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Stunning Chalkboard Art by Fine Arts teacher Hirotaka Hamasaki

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Today we want to share some stunning chalkboard art by fine arts teacher Hirotaka Hamasaki. He is knows as Hamacream in his social media, but he is an art teacher and graphic designer that surprises students with stunning chalkboard art. He recreates masterpieces and manga art on his blackboard. Can you imagine arriving to class and finding such wonderful art on it? Hokusai, Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci are only examples of what you can expect on his chalkboard. He is an amazing teacher. In fact, it seems that he also illustrated a scene from the anime film “your name” (kimi no na wa).

Let’s take a closer look at his art!

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Japanese present wrapping for Xmas: do it like a pro!

Ever wondered how Japanese wrap their presents? Take a look at this awesome video and follow all the steps for the ultimate Japanese present wrapping art! Do it like a pro and surprise all your family friends! (It is not that difficult!)

You only need a squared paper, somewhat bigger than the present you want to wrap, and some tape (not a lot of it, actually). You’ll be the master of present wrapping in no time!

Need ideas for presents this Xmas? Click here.

Japanese Artist Get Arrested for Distributing 3D Modeling Data of Her Vagina


Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested this week for distributing 3D modeling data of her vagina over internet. According to news reports, she was working on an art project that was crowd-funded to create a 3D-printed kayak based on her vagina. In return for crowd’s donation, she distributed 3D modeling data created from her vagina. Japanese police evidently did not like it and charged her with obscenity.

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Japan Word of the Day #47 – Nimaime/Sanmaime (Cool guy/Dorky guy)

Today’s Word is: Nimaime and Sanmaime (二枚目 and 三枚目)

Nimaime is a term that describes a handsome-looking guy with graceful manner. Basically, anything he does or says makes him look cool. The literal translation of the word “nimaime” is “the second one,” where the last syllable “me” is an unit of measurement for a flat object.

The term originates from kabuki industry in Edo period. When kabuki is performed, it is customary to post a set of eight banners at the performance venue. The first banner shows the name of protagonist. The second banner is usually reserved for a young, good-looking actor. Thus “the second one,” or nimaime, eventually became an expression referring to any handsome man.

From right, the second banner is used for a cool guy, and the third banner for a funny guy.

The third banner, on the other hand, usually has the name of comic relief character. Thus “the third one,” or sanmaime, became an expression referring to a dorky, uncool guy. Although someone who’s described as sanmaime is generally not good-looking, it also carries positive connotation of being funny and lovable.

Examples of anime characters that fall in sanmaime category would be Lupin from Lupin the Third, Usopp from ONE PIECE, and Kuririn from Dragon Ball.


Evangelion Exhibition in Ginza Sells Limited Edition Prints and New Official Merchandise


Evangelion Art Exhibition is being held at Matsuya in Ginza, Tokyo since August 7th, 2013. Three hundred gengas and one thousand layouts, sketches, settei, douga are being displayed along with life-size Evangelion character figures.



Cool gengas, huh?

One of the souvenirs sold at the exhibition is a set of art prints featuring the new character art drawn for the event, Asuka, Kaworu, Shinji, Rei, and Mari. This set or prints are so popular they sold out within 2 hours from the grand opening.

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Using the above artwork, each print will be delivered in a frame, as shown below.


The prints are made to order, so they will be shipped in September once ordered (in which order slots are already full). Not many of them can be found on Yahoo Japan Auction even, so get them while listings last!



Some other cool merchandises from the event include: Evangelion Exhibition exclusive figures, mugs, rubber coasters, and more!

Evangelion Exhibition Exclusive Rei Ayanami Figure





Evangelion Rubber Coasters








Evangelion Mugs

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There are more souvenirs and merchandises from the show, check all listings on Evangelion Exhibition at Yahoo Japan Auction via Rinkya!