This is a Japanese commercial for A Link to the Past that features choreographed dancing, Japanese rap, and also a major spoiler for something that happens in the last 5 minutes of the game. It’s pretty great.
Japanese design duo RGB (Shuji Tomishima and Takushi Okina) created an awesome series of rings that spell out onomatopoeic sound effects in katakana as they’re found in manga.
“Katakana sound effects have long been a vital part of manga, with authors often using them lavishly throughout sequences to help heighten the visual mood of the story. It’s actually a really interesting topic of thought: designing typography based on the sound effect that each character has.”
These striking rings are available through Mitsubai Tokyo. Prices range from smaller characters (ッ) which sell for 7,612 yen to larger characters (ド・ゴ・ハ・ガ) which sell for 23,100 yen.
Developed by international ad agency bbdo for the umino seaweed shop, design nori is a series of intricately laser-cut seaweed for rolling sushi. Each sheet of five designs— sakura (cherry blossoms), mizutama (water drops), asanoha (hemp), kikkou (turtle shell), and kumikkou (tortoise shell)— is based on an element of Japanese history or symbology, meant to bring beauty, good fortune, growth, happiness, and longevity. Because of the precision required in the cutting process, the seaweed itself is a thicker variety from the sanriku region of miyagi. Umino plans to use the leftover clippings to sell as furikake topping or recompile into other sheets. The project was commissioned to respark the sale of nori following the tsunami in japan of 2011, at a time when umino director hiroyuki umino notes that japanese are eating less seaweed than in the past.
One of the most visually striking aspects for a newcomer to kabuki is the exaggerated make-up worn by the actors, especially those playing the most dramatic roles. It is particularly vivid when associated with a supernatural character. The name of this style of make-up, kumadori, is derived from kuma—lines, wrinkles, and toru—to take, to follow.