli, Paul Goble, Brittany Nicole Cox, Conversations at the Interval


2022 400Z HP Revealed?

According to Project Cars 3, a video game from Slightly Mad Studios distributed by Bandai Namco, the new Nissan 400Z is shown in their latest downloadable content (DLC) power pack to possess some very serious horsepower. In its interpretation of the Power Pack, thenewnissanz.com flaunts the numbers shown in the video, such as 445 horsepower […] The post 2022 400Z HP Revealed? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Autos, Nissan, Sports Cars, New Cars, Bandai Namco, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Project Cars, Tuners, Show Cars, Slightly Mad Studios


In Japan, ‘Disaster Art’ Is Saving People’s Lives

While dealing with emotional turmoil after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, artist Kyohei Sakaguchi made a decision to merge his art and his life. First he published his phone number as a suicide hotline, and became more and more adept at helping others. “He wrote practical self-help books and answered phone calls, he painted abstract art and wrote experimental fiction. “I think art is a technique for life. … I do what I do in order to keep living.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Japan, Visual, 03.05.21, Kyohei Sakaguchi


The History Of ‘Madama Butterfly’ In Japan

“It was not the ‘alien’ music that disturbed the Japanese audience” at the Tokyo premiere in 1914 (there had been a Western music school in the city since 1890), “but the threat to traditional hierarchies between men and women. Later, in the 1930s, feminist writers such as Ichiko Kamichika and Akiko Yosano criticised the opera for promoting a ‘victim’ like Butterfly as something of a Japanese ‘paragon’. Somewhat ironically, Butterfly thus proved to be an effective catalyst for the emergence of ...
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Tokyo, Madama Butterfly, Akiko Yosano, 03.03.21, Ichiko Kamichika


Download 280 Pictographs That Put Japanese Culture Into a New Visual Language: They’re Free for the Public to Use

“One of the biggest considerations when traveling to Japan is its inscrutable language,” writes Designboom’s Juliana Neira. But then, one might also consider making that language more scrutable — and making one’s experience in Japan much richer — by learning some of it. Kanji, the Chinese characters used in the written Japanese language, may at first look like small, often bewilderingly complex pictures, and many assume they visually evoke the meanings they express. In fact, to use the linguist...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, Design, College, Language, Seoul, Osaka, Facebook Twitter, Ginza, Asakusa Tokyo, Colin Marshall, Spoon Tamago, Facebook Download, Kenya Hara, 21st Century Los Angeles


4,000 Priceless Scrolls, Texts & Papers From the University of Tokyo Have Been Digitized & Put Online

The phrase “opening of Japan” is a euphemism that has outlived its purpose, serving to cloud rather than explain how a country closed to outsiders suddenly, in the mid-19th century, became a major influence in art and design worldwide. Negotiations were carried out at gunpoint. In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry presented the Japanese with two white flags to raise when they were ready to surrender. (The Japanese called Perry’s fleet the “black ships of evil men.”) In one of innumerable historical...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Japan, College, History, Libraries, Literature, Tokyo, Archives, Art Nouveau, University Of Tokyo, Facebook Twitter, Perry, Vincent Van Gogh, Gogh


Hell In Japanese Art Book Review

Hell In Japanese Art ( 地獄-地獄をみる- ) is a monster sized tome of an art book that collects depictions of hell in Japanese art from the 12th century to the 19th century. This single volume collection focuses primarily on works designated as Japanese National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties and features the various depictions of hell by prominent artists such as Kazunobu Kano, Nichosai, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Kyosai Kawanabe. It is a must-see for artists, illustrators and anyone intere...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Japan, Book Reviews, Hell, Mythology, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, William Blake, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ukiyo, Japanese Art, Amazon De, Shunga


Watch a Korean Master Craftsman Make a Kimchi Pot by Hand, All According to Ancient Tradition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlwnBy16W0E The South Korean capital of Seoul, where I live, has in the 21st century astonished visiting Westerners with its technology, its infrastructure, and its sheer urban vitality. It strikes many of those Westerners (and I include myself among them) as considerably more developed than anywhere in the countries they came from. But however much Seoul may feel like the future, nowhere in Korea has the past wholly vanished. Take the bulbous earthenware ...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, History, Food & Drink, Korea, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Jin, Colin Marshall, Facebook Watch, 21st Century Los Angeles, Take Jin Gyu, Jin Gyu


Lamborghini Aventador GT Evolution Gets Kitted

Never mind that the Lamborghini Aventador GT Evo is already fairly exclusive, with only around 10,000 units produced worldwide thus far. If you have one, distinguishing yours from other run-of-the-mill Aventadors is imperative, and that’s why there’s a new body kit from Liberty Walk. Liberty Walk has become synonymous with high-end Japanese body kits, and […] The post Lamborghini Aventador GT Evolution Gets Kitted appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Luxury, Autos, Blind Spot, Evo, Cosmetics, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Liberty Walk, Show Cars, SEMA Show, Restyling, Body Kits, Liberty Walk Liberty Walk


After Audition: Takashi Miike's rehearsal-room shocker Over Your Dead Body

Continuing our series on the best films about theatre, a 200-year-old Japanese ghost story takes centre stage in a movie merging reality and fantasyThe prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is best known for his 1999 horror film Audition, in which a widower advertises a role in a fake movie production, intending to choose a wife from those who apply. The backdrop of the screen industry suggests that his casual misogyny is symptomatic of a wider social disease. Fifteen years later, Miike relea...
Tags: Japan, Film, Theatre, World news, Dance, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Takashi Miike, Horror Films, Miike, Kosuke, Miyuki, Oiwa, Yotsuya Kaidan


A Magical Look Inside the Painting Process of Studio Ghibli Artist Kazuo Oga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaO2HEkC_qQ The magic of Studio Ghibli’s films owes much to their characters: the high-flying Princess Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; the World War I-fighter ace-turned-swine Porco Rosso; the spirited ten-year-old Chihiro, spirited away into the realm of folklore; the dog-raccoon-bear-cat forest spirit known only as Totoro. But to understand what makes these figures come alive, we must remember that they inhabit living worlds. A Ghibli production stan...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, Animation, Seoul, Hayao Miyazaki, Valley, Facebook Twitter, Bob Ross, Mononoke, Toshio Suzuki, Kaguya, Ghibli, Kazuo Oga



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