Japanese Artist Colors Anime-Inspired Paper Cutouts With Real-World Environments

Japanese artist Kotetsu blends illustration photography and kirie (Japanese traditional paper cutting) to create beautiful works of art that bring anime heroines into the real world.

Instead of using ink or colored pencils to color the outfits of his illustrations, Kotetsu cuts out the paper canvas and juxtaposes his creations against various backdrops, thus letting Mother Nature do the coloring for him. The result is stunning, often-times bordering on breathtaking. From autumn foliage, and fields full of flowers, to picturesque sunsets and starry night skies, Kotetsu uses nature’s most beautiful elements to complete his artworks.

More: Instagram h/t: odditycentral

Kotetsu starts out by sketching an anime-inspired female character on a sheet of white paper, using thick black outlines and small colored details, like the eyes, hair or various accessories. He then carefully cuts out large sections of the illustration, most often the characters’ garments, but sometimes parts of the background as well. Finally, he looks for the right natural backdrop to color his artwork with.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/japanese-artist-colors-anime-inspired-paper-cutouts-with-real-world-environments/

Photographer’s Stunning Shots of Gorgeous Mountain Temple Look Straight out Of an Anime

Impressive photographer Iori Takano focuses her camera lens on the striking seasonal scenery and vibrant natural color found across Japan, with a particular focus on shots that show off the sky. Her latest set of photos is garnering praise definitely fits that theme, but is garnering attention for just how much it looks like it was lifted out of a gorgeously created anime.

More: Twitter, Instagram h/t: grapee

For these breathtaking photos, Takano traveled to Wakayama prefecture’s Koyasan, a mountain known for its temples dedicated to Shingon Buddhism. Pictured in them is the head temple of Kongobuji, and Takano’s timing of the photos makes the already gorgeous sight of the temple in falling snow seem out of this world.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/photographers-stunning-shots-of-gorgeous-mountain-temple-look-straight-out-of-an-anime/

Japan 2077: Photographer Aishy Has Captured Tokyo in a Striking Cyberpunk Mood at Night

Aishy is a French art director and photographer with a passion for Japanese urban spaces. From December 2019 to January 2020, he spent many nights on Tokyo’s streets to capture the fascinating atmosphere caused by neon lights as well as the hustle and bustle on and off the streets. The images of the series convey a striking cyberpunk mood.

More: Instagram, Behance

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/japan-2077-photographer-aishy-has-captured-tokyo-in-a-striking-cyberpunk-mood-at-night/

Japanese Service Lends “Weathering with You” Clear Umbrellas with Hina Floating in The Sky


Makoto Shinkai’s popular 2019 romantic fantasy anime film ‘Weathering with You’ will be broadcast on Japanese television for the first time. Fans are particularly looking forward to this, since there will be a special new one-minute ending directed by Shinkai, emphasizing the message of “weathering hardships” which resonates even more in these pandemic times.

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To commemorate the occasion, i-kasa, an umbrella rental service established in 2018, will be lending special clear umbrellas cleverly designed so as to display an image of deuteragonist Hina from an iconic scene in which she is seen floating in the world above the clouds.


As you can see in this close up, the line “Hey, it’ll clear up now” is printed vertically in Japanese, along with the film logo, the date and time of the TV broadcast (Asahi TV, 9:00 PM, for those who can watch it), along with sponsor and copyright information.


The umbrellas will be installed inside Ikebukuro Station, Shinjuku Station, and Yoyogi Station, which are the settings of the movie. i-kasa is a convenient umbrella sharing service that allows you to easily borrow an umbrella and return it wherever you like when it suddenly rains or when it’s inconvenient to bring an umbrella with you.

With these umbrellas, you can “walk with Hina” in the actual areas so often depicted in Makoto Shinkai’s works.









SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/japanese-service-lends-weathering-with-you-clear-umbrellas-with-hina-floating-in-the-sky/

Rare Hand-Colored Photographs of Japan on The Brink of Modernity in 1870s

Street minstrel, Gose.

Here’re a few rare photographs from the 1870s taken by Shinichi Suzuki (1835-1918) who photographed Japan for a foreign newsmagazine called The Far East.

After his lumber family business was destroyed by a tsunami in 1854, Suzuki traveled to Yokohama where he became an established photographer. Many of his photographs were hand-colored, which is why they appear more realistic and modern than the black and white photos of that era.

By the time of the photographer’s death in 1918, Japan had changed drastically, its society, politics, and economy were on par with the Western world. The traditional Japanese lifestyle that Suzuki Shin’ichi had captured in these photographs was being rapidly replaced by Western standards and values.

h/t: rarehistoricalphotos

Professional singers.


Tea house waitress.

Tea house waitress.

Woman in traditional garment with sword.

A Japanese woman.

Farm laborer with rain coat.

A group of Japanese women.

An unknown Japanese woman.

Osaki Kioto dancer.

Man preparing a fish.


An unknown Japanese woman.


Woman with parasol.

Two Japanese Men in Traditional Dress, 1870s.

Japanese woman in traditional dress posing outdoors.

Japanese woman in traditional dress posing with a child on her back.

Buddha Sculpture, 1870s.

Actor in samurai armor.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/rare-hand-colored-photographs-of-japan-on-the-brink-of-modernity-in-1870s/

Now You Can Look Like A Void With This $22 Vortex Hoodie


There’s a general consensus that our clothing is meant to represent our personality—maybe you like to wear button-down shirts and want to always appear proper, or perhaps band T-shirts are the attire that you refuse to put down. Basically, we all have our styles and preferences, and it’s natural to strive for our brand of perfection.

But what to do on the day when you want to be both comfortable and original at the same time, without sacrificing your dramatic flair? Well, hoodies with fluffy ears might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and they might fail to reflect your inner feelings. Luckily, the clothing industry is almost as vast as the internet, and thus we proudly present—the Vortex Hoodie! For all your void-related needs!

h/t: boredpanda


The hoodie has been making rounds on internet, with the obvious comments associated with the blatant theme of absence and, well, void. The somewhat original design took the established idea of optical illusions on clothing and presented its own twist.


For those who want to make a statement about the deep and endless void that’s inside all of us (or just for laughs), the hoodie’s front and back are linked with a endless corridor of nothingness. And if you think that’s too deep, here’s a simpler explanation: either side of the hoodie will seem part of the same set (unlike clothing that has something going on in the front, and is blank on the back).

Reportedly, the hoodie first appeared in a market in Japan, with a reasonable price tag of $22. Japan is no stranger to strange clothing options, catering to a variety of original ideas and even otherworldly fashions (just look at Harajuku street fashion). Therefore, this hoodie—no matter how optically challenging—is a tame option.

All in all, if you are looking for something fantastic to wear to your next Zoom meeting, or if you want a proper representation for your tirade about the unavoidable slippery slope of existence (yes, we go there too!), this hoodie can cover all your fashion needs—or at least it’s a great conversation piece. Let your imagination run wild!

Should you want to delve deeper into wearable illusions, there’s quite a selection hidden in the depths of the almighty internet. And for your consideration, here are some of them. Would you wear any of them? Or are they too loopy for your tastes?


The void is not the only optical illusion hoodie. Here’s one that leads towards the light:


Hole-like openings reveal the image underneath, creating layers on an otherwise flat surface:


It may look like a wearable paper bag, but the hoodie is actually made from regular fabric:


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/now-you-can-look-like-a-void-with-this-22-vortex-hoodie/

Japanese Photographer Captures Mystical Shrines Covered in Snow

Located in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kifune shrine is effortlessly iconic. It is one of the highest-ranked government supported shrines, and for a good reason. The shrine is surrounded by wildlife and nearby rivers. It also bears worship to Shinto spirits related to water. Overall, Kifune shrine is easily recognizable owing to its many red lanterns.

Recently, photographer Usadanu posted striking pictures of the shrine on Twitter. Usadanu’s photoshoot took place shortly after December 15th, the first snowfall in the area. As you can see, the shrine’s majestic facade is even more amazing when covered in snow.

More: Twitter h/t: grapee

Fortunately for fans, Usadanu is well-versed at capturing such snow-covered vistas. The photographer’s Twitter feed showcases several other such images like these:

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/japanese-photographer-captures-mystical-shrines-covered-in-snow/

The Snowman Carrier – A Special Bag to Carry Your Tiny Snowman

With this beautiful bag by Tsuchiya Kaban you will be able to walk all the time with your snowman! A frivolous and fun accessory that will make all the difference during the Christmas holidays. The Snowman Carrier comes with a carrot pocket and a removable tray so you can take your friend out of ice with more convenience.

This waterproof bag is Yuko Matsuzawa’s latest crazy creation, which follows the watermelon tote bag of the same brand, from the line The Fun of Carrying, which challenges designers to create projects that are as fun as they are unusual.

More: Tsuchiya Kaban h/t: fubiz

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/the-snowman-carrier-a-special-bag-to-carry-your-tiny-snowman/

Zipper Fastener Ship: Boat Shaped Like Giant Zip Puller Looks Like It’s Opening the Water

Japanese designer Yasuhiro Suziki has created a unique boat shaped like a giant zipper puller that looks like it’s opening up the water when sailing. Unveiled as part of the Designart Tokyo 2020 event, the zipper puller boat – officially known as ‘Zipper Fastener Ship’ – is the brain child of Japanese designer Yasuhiro Suzuki, who claims it was the result of a simple observation.


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/zipper-fastener-ship-boat-shaped-like-giant-zip-puller-looks-like-its-opening-the-water/

The World’s Youngest-Ever Lego Certified Professional Just Made this 50,000 piece Great Wave

There are only 21 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world and Junpei Mitsui is the only one from Japan, and the youngest-ever when he was named a LEGO Certified Professional in 2011 at the age of 24. More: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube h/t: twistedsifter Born in Akashi City, Mitsui’s latest LEGO masterpiece can be found on permanent display at the Hankyu Brick Museum in Osaka. For this work...


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/the-worlds-youngest-ever-lego-certified-professional-just-made-this-50000-piece-great-wave/