Dog And Owner “Wear Each Other’s Hair” … Because It’s Art

 

Most pet owners know there’s a thin line between loving your pet and loving your pet. Well Japanese artist Aki Inomata dangerously walks that line with her new project “I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair.” Yes, the title is quite self-explanatory.

Inomata collected bundles of her own hair and wove it into a small coat for her dog. She then collected heaps of hair from her dog and created a trendy, tan coat for herself. Yes, they literally wear each other’s hair.

Although this merely seems like an extreme pet love, Inomata swears that her art project aims to show a conflicted owner’s feelings over “owning” another living creature.

“The concept of my works is to get people to perceive the modes of life of various living creatures by experiencing a kind of empathy towards them.” she said in a statement to DesignBoom.

If you’re interested in checking out this peculiar piece of art, the exhibit is currently running at the Hagisa Gallery in Tokyo.

 

 

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Photos courtesy of Huffington Post. 

Family Who Found Daughter 10 Years After Tsunami Also Finds Son

 

Earlier this month, we brought you the heartwarming story of Raudhatul Jannah, who was reunited with her family 10 years after a gigantic tsunami hit her Indonesian province. Now, it appears the family has yet another reason to rejoice. Soon after their reunion with Jannah, the family was able to locate Jannah’s missing older brother, Arif Pratama Rangkuti.

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, which occurred on December 26, 2004, killed an estimated total of 250,000 people and left 1.7 million residents homeless. The tsunami caused Jannah (who was only 4 years old at the time) and Arif (who was 7) to separate from their parents. After months of searching, the children were presumed dead.

Ten years later, Jannah’s uncle spotted a girl walking along the street and could not ignore the resemblance to his lost niece. After many questions, Jannah was confirmed as the missing daughter believed to be dead by her family. Best of all, she brought news that her brother may still be alive since they were briefly stranded on an island together.

 

 

News of this reunion gained much attention and the family hoped this would be enough to find their missing son as well. They were right. According to The Guardian, a couple contacted the family after seeing a picture of young Arif. Apparently, a homeless teenager had a strong resemblance to the child in the photo and when they showed the young man a picture of the family, he exclaimed, “That’s mother!”

After confirming his identity, the family picked him up earlier this week. Call it a miracle, but after 10 years of being apart, this family is finally complete again.

 

A Mother’s Creative Bento Boxes Teach Japan’s Geography And Look Adorable

 

We’ve seen everything from adorable Hello Kitty bento boxes to intricate panda bento boxes. And just when we thought we’ve seen it all, another creative food artist comes along and impresses us even more.

Bentos are home-packed meals common in Japanese cuisine. Traditionally, these boxes hold rice, fish or meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables. More recently, “kyaraben” (which translates to “character bento”) has picked up in popularity. Kyaraben are elaborately decorated bento boxes inspired by characters from anime, comics books, video games, animals, shows, etc. It is not uncommon to come across Japanese children comparing bento boxes at lunchtime to see who has the most impressive looking meal.

But one mother, who goes by the Twitter handle Sasariri, decided that she wanted her bento boxes to not only be cute but help educate her child as well. To do this, she very skillfully incorporated Japan’s prefectures as the theme for each bento box.

For each bento box, she used food items such as seaweed, egg and rice to accurately show the shape of one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including Hokkaido, Kyoto and Tokyo. She even added the name of of each prefecture written in the roman alphabet to help her child learn even more.

Creative, yummy, cute and educational? Yes, please.

 

 

 

 

 

CHECK OUT MORE OF HER CREATIONS HERE.

 

Adorable Japanese Children Share Thoughts on Love, War and Happiness

 

If I were to ask seasoned, middle-aged individuals about their thoughts on war and love, my guess is that a handful would give me a response sprinkled with political opinions and even more would spew out jaded responses based on “the one that got away.”

But what about asking innocent children to dig into their brain and tell us what they feel about these deep issues? Their answers would be drastically different right?

Ryugin, an Okinawa-based bank, decided to go ahead and find out what sort of ideas were bouncing around in a child’s head. In a commercial titled “Children and Philosophy,” bright-eyed Japanese children give their adorable perspective on things.

The commercial, which is an advertisement for education loans that can benefit a child’s future, will have you smiling over their innocence.

 

 

 

China’s Bizarre “Face-Kini” Makes It To French High Fashion

 

Back in 2012, a Chinese beach accessory known as the “face-kini” began attracting worldwide attention.

The term face-kini gained online popularity years ago when Time Magazine showed off a picture of some Chinese beach-goers who wore the bizarre mask. Now, it seems the craze is back, but not in the way you’d expect. Recently, French magazine CR Fashion Book had their models sporting (you guessed it) face-kinis.

 

 

Despite the undeniable popularity of the face-kini, the beach accessory was never actually worn for the sake of fashion in China. The full head mask, often paired with a long-sleeved body suit, was a hit in China because of its ability to protect its user from the sun. The accessory helped with Asia’s questionable obsession with pale skin.

“I’m afraid of getting dark,” a face-kini wearer explained to The New York Times. “A woman should always have fair skin. Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”

 

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While China used the mask as a way to retain paleness, CR Fashion Book, which was created by former editor-in-chief of French Vogue Carine Roitfed, saw the masks as an opportunity for fashion.

Check out the French fashion photos below and tell us what you think!

 

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Touching Thai Commercial: This Boy’s Secret Causes Bullies to Stop In Their Tracks

 

Every time I hear about a new Thai commercial going viral, I prepare myself with some tissues. Better safe than sorry, right? After watching an emotional video about financial burden, a heartwarming video about the power of good deeds and a touching video about motherhood, one can’t be too careful about these tear-inducing commercials.

And I was right. This new life insurance commercial certainly does a good job of pulling at heartstrings. In the video, a young man is constantly ridiculed by his peers for his poor guitar playing.

All of this comes to a stop, however, once the bullies discover the true reason behind the boy’s guitar playing. What could possibly stop the bullies in their tracks? Watch the video below and find out.

In less than a few weeks, this video has gained over 3.5 million views. Let us know if it pulls at your heartstrings as well.

 

 

The Ultimate Cat Nap, Even More Yellowface and Other MUST READS OF THE WEEK

1) Get the ultimate cat nap with Japan’s new privacy hoods. (READ HERE)

2) Butter on a stick? A fan attached to chopsticks? Would you purchase these bizarre Japanese inventions? (READ HERE)

3) Stephanie Chang: the first Asian-American woman in Michigan’s State Legislature. (READ HERE)

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4) Check what these dedicated Indian students have to go through to get to school. (READ HERE)

5) Everyone has fallen in love with this Chinese firefighter who rescued a kitten. (READ HERE)

6) This Chinese escape-room exhibit allows you to simulate your own death. (READ HERE)


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7) North Korea’s threats over James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film pushes Sony to make major alterations. (READ HERE)

 

 

8) Who say’s you shouldn’t play with your food? Artist creates chocolate legos. (READ HERE)

9) George Takei opens up about his family being taken at gunpoint (READ HERE)

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10) More and more and more yellowface. (READ HERE)

 

 

 

Marc Anthony Nicolas Reveals His Most Embarrassing Moment, an Unusual Pet Peeve and More

 

A few weeks ago, we interviewed the enthusiastic and lovable host of Lifestyle Network’s newest talk show On Your Marc! Check out this questionnaire for an even closer look at Marc Anthony Nicolas!

 


What is your go-to karaoke song?
-“All by myself” by Celine Dion or “Hold On (for one more day)” by Wilson Phillips.

Favorite celeb of all time?
-Has to be my friend Sharon Osbourne. She has helped me so much in the industry and helped promote On Your Marc! by being the first celebrity guest and I just love her so much.

Most embarrassing moment on your show?
-My most embarrassing moment on the show was when Sharon Osbourne was doing my makeup and asked me “You don’t want to look like Keith Richards?” I honestly did not know who he was. The only Richards I know is Denise Richards.

Favorite part of your day?
My favorite part of the day is when viewers watch On Your Marc! and message me on Facebook or twitter and tell me that I’m an inspiration to the Asian community.

Hidden talent?
-I can give Betty Crocker a run for her money. Best cupcakes in town.

Habit you need to break?
-I drink way too much iced coffee.

 

 

Favorite food?
-Pepperoni and sausage pizza!!!

Your guilty pleasure?
-Ice cream!

Your pet peeve?
-When people wear pajamas outdoors.

Greatest Fear?
-Being alone.

Your job in another life?
-Fashion designer.

What’s cool about being Asian?
Our warm personality.

 

On Your Marc! airs every Sunday at 9:30 pm on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here


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#TBT: Men Do Makeup With Michelle Phan … and Fail Miserably

With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Michelle Phan is easily one of the most known YouTube makeup artists to date. For years, she has taught us all about contouring, the perfect way to put on liquid eyeliner and even how to take selfies.

Aside from being one of our personal favorites, the 27-year-old makeup artist has already packed in a number of achievements under her belt.

In conjunction with L’oreal, Phan released her own makeup line called EM Michelle Phan.  After purchase, customers of EM Michelle Phan products are encouraged to upload videos of their own “looks” and share them with one another.

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In 2012, Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN (For All Women Network) — a women’s lifestyle network in which guest hosts produce videos about makeup, cooking, fitness, fashion and careers.

As it turns out, Phan’s fanbase extends beyond women and the following men have decided to show that off to the world. Three brave souls decided to take on one of Michelle Phan’s makeup tutorials with no previous makeup experience.

The results? The boys were left with black eyes, smeared makeup and a new-found appreciation for girls who have mastered the art of makeup. Check it out for yourself:

This story was originally published September 2013. 

Justin Chon, Harry Shum Jr. & Kev Jumba in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’ (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

 

It’s finally here!

We heard news of Revenge of the Green Dragons early in 2013 and now, finally, we get a glimpse into the highly-anticipated gangster action thriller set in New York in the 1980’s. 

You can’t blame us for being excited. For starters the film is produced by Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese. If this is anything like his other crime drama, The Departed, then we have quite a lot to look forward to. And let’s not forget that this film, which brings Chinese American life to mainstream media, stars some of our most favorite fellows. 

Inspired by a New Yorker article on the “Chinese American underworld,” the film focuses on  two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu, otherwise known as Kev Jumba) in pursuit of The (infamous) American Dream. The two find themselves joining the Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons.” Of course this leads to violence, crime, run-ins with the police and complicated love triangles. If that’s not enough to grab your attention, the film also stars Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. who swaps his trademark letterman jacket for a gun and a suit.

Watch the first official trailer below:

 

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The film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in October.

 

Photo courtesy of Angryasianman.com