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This is a beautiful video that shows the artistic process of Riusuke Fukahori, who just showed a selection of amazing multi-dimensional goldfish art at a gallery in London. Apparently he was inspired by his pet goldfish to do both the giant painting drawn finished with a broom and the 3D-looking acrylic on clear resin series.
I was on a work call with an editor in the UK today and he said one of two words he knew in Japanese was ゴキブリホイホイ (gokirubi hoi hoi). In case you don’t know what this very important word means, it’s actually the name of a popular cockroach-catching contraption that is shaped like a little house. The house has mysterious substances in it that lures cockroaches in through its doors; but once they enter, they get stuck on the sticky floor and can never get out and eventually die. We used to have one in our old house but I don’t remember seeing any immobilized cockroaches living in it.
You may not need a real gokiburi hoi hoi if you don’t have a roach problem, but you can get this lovely little keychain that looks like one — it even comes with a resident cockroach! — for just 600 yen here.
In this video, a man has figured out how to make a flute out of a cabbage. Watch him play the butterfly song.
Artist Yayoi Kusama does it again — this time with the help of Australian children! As part of her latest exhibition Look Now, See Forever — on view at the Queensland Art Gallery through March 11 — she prepared a stark white room and then gave visiting kids thousands of colorful dots that they were then allowed to put wherever they wanted. So cool!
via Spoon and Tamago
For those of you who have not gone to sleep on January 1 yet, please try to dream about Mt. Fuji, an eggplant, or an eagle. It has long been known that carrying one of these three items in your subconscious is the key to having a good year.
The photo above is of kids’ calligraphy at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. If you ever wondered why all Japanese people have excellent penmanship, it is because we are trained to do this from a very young age.