Surf trail: for Handmade Zakka Craft

Googly-eyed girl alert.

I saw this book called Handmade Zakka Craft.  Turns out “zakka” refers to “small, various products used in everyday life”, but now also “represents a style of art and craft that is simple, charming, and of Japanese esthetic” according to squidoo.

Searching about the book led me to all these beautiful blogs featuring or mentioning the book.

Hello Sandwich by Ebony Byzis

She’s also the creator of a prettily-crafted Tokyo guide.

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Grab bag: Quirky Japanese products, media and art

Visual calendar, printed on female body parts (Believe me, it’s more tasteful than it sounds). Pointillism in graffiti. Beautiful stop-motion firefly photography. DIY Hello Kitty sandwiches.  Manga (Japanese comics) on telecommunication brand drama. Excerpts from manga I like (Solanin and Nineteen Twenty-One), as I try to clean up my tabs.

1.  Nyotai-Goyomi posted by AsiaJin

via TokyoMango

More after the jump.

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JapanBump Finds: “Carnivore girls”; schoolgirl dates for hire and virtual travel

I love Japan.  One of my goals is to learn to speak and write the language so I can dive into their content more.

Finds from the JapanBump facebook feed.  And I’ll be starting with the most wholesome (and actually work-related) entry that piqued my interest in AccessJ today.

Interactive media map. The new gender peculiarities.  Schoolgirl Prostitutes (enjo kousai).  Buumu.  The glorification of common food yay!

1.  NHK came up with Michishiru, an interactive map targeted towards locals so they can find out more about Japanese destinations.

2.  Also, bloggers on Japanese culture are now discussing the phenomena or trends behind the decreasing Japanese population.  One of the trends they’re seeing is “Nikushoku Onna”, or Carnivorous Girls, referring to women who are more extroverted even around men, and open about their sexuality (as opposed to “Herbivorous Men” or soushoku danshi.  I’m not kidding. It was coined by Maki Fukasawa, a columnist, in 2006.  I actually find them endearing.  They’re the stuff of slice-of-life quirky anime lead characters. Note to self: Get a copy of “Girly Guys”).

"Grass-Eating Man's Love Study"

I guess it’s interesting to hear about this growing shift in Japan, given that today’s Westernized culture does in fact glorify the uninhibited female.  via monkeymaninJapan

3.  And, now the least wholesome find: Schoolgirl Prostitutes. via AccesJ and It’s A Wonderful Rife

So, for all you people turned on by Japanese schoolgirls, it can actually come true.  Through Enjo Kousai, or “paid dating”.

See, I know that prostitution is rampant in the world.  I also know that this news is really disturbing.  But, I guess the social analyst part of me also has an impulse to take a step back and acknowledge that social realities that exist in society develop because they fulfill a unique need.  Doesn’t make it right, but it also makes it, in a way, “valid” or “useful” for the particular sector of society subscribing to it.

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Around the net: virtual collage pop stars, really cool shopper experiences, an art-filled calendar and a three-in-one seat

Today is a rainy day.

More time to stay indoors and surf.

1.  First up is a video.

It documents the “birth” of AKB48’s newest member — Eguchi Aimi.  AKB48 is a wildly popular pop girl group in Japan.  Eguchi Aimi is a moving composite of seven of the AKB48 girls, designed to seem like a real human being.

Eguchi Aimi

Just a really really great hype machine.  She was able to build a base of followers through her sheer existence, and now, because of the CGI buzz, the group even becomes more popular.  Hats off to whoever thought of creating her. Twisted, but successful.

via The Telegraph, Tokyohive, Gizmodo, Rekuru, Pure Idol Heart and Coolest Kid on The Blog

2.  There is this very functional and beautiful workbench featured on Georges Zigrandes’ blog.

Estrela Vintage Workbench

3.  Images from The Open Daybook, via brain pickings.  Maria Popova, I continue to adore your choice of things to post.  Someday, maybe, I hope, I get to pick your brain.

4. Fun developments in designing retail spaces! From Peter T’ Hoen’s branding retail en design!

(That sounds like an ad testimonial.)

A redesigned Starbucks in Omotesando.

Starbucks b-side by Hiroshi Fujiwara

Three-storey chicken living station – with ideal laying, roosting and feeding conditions.

Chicken Co-op by raadstudio


Aaargh I love this store concept.  BLESS Home.  A store-residence where apartment-dwellers become curators-shopkeepers of the brand and its espoused lifestyle and products.  Now, that is immersion and integrated experience.


The first BLESShome can be visited for an entirely private BlessShop experience in a private apartment. The clients will be able to visit the Shopkeeper’s home as a friend and can participate in her/his life. There will also even be a possibility to stay overnight.” – Bless SHOP site

via brandd and Garbage Dress

Another “wow”. You by Dialect gadgets and electronics store in Stockholm, by Electric Dreams.  I very much agree with the we heart blog post — “Where do you enjoy the consumer electronics you buy? The majority of the time it’s at home, so, why do consumer electronics shops all look like a clinical, space-age hospital waiting room?”

by Electric Dreams

5.  Beautiful blog by Sofie Brunner and 17 others from Brunner Studios – Sofiliumm.

Featuring Slumber Poufs. What a great name.

Slumber Poufs, by Aleksandra Gaca

6. Nice pictures.

What if you lived at Ikea, by Christian Gideon


Hoshiko the City Child, by Aya Takano

7.  Work tips.

Surf trail: Japanese blogs (mostly food) and Decluttering

I’m sorry.  I’m tech-inept, and can’t seem to figure out why or how the font size and spacing on my previous post got screwed up.

I know it became even more burdensome to read, sorry.

Thanks to the 1000 Things about Japan blog that I mentioned yesterday, I saw all of these links to other Japanese life-related blogs that I enjoyed!

1. Tokyo Mango

Cat ears that express emotions, a Yahoo! Japan iPad app that lets you cut and create your own maps, and a blog of floating self-portraits! I love this.

2.  spacious planet

I liked the post discussing the Japanese middle class.  It is well, vague.  But, I like the attempt at trying to briefly describe the particular lifestyle layer.


From Just A Gaijin Mama

Her blog on mostly snack food reviews.

4.  Just Another Day in Japan, which led me to Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)

5.  And, through a Krispy Kreme picture on Japanese Snack Food Reviews, I found the cute Japanese milk-drinking campaign!

Milk Japan

And..plush breasts!

Funwari Milk Chan via Topless Robot

6.  Not a Japanese blog.  But I liked Small Notebook. It’s a compilation of tips on practical skills and decluttering.  The blog look feels…delicate, but useful.  If that description makes sense.  I guess it’s the blue tones, spare look and clean, focused (central object, usually still life) pictures.

via Small Notebook