OK I admit it – I missing being an active blogger so Cakehead Loves Evil is back if that is OK with everyone? Oh I will also be sharing a lot via the Miss Cakehead Facebook page. In brief I realized the other day that with over 5 million views I must have been doing something right with this blogging lark so I should really carry on. Hope this makes you happy, I am actually rather excited.
As some of you may remember I am openly obsessed with the creative randomness of Japanese Love Hotels ever since reading this book. I should add for clarity not the sex side but the what the hell was the designer thinking, and how the hell do you get off on that wondering side.
With a whopping 500 million visits a year, love hotels – establishments that offer couples a private, short-stay location in which they can indulge in the pleasures of the flesh – are a booming business in Japan. Indeed, it’s been estimated that 1.4 million Japanese people, or 2% of the country’s population, visit a love hotel each day.
Having been fascinated with them for years – and it being hard to find out as much as I would like to know online – there has not been much fresh content to blog on a Love Hotel theme for a year or so now (for the record Gang Snowman is still my favorite). But that has changed with the discovery of a rich seam of abandoned love hotel images online – still not as scary as the derelict Mr Blobby Land photography though. Nothing will ever be that scary.
I MUST have the owl ones but sadly can’t find out any more information about them as they are from Japan:
*Collet is very dangerous, do not proceed any further if you are at work!* Released by Native, Collet is a Japanese online exclusive figure based on Tony Taka‘s artwork acquired via proxy buyer Tokyohunter last week. This premium 1/6 figure ships in an exquisite packaging with absolutely no opening on the box, consealing its succumbing etchi charm.
Well it makes a change from the scottie dog / snowball fight / christmas tree / robin adorned Christmas cakes on sale in the UK.
So…. from what I can grasp this cake is based on a figure from 2009 and sold out. Even though this cake may well not be your cup of tea (erm Fish down the pants for example) you can’t question their OH MY GOD level of detail.
Want extra details – read more over at Danny Choo’s blog and see all images (some VERY NSFW) here.
BLOGGING ADMISSION: I can’t quite figure it out and this may not be a cake but just a figure which comes in a cake box. In which case please mentally replace the word cake with plate in the previous paragraph. PLEASE do correct me if I have managed to totally get this one wrong!!!
I am not the world’s biggest Firework fan for so many reasons (I wont list or this will turn into a bit of rant and it’s Christmas). However even I – firework hater supreme – appreciate the (unlit) beauty of these designer fireworks for adults. A glorious extra layer of unnecessary thought and attention to detail on an element that won’t affect their primary function – to explode and look pretty. Almost too pretty to light which suits me fine! Yes of course they are from Japan did you really have to ask?
They are produced by Tokyo’s classic fireworks maker Yamagata, these sparklers and assorted small fireworks are top quality and certainly invoke nostalgia, but it’s the additional coloring and concept by design firmMethod that makes them truly unique.
Photography & source Japan Trends.
Unlit it stops raining firework fans will just have to fill your boots with this amazing Mexican display below.
Creative lab PARTY recently conducted an impressive media stunt in downtown Tokyo, titled the “Fastest Painted Website“, to promote a new Toyota concept car. A number of artists collaborated together to live-paint a billboard that became a working website in real time with constantly changing clickable elements as it came together.
SOOOOOO CLEVER and one for the creative ‘must try’ ideas bank for me.
Say what you want about Greenhouse but you can’t deny some of their awareness generating stunts are pretty darn clever (via crackajack)
They’ve come up with a really great idea on how to publicize the results of some of their radiation tests of fish from Japanese supermarket shelves. A fake advertisement flier, listing the amounts of cesium instead of prices.
And the message it sends is very clear: Greenpeace could not find any fish that contained radiation exceeding legal safety limits. The legal limit for Japan is 500 becquerels per kilogram. The highest amount of radiation they found in one fish was 47.3 Bq/kg, or less than one tenth the limit.
This incredible climbing wall was designed and developed by the renowned design studio Nendo Japanese architecture and equipped for one of the rooms in Tokyo fitness club Omotesando ILLOIHA. Made from a mixture of picture frames and traditional climbing holds words can not describe how much I love this, and that’s from someone with vertigo!
(via The Trendy Girl)
This is an amazing set of photography for Vice Magazine from Alex Hoban who was sent to visit an abandoned & derelict space station in Japan – read all about it here.