Utada Hikaru and Francesco Calliano are officially married as their wedding ceremony in Polignano a Mare, Italy came to an end.
Photography at the event was forbidden in an attempt to keep the ceremony private. 7-8 bodyguards were present and surrounded the singer to keep her protect from the paparazzi and reporters who flocked to the event.
Hikaru wore a full-length, white gown with flowery lace detailing. A hair band with more flower detailing was also worn to accompany the dress.
The cathedral were the wedding ceremony took place was the same one that Calliano’s parents held their wedding. The singer arrive here at 12:20 local time, followed closely behind by Calliano. Japanese-style parasols were used to provide protection from the sun and create a beautiful sight among the crowd.
The wedding started at 12:30 as planned. After the ceremony was over, 3 white doves were released into the air, indicating that the two had officially become husband and wife.
Readers outside of Japan may not be familiar with Nameko – the now famous cuddly character based on the slightly slimy nameko (or “pholiota nameko” to be exact) variety of mushroom that’s often used in dishes like miso soup. This little round-headed chap first came on the scene in the middle of 2012 and, like many weird and cuddly characters, was made available as a soft toy, key chain and sticker set, but before we knew it, Nameko goods of every shape and size popped up, delighting schoolkids and young female office workers with a penchant for kimokawaii (gross but cute) while leaving the rest of us creeped out and asking “But… why?”
The good news for fans of this buck-toothed mushroom is that online resource for all things Nameko, Namechoku, has recently launched “the biggest Nameko in history”.
They’re skinny, have floppy hair and are kind of pale. They’re also coming soon to a wrestling tournament near you. Well, if you live in Tokyo, that is. And there you were thinking Japanese wrestling was all about those big sumo guys!
These are bishōnen – beautiful young men. The first kanji character of bishōnen (美少年) is 美 meaning “beauty”, and the last part 少年 is “young man”. Bishōnen puroresu is the latest addition to Japan’s burgeoning puroresu (pro wrestling) scene.
Here are the chosen ten (the eagle-eyed among you will notice that it’s actually a team of twelve – there are two stand-ins, presumably in case someone needs to have a little sit down after all that posing).
You probably know that bonsai is the traditional art form of sculpting miniature trees in pots, but these photos raise the question, “Just how miniature can you get?“
According to one bonsai blog, there has been a trend in recent years of raising tiny bonsai less than 3cm in height called cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai. In cramped Japan, these tiny plants mean anyone can find a spot for a little greenery and the internet is responding to demand with correspondingly tiny pots, gardening gear and display shelves.
A lot of unusual art trends have been popping up in Japan lately. From lattes to nails, dextrous Japanese artists are continuing to impress us with creative touches that take things to a whole new level. Now drinking straws are taking centre stage, with their colours and curves twisted into lifelike animals, mythical beasts and cute animated characters.
One of the current masters of the straw is an artist who goes by the name of TAO. His collection of dragons is particularly impressive, featuring a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
Macarons are generally delectable to look at, especially in a store where the colorful little round treats are lined up neatly in a glass showcase. To a sweets lover, shopping in a macaron store feels almost like shopping in a jewelry boutique. If you’re one of those people who have difficulty choosing a piece from a box full of gorgeously colored macarons, you’re likely to have more trouble sinking your teeth into one of these adorable character macarons!