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Shoichi Tsurukawa

Posted in art, japan with tags , , , on September 25, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Shoichi Tsurukawa uses a dyeing technique called tsutsugaki (staining cotton with colored rice paste) to create brightly colored works. Traditional tsutsugaki pieces are usually indigo dye on a light colored canvas, but clearly Tsurukawa makes the process his own!

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From the artist statement:
I can easily indulge myself in the colors of happiness, anger and grief as my heart is always drawn by the vividness of my own emotions. What I want to portray is humans, namely the common โ€œsomethingโ€ that lies underneath our appearance.

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Shoichi Tsurukawa

Jinen Design Cat Wallet

Posted in accessories, cats, japan, products, wish list with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Many times, I’ve looked at classy black wallets and thought “this needs a 3D cat face on it” (by many, I mean never…but now that I know this exists, I will). The effect is rather striking, don’t you think?

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I’m not sure if these are available for purchase in the US. If anyone knows an online store that features Japanese goods and carries them, please share!

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I also love their little tag/ID cases!

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Jinen Design Cat Wallet

Desktop Goodies 4/10

Posted in absurd, anatomy, art, clothing, fashion, film, humor, japan, photography, retro, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with some sea inspired fashion…
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And a gorgeous octopus ice sculpture:
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A stunning still frame.
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I like the way this woman thinks. Pizza will never break your heart.
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A beautiful soul is made of rabbits.
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Oh thank you, Rachel, for this…and your other invaluable contributions to this post.
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I’m sure it’s happening somewhere…
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Traveling in style.
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I approve of this progression.
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Yep, it’s a wig made of countless earbuds on strings…for people who want to have listening parties and don’t care about personal space.
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Who remembers this?
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All of my outfits are based on various diaphonized specimens. Fashion at its finest.
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Yohey Horishita

Posted in art, japan with tags , on March 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Yohey Horishita painted these enchanting hands as a cover for the entertainment publication Oz Magazine.

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Horishita uses oil pastels, ink and digital art (sometimes combinations) to expressive work with a somehow simultaneously vibrant and muted color palette.
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We can see the influence of traditional Japanese art, with a modern styling that is ultimately unique.
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Zollmen Fancy Toys

Posted in japan, toys with tags , on February 15, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This toy…is amazing. I mean, really, it stops you in your tracks with its globular golden head and triple fanged…whatever that look is. Seeing it made me wish I were more well versed in Japanese designer toys.
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These are called Takemi and they come from Zollmen. Unfortunately, they’ll set you back $125, which some might not be willing to pay for such purposeful ugliness.

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The company website was down, but here are some other incredible toys that show up in a google image search.
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Look at this poor lonely fellow! I want to adopt him.
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If you a bit about where to find more examples of outrageous fancy vinyl toys, please share.

Desktop Goodies 12/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, creatures, humor, japan, monsters, nature, photography, skulls and skeletons, space, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Hypnokitty says…you will read the entirety of this post…
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I’m not sure if this was a recurring character or a one time thing, but it’s very unusual art for a motor oil ad.
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The bow really makes this.
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I love this kid.
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I previously considered my own cats to be pretty well prepared, but I was quite mistaken.
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The most projectile vomit I’ve ever seen in an antique colorized photo.
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It’s funny…because it’s true.
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I’m surprised this never happened to me when I was deep in my heavy metal phase.
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Nature is incredible.
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SWS Gift Guide: Fluffy Forehead Fragrance Fabric Water

Posted in absurd, cats, gift guide, home, japan, products with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

“Gift guide” is a holiday feature (surprised I haven’t done it already), and technically this probably shouldn’t even count because the company does not ship to the US. But Felissimo’s Fluffy Forehead Fragrance Fabric Water is a very special product.

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The chief of Yamamoto Perfumery took four months smelling the heads of cats to perfect the scent of FFFFW, and it retails for about $10.60 USD.

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Of course, they recommend using it on Felissimo’s fine array of kitty cushions (which strikes me as the saddest, loneliest…and most awesome activity). I can’t say, with certainty, that I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t have two of the real thing in my home.

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What does your cat’s head smell like? I’ll go first. Morbius: laundry detergent, if laundry detergent for cats existed. Nimbus: happiness and faint, pungent litter.

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