Japanese manga-ka Junko Mizuno, is known for her unique drawing style, which mixes childish sweetness and cuteness with blood and terror, a kawaii noir style there is very easy to recognize. In addition to her comics, she designs T-shirts, calendars, postcards, and other collectibles.
Lately, Mizuno has done a art installation called "My Sweet Octopus" for a fashion event by an Italian fashion brand Fornarina. In front of the installation, two cute models were cutting a tentacle made of marzipan and offering the pieces to the audience. Yummy!
"One of the most internationally acclaimed artists to emerge from Asia in the postwar era, Takashi Murakami effortlessly navigates between the worlds of fine art and popular culture and is best known for his cartoon-like, “superflat” style. This major traveling retrospective includes key selections spanning the artist’s career, from the early 1990s to the present. More than 90 works in various media—painting, sculpture, installation, and film—are installed in five sections, occupying over 35,000 square feet of exhibition space."
With themes ranging from mass consumerism and nuclear annihilation to sexual fetishism and coming of age, the exhibit is a gigantic retrospective of one of the most important artists of our age. Colorful, sexy, grotesque and hallucinogenic, the exhibit is a must see for fans of otaku culture and hentai!
BoingBoing: Laughing at machine-translated Japanese is a guilty pleasure—I'm sure the original Japanese is perfectly well-written—assuaged only by my hope that somewhere in Japan is a person laughing at a picture of an American with a tattoo of the characters for "tuna hero."
Gizmodo Japan's description of a flying witch arcade game, complete with rideable broom:
"In the witch the sky of the necessity the broom type controller which it flies. The taiwan game manufacturer "MEGA NET&TECH" developed, it was arcade edition of "[parase] D [runpe]". Still, development midway, it is with sample only. If the sponsor is attached, also the day when it is seen with the Gaea plug of neighborhood is close whether?! As for play animated picture in tomorrow rise stripe shank."
Itasha: Pimped rides, otaku style: Itasha are cars decorated with decals and paint jobs depicting anime, game and manga characters. The word itasha, which literally means “painful car,” is derived from the kanji for itai (”painful”) and sha (”car”). The word also appears to be a reference to the Italian sportscar, also known as itasha (although the ita for Italian is spelled with katakana instead of kanji), a conventional sort of chick magnet driven by a different sort of guy.