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We Heart Japanese Designer Anrealage’s Effervescent Charm

Japanese designer Anrealage is the spirit sister of American sportswear designer Thom Browne. Both play with proportion and shape, and in the process create new forms and bodies. And Anrealage’s designer Kunihiko Morinaga is guided more by architecture than by current fashion trends. She loves Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi most. “I love all of Antoni Gaudí’s work. The way he used patterns and recurring motifs was really cool and I love the design process behind the La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí made scale models and hung wires upside down to create the curves of the building. Also, his philosophy about architecture fitting within nature can be applied to fashion too.” But the body — and more expressly the obfuscation of the body — is at the core of Morinaga’s work. “We set ourselves the challenge of designing clothes in sizes and formats that had never been seen before. So yes, we were challenging the perception of the “normal body,” but just by trying to create a new way to design, rather than attacking anything.” Check out some of her incredible, effervescent designs. [Vice]

A Scrotum Itch Commercial Worth Watching, Even For The Scrotum-Less

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I have no business watching a scrotum itch commercial, much less one in Japanese. But I don’t regret the minutes of my life I’ll never get back after watching this on repeat. There’s itching. There’s singing. There’s dancing (sort of). Why can’t Vagisil commercials be this funny? (I mean, outside of “Saturday Night Live.”) [Copyranter]

How To Get Slow Walkers Out Of The Way

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Though I am a short person, I walk mercilessly fast. I cannot deal with slow walkers, and especially teams of slow walkers that insist on spreading themselves out across the entire lane of the sidewalk. Thankfully, this Japanese guy figured out a genius way to get slow walkers to move out of the way. In Japan, anyway. If I tried this in New York I’d probably get punched in the face. [YouTube]

Japanese Pop Stars Create App To Show What Your Babies Would Look Like Together

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Stalking celebrities just got taken to another level with a creepy new app from the Japanese pop group AKB48. Their AKBaby app “creates” your baby with one of its pop stars (whom you may know, if not for their music, for their ostentatious matching outfits during performances). For a perplexingly steep $18 a month, you can access the app and download a photo of “your” baby and then … I dunno, look at it? Keep reading »

What’s Happening Here? “Pon Pon Pon” Edition


Since I don’t speak a lick of Japanese, I’m forced to visually interpret what this weird video from Japanese artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is all about. My take: “I love cute stuff, so much cute stuff, also dripping eyeballs. Maybe I murder you? Eyeballs vomit from my mouth! It’s my evil! A dancing adult baby clenches my spirit. It is always in the shadows. Let’s dance!” What’s your take? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Russell Brand Banned From Entering Japan, Katy Perry Cries

“Planning escape from Japanese custody. It’s bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick … Stockholm syndrome kicking in. Just asked my guard out for (vegetarian) sushi. He giggled … Alcatraz! Shawshank Redemption! And now this! Ah, sweet blue bird of freedom!”

Russell Brand‘s tweets on Sunday morning about being barred from entering the country of Japan to see wife Katy Perry perform. The problem was apparently several “priors” in his past. [Huffington Post]

While Russell seemed to have a sense of humor about the situation, Katy wasn’t so amused. See what she tweeted after the jump. Keep reading »

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