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Talented Artist Paints Tiny Masterpieces on Plastic Bottle Caps

Osaka-based artist Mito Nishikura painstakingly recycles plastic bottle caps into tiny artworks by painstakingly painting detailed landscapes on them. We’ve seen bottle caps being used as mosaic pieces in the past, but Japanese artist Mito Nishikura has a different way of using them for artistic purposes. At first glance, plastic bottle caps don’t really make …

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Talented Artist Draws Stunningly-Realistic Gems Using Only Color Pencils

Aria, a talented Japanese artist who specializes in pencil drawings, has been getting a lot of attention for her jewelry series, a collection of hyper-realistic gem drawings that look better than their inspiration. We first noticed Aria’s exceptional talent earlier this year, when we featured her most impressive drawings here on Oddity Central, but she …

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Japanese Convenience Stores Introduce AI-Powered Shelf-Stocking Robots

Family Mart, Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain, recently started using AI-powered robots to restock shelves, as a way to deal with the country’s fast-shrinking workforce. The decline in labor population is one of the biggest threats to businesses operating in Japan, and some have already started looking for ways to replace human workers. Case in …

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DIY Master Creates His Own Glow-in-the Dark Magic Book on the Cheap

A Japanese DIY prop enthusiast recently shared his latest creation – an otherworldly-looking magic book with glow-in-the dark text – along with instructions on how to do it yourself. Last month, Twitter user @mikel_cresson, a steampunk and fantasy enthusiast from Japan, went viral on the popular social network with a very intriguing prop – a …

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Japanese Craftsman Creates Animal-Inspired Mechanical Transformers

Yuki Tsuboshima, a metalworking artist from Japan, specializes in ingeniously-designed, mechanical sculptures that turn into different shapes, like little Transformers. As a child, Yuki Tsuboshima was fascinated by puzzle-like toys with movable parts and intricate mechanisms, and he never really outgrew this passion. He majored in metalworking, specializing in uchidashi, a traditional Japanese metalworking technique …

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M’sian Influencer Who Was Part Of Racially Insensitive Sushi Restaurant Advert Apologises For His Actions

Recently, a local Japanese and sushi chain restaurant released an advert with an influencer to promote the launch of their first ever outlet in the Northern side of Peninsular Malaysia. The advert was heavily criticised and called out as racist and offensive as the influencer was seen with sellotapes on the sides of his eyes …

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MBPJ’s Proposal To Build Temple In Damansara Damai Meets Heavy Resistance By Muslim Community

Although Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, races and religions all trying to live together in harmony, sometimes it is hard for some to be accepting and tolerant of others. On Facebook, it was recently shared that the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya had sectioned off a piece of land and declared their intention …

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Japanese Company Develops Special Hair Dye for Eyelashes as Alternative to Mascara

Shiseido, a Japanese company specializing in beauty products has reportedly developed a type of hair dye for human eyelashes as an alternative to mascara. When it comes to making their natural eyelashes stand out, women usually turn to mascara, a thick mixture of water, wax, oils and pigments that adheres to the lashes making each …

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Japan crown prince’s family donates 300 handmade medical gowns to hospitals

As Japan continues to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic, Crown Prince Fumihito and his family made 300 medical gowns by hand earlier this month and donated them for use by health care workers. The crown prince and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko, together with their three children and some staff members of the Imperial Household …

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Domino’s Japan now serves boba pizza covered in tapioca bubble tea pearls

Domino’s Pizza Japan has never shied away from unusual and adventurous pizza topics. In the past couple of years, they’ve served up Halloween Ghost Pepper sauce, 1 kilogram of cheese, and even tsundere pizzas. Now their latest release appears to have definitely set the bar for off-the-beaten-path toppings. Domino’s is now offering a new boba …

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