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Gojin Ishihara

Posted in art, japan, monsters, retro with tags , , , on March 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Stacey linked me to this awesome collection of Japanese monster illustrations by Gojin Ishihara.


The books came out in the 70′s, designed for kids. I wish my childhood library contained them!

I think these are some of my favorite vintage Japanese monster illustrations out there

See more here.


Posted in absurd, food, japan with tags , , on July 24, 2013 by liesjekraai

Proxy/Guest Blogger Liesje Kraai here! Dana has granted me the opportunity to bring you some weirdness while she is on medical hiatus. Hope you enjoy!


While stumbling along through the interwebs, I’ve come across some of the strangest things – things that defy explanation and honestly, at times, don’t want any.

Steming from my combined love of sushi and cats, I present to you NEKOZUSHI!!!


Nekozushi, translated “Cat Sushi”, makes me wish I had a better grasp of kanji. Thankfully, the explanation is translated:

Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice.

Although several references have come down to us through history from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is still shrouded in mystery and actual sightings remain rare.

There are several academics who have devoted their lives to the study of  these creatures. According to a number of these, Neko-Sushi make use of gaps in space to come to us from an alternate dimension. Beyond these “gaps” lies the world of the Neko-Sushi in which, it is recently understood, lies the true identity of the cats that dwell with us here in the human dimension.

Yep. Makes perfect sense.


And if you’re still confused, there’s a helpful documentary:

But most perplexing of all is the sushi snow globes, hidden in the “Online Shop”.


With no English translation, these bizarre microcosms of herding maguro bombard my brain with endless streams of “Wha-??” That being said, I wish my Japanese language abilities permitted me to purchase one of these amazing little enigmas. Fortunately, my artistic abilities may permit me to one day make my own…

Desktop Goodies 7/28

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, art, Books, comics, film, food, humor, japan, kitsch, medicine, oddities, postcards, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

It looks like I was featured on Freshly Pressed, which has brought some new readers to this blog. If you’re new here…welcome! Please relax and stay a while…like this guy (by Michael Pratt):

Let me entertain you…

The cat does not appear to find this hairstyle flattering.

If swimsuits covered 99% of the body with the finest layered long sleeves and trousers…I’d be more like to wear one in public.

By comparison, this classic striped number looks positively scandalous.

Sea Lions…with human brains.

Violent beatings are always a great way to sell a product.

Few things go together like guns and Christianity…

…or kids and cigarettes.

…or booze and mornings.

Head of marketing campaign: “Don’t you see? We’re not selling a product, we’re selling a lifestyle!

Let’s look at happy things now, shall we? Like this laxative-dosed child.

I SAID…be happy!

Something tells me the gelatinous fish pie is not going to be the kiddie crowd pleaser this ad implies.

Yes. This is exactly what they do. This…and drool on things.

It’s what all the hipsters are using:

The “Health Belt” does absolute wonders…if you’re a man who happens to be sketched on paper.

What happens when there’s a fight on family portrait day in 1858.

Crazy Cat Lady dreams…

My thoughts originate from a 2″ X 2″ square of brain perpendicular to my eyeballs, in the very center of my forehead.

And if you want to know the depths of a woman’s thoughts, look no further than this handy diagram.

…Well then the whole trip is ruined:

This is a deeply profound message. See it. Feel it. Know it.


Double amazing.

May you all have a knockout day.

Meteorite Chocolates

Posted in food, geek, japan with tags , , on May 13, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Hey guys, remember the Planetary Chocolates I posted about? Well, the company has now come out with a set of Meteorite Chocolates.

Since I can’t read Japanese, I’m afraid I have no further info. But there product page is here.

Desktop Goodies 4/23

Posted in art, fashion, food, humor, japan, monsters, photography, potions, street art, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I was taken aback upon looking at this because it feels like someone did a high-contrast caricature of me without my knowledge (if you doubt it, see photo on upper right). Got the hair and my spindly little limbs down…

Hanging: you’re doing it wrong.

Files, not piles.

Has anyone been to the Heinz Haunted House? If so, I want to hear everything about it. Ketchup blood everywhere?

Chocolate Covered Strychnine! I wonder if fierce convulsions and eventual asphyxiation due to paralysis of neural pathways would be enough to deter me from something covered in chocolate.

Ten Realms Within the Body (1885). So THIS is what goes on in there. I knew it.

Ma’am, you have a…oh…nevermind.

If he were mine, I’d name him “Fluffy.”

Ah, this piece of street art reminds me of my many evenings spent in the subversive act of reading…my Wild(e) Nights.


How rare to see a cute piece of street art (this one is by MORA):

A monster I’d like to meet…providing it agrees to stand still long enough for me to read its heads.

You too, sir? What a coincidence.

Yikes. It’s about to get violent.

I seriously hope this is a “brain fog” typo.

“Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you’re afraid.”

Some pretty sweet skills (no artist credited):


I believe this actually comes from a company that makes theatrical hats. Brilliant.

Now, I don’t mean to undermine someone’s “art,” but if this scrap of paper sold for $500, I picked the wrong field when I decided to study medicine.

Kobayashi Eitaku: 9 Stages of Bodily Decay

Posted in anatomy, art, japan, macabre, vintage with tags , , , , on February 7, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I’m not sure if everyone has the same tolerance for morbidity that I do, but this series of drawings by Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890) depicting the stages of bodily decay is just so interesting!

Supposedly, this subject was a courtesan. Interesting choice.


Vintage Japanese Mermaids

Posted in antiques, art, illustration, japan, monsters, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Mermaids have a rich (rather culturally diverse) folklore surrounding them. What do you envision when you hear the word “mermaid?” An illustrious beauty with long, flowing hair?

Well, consider some renditions from 19th century Japan.

These illustrations range from about 1805-1840.

Apparently, reports of mermaid encounters were quite common during this time period…though undoubtedly far less desirable than running into one of our own culturally appropriated versions of the creature.


Cheval Noir

Posted in art, japan with tags , on August 9, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Cheval Noir is the website or Japanese artist Aya Kato.

Her work is so lushly detailed, with brilliant tapestries of color…

I swear, some of these images appear to actually give off light. Beautiful.

See more in her galleries.

Pre-Etsy Private Blog Sale

Posted in craft, Dana projects, ephemera, film, food, geek, japan, kitsch, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I’m finally setting up an Etsy and/or Artfire portfolio. Before I do, I want to offer a few discounted items I had on hand (in just one particular style) to my wonderful blog readers.

Pardon the awful snapshots. They look much better in person! And they’re only $12 each unless otherwise specified (5 for $50).

B-Movie Posters (requests for others granted):

1) Attack of the Giant Leeches (1 1/2″ X 1″)
2) The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1 1/2″ X 1″)
3) The Screaming Skull (1 1/2″ X 1″)
4) Jail Bait (1 1/2″ X 1″)

Vintage Spookshow Posters:

1) Francisco’s Big Midnite Spook Frolic (1 1/2″ X 1 1/8″)
2) Alliance Stage Spooks (1 3/8″ X 1″)
3) Halloween Midnite Show (1 1/4″ X 1 1/8″)
4) Midnite Spook Show (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
5) Midnite Jinx Show (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)

Misc Vintage:

1) Antique Ouija Board (1 1/2″ X 1″)
2) Sea Life Wunderkammer (1 1/2″ X 1″)
3) Hand of Fate Fortune Telling Game (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
4) Albini Magic Show Poster (1 3/8″ X 1″)
5) Femmebot (1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″)
6) Insectodeath antique poison label (1″ X 1 1/4″)

Vintage Film:

1) Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1″ X 1″)
2) Metropolis (1″ X 1″)
3) The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1″ X 1″)
4) Twilight Zone Mystic Seer (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
5) Skeleton Dance (closeup) (1″ X 1″)
6) Skeleton Dance (four smiles) (1 1/2″ X 1/2″)

Antique Anatomical Illustration:

1) Bird Skeleton (1 1/2″ X 1 1/8″)
2) Hand (1 1/2″ X 3/4″) Sale- $10
3) Brain (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
4) Skull (1″ X 1″)
5) Heart (1 1/8″ X 6/8″) Sale $10


1) Quantum physics on chalkboard (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
2) TV test pattern (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
3) Hubble image: spiral galaxy (1″ X 1″)
4) Hubble image: nebula (1″ X 1″)
5) Mirror neurons (1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″)

Misc kitsch:

1) Kitschy kitty (1 1/2″ X 1″)
2) Shrimp TV dinner (1 1/8″ X 6/8″)
3) Turkey TV dinner (1 1/8″ X 3/4″)
4) Cassette (customizable label) ((1 1/2″ X 6/8″)

Retro Japanese Kaiju (only $8 each):

(Please specify preference for image 1-7) All (1 1/2″ X 1/2″)

Please contact me to place an order or request a custom design. You name it…I can make it. Feel free to spread the word!

Shipping is $2 for the first item, $1 for each additional item (max $5). I take paypal, check or money order.

Desktop Goodies 6/7

Posted in advertising, anatomy, comics, ephemera, food, humor, japan, kitsch, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I saved this image the first time I saw it, then it popped up on about 30 of the regular sites I follow. I must say…these are great candles:

This reminds me of the small vase of doll heads on sticks in the corner of my desk. Sometimes I forget what’s in my own house.

Look at the sweet expression on this Kajiu’s face. He only wants a hug, really.

I actually sent little Crack Kitty as a greeting the other day (which I probably enjoyed far more than the recipient).

And some strung out veggies that remind me a bit of Nouar’s wonderful work.

Your daily dose of retro comic trepanation:

What comes to mind when you think of NORSE GODS? Stuffed cabbage? Me too. THOR-RIFFIC.

Sexy, cheesy gun love…

I wish I knew who this photographer is:

No idea what this was actually for:

Too many bad puns I could make. Invent your own.

Sweet cartoon cross section…

I want to recreate this hat:

Brimming with personality…

Stark contrast of pristine confection art and…for lack of a better term…BRAIN PLOP…brilliant.

I’m going through an anatomical bird phase at the moment.

I just put this one on a pendant:

And lastly, I give you a random shot of the world’s most timid fire extinguisher suggestion:


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