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Experience Yayoi

BY Intern Tessa in Arts

The Whitney Museum of American Art will present the exhibit Yayoi Kusama, about the avante-garde, extremely original artist of the same name's development over six decades. She worked in Japan and the United States. It will start on July 12 and run until September 30th. This woman’s middle name is versatile. She paints, draws, sculpts, creates films, performs, and immerses you in the art, taking you to the place she has created. Her pieces are unique, to say the least. She is infamous for her use of polka dots and patterns that will blow your mind. Read More
  Ever wished your cooler was big enough to store your delicious summer watermelon, so you didn’t have to slice it before going to your picnic/pool party? Well, luckily for you, some Japanese inventors/manufacturers have thought of just the thing to help you out. Back in 2010, Marugoto Tamachan produced a portable watermelon cooler for that very purpose. Measuring about 35x50 cm and shaped a bit like a space pod, this cooler is mounted on wheels so that it can go everywhere you do. It can also heat your watermelon up, if you’re into that sort of thing. Read More
Blonde Redhead frontwoman Kazu Makino has organized some pretty stellar musicians for a good cause: We Are the Works in Progress is a 14-song compilation album to support Japan's efforts to rebuild and heal after  the 2011 tsunami.  The album features exclusive tracks, remixes, and new versions of songs-- many of them works in progress themselves-- from artists such as Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray, The Knife), John Maus, and Deerhunter. Read More
The creators of gothic lolita, harajuku, and ganguro are back! But, this time more  laid back and adventure-y. Don't worry though, they're still plenty kawaii and filled with all the layers and patterns we know, admire, and love. Of course, I'm talking about a new trend in Japan called Yama Girls.No, no it's not a mass of leather clad Japanese girls on Yamaha motorcycles zipping around Tokyo,(though that would be awesome!), this style ditches all the bells and whistles that the others have. Read More
  Japan is always releasing cool things, but probably one of the coolest and trippiest is Hatsune Miku--Hatsu (first), Ne (sound), and Miku (future) is a name meaning "the first sound from the future". Miku is a Japanese Pop idol and she isn't even real! But, that doesn't stop her from having sold out concerts in Japan, L.A., and an upcoming concert in Singapore.She sings, she dances, and she does all this with an awesome set of flowing aquamarine pig tails. The "girl" can own an audience. Read More
Of the 6.78 billion people on Earth, over 60% of the population belongs to Asia. In the last two decades, the Asia-Pacific population has been growing at a slower rate compared to the rest of the world, according to the United Nations. A recent study by the East-West Center, a research center based in Hawaii, reveals that a great societal change is taking place in various nations of East and Southeast Asia - the marriage and fertility rates are dropping significantly among Asian women. Read More
Thanks to FRUiTS, the world can keep up with what the ladies of Harajuku, Tokyo are strutting in on a daily basis. The monthly street style magazine has been snapping shots since the mid 90s, and the August issue is filled with the usual volume of fresh and fearless fashion. These girls will wear whatever they want, whenever they want, and they don't mind if you do a double-take or two. Here are some of the looks featured in the current issue: Yo Nicki, this is what a real Harajuku Barbie looks like. With her Harajuku Ken. Read More
  Months after the most powerful known earthquake to hit Japan, the country continues to suffer. Tourism in Japan is taking a hard hit. Asahi TV reports about a 50.3% decrease in the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan in March, most likely affected by the public’s fear of health hazards post-crisis.So when I heard that the Mother Monster was in Tokyo, promoting tourism and performing at a charity concert, one thought came to mind: her monster fame might do some serious good for Japan. Read More
Blythe Dolls: much too scary for children, but much more appropriate for high fashion designers and collectors. From Blythe’s 9th Anniversary “Manga Girls Inspiration” collection, Blythe and Manga are hosting a charity auction donating all proceeds to the “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami” fund through Red Cross Japan. Starting June 1st—Blythe and BUST fanatics will have the opportunity to own the one-of-kind, super exclusive BUST Magazine Blythe doll designed by our very own Callie! Yup, I said it. We’ve designed our very own a Blythe doll. Read More
CNN uncovered a truly amazing story today about a young girl in California who received notice that her family is alive in Minami Sanriku, Japan via YouTube.  Akiko Kosaka studies at the University of California at Riverside where she began a yearlong study of English last September. She is originally from Minami Sanriku, a small fishing village on the coast of Japan where an estimated 17,000 residents were feared to be dead or missing after last week’s tsunami. Read More