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The Hanshin Expressway

There's driving into work and there's driving into work. The latter is possible thanks to the Hanshin Expressway in Osaka, Japan. A regeneration project for the area of Fukushima-ku in Osaka became a literal roadblock for an extension to the city's Hanshin Expressway. The obstacle in question was the 16-storey Gate Tower Building. Negotiations became an immovable …

Standards Manual's new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Standards Manual’s new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Standards Manual have published graphic manuals for Nasa and the New York City Transit Authority and now a new book will look at an integral part of modern Japanese culture. Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed’s publishing imprint’s release a new book celebrating the emojis designed by Shigetaka Kurita for Japanese telecoms company Docomo. 176 symbols …

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Seitō – A 1910s Japanese Magazine Exclusively For Women

Atlas Obscura have written a brilliant article about a Japanese women's magazine called Seitō. Initially created as a collection of work for women and by women, it slowly became a feminist movement on its own after the Japanese government moved to ban its publication. This only spurred the writers to continue. Feminist Hideko Fukuda wrote …

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The National Film Center of Japan Uploads 60 Animated Films From 1917 To 1941

The idea of Japanese animated films from the modernist era will blow the minds of anyone with an interest in... anything! The National Film Center of Japan have kindly uploaded 60 films from 1917 to 1941, each one primitive as the other. But when you think these creations were the foundations of masterpieces like Astro Boy and Kimba …