[PICS] Gutter cover art in Japan

An artist in Japan transformed usual gutter covers into amazing artworks, check them out!

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2nd Sailor Moon stage musical footage shown in digest video

The official Sailor Moon YouTube channel began streaming a digest video on Sunday from the opening night of the stage musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère. The video features clips from the live show.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère is the second musical based on Naoko Takeuchi‘s original manga.

The cast includes:

Satomi Ōkubo as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon

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Momoyo Koyama as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
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Kanon Nanaki as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
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Yū Takahashi as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
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Shiori Sakata as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
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Yūga Yamato as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask
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Kokoro Kuge (left) and Airi Kanda (right) as Chibi-Usa/Sailor Chibi Moon, who is double-cast.
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Mikako Ishii as Setsuna Meiō/Sailor Pluto
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Erika Mahiro as Prince Demande
Sora Manami as Saphir
Riona Tatemichi as Rubeus
Mitsumi Hiromura as Esmeraude
Yui Itō as Black Lady

Kumiko Saitō, Momoka Kodama, Eriko Aoyama, Ayaka Ida, Yuka Itō, Akino Konno, and Ayumi Nakaoka will play various Droids.

The staff list for the musical is as follows:

Director: Kenichi Konno
Scripts, Production: Takuya Hiramitsu
Music: Toshihiko Sahashi (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Full Metal Panic!)

Lyrics: Lynne Hobday, Takuya Hiramitsu
Choreography: Satomi Tōma, Natsumi Takenaka
Art: Keiko Katahira
Sound Effects: Norihiro Matsuyama
Lighting: Eisuke Kobayashi
Video: Hiroki Arakawa
Costumes: Hiroki Yajima
Hair/Make-up: Keiko Hyō
Action Instruction: Hiroshi Atsumi
Song Instruction: Tadamichi Izumi
Production Assistance: Keiko Iseki

The musical opened in Tokyo on August 21 and will run through August 31 before running in Osaka from September 5 to 7.

The first musical, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: La Reconquista, shipped on DVD in Japan last month.

Source : AnimeNewsNetwork
 

How many references can you find in these bustling hidden object images?

How would fourteen of the world’s most vibrant cities look if you asked an artist to cram everything that represents them into one explosive image? Read on below for all the wonderfully diverse pictures, and see if you can spot the hidden passenger.

German airline Lufthansa has put together a campaign that features images of 14 different destinations they fly to, drawn by artists of each respective country. The title of the campaign is ‘Passengers on tour’ and each image is a ‘hidden object cartoon’ featuring stylized representations of the country’s culture, famous landmarks, animals, and so on.

In the midst of all the business in each image, an airline passenger is hidden, holding a suitcase with the Lufthansa logo and the idea is for you to find them. It’s basically like looking for Wally in the Where’s Wally? series (or Waldo for all you Americans out there). Remember spending hours poring over a particularly packed picture then finally giving up in frustration, only to have his stripey jumper practically jump off the page at you when you come back to it later? Good times.

To start you off, here we have Japan represented in one bright and busy image exploding with movement and bold colors. The picture is crammed with things that represent Japanese culture, from anime characters to folk craft objects like daruma and maneki-neko. How many references do you recognise? And where is that pesky passenger?

▼ Tokyo
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▼ Delhi

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▼ Dubai
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▼ Frankfurt

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▼ Hong Kong

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▼ Johannesburg

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▼ London

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▼ Mexico City
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▼ Montreal

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▼ Moscow

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▼ New York City

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▼ Paris

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▼ Beijing

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▼ Rio de Janeiro

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Source : 24rocketnews

[PICS] Wagashi chef crafts amazing edible characters with leftover scraps

Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets usually made from mochi, bean paste, or fruit. If you’ve been to Japan or a nice Japanese restaurant, perhaps you enjoyed one sculpted to look like a flower, crane or some other very old-fashioned Japanese image.

Like most things in Japan, no matter how venerable, give it enough time and it will be kawaii-ified. Enter sweets shop Kuramoto Hinode, where a veteran wagashi chef has begun crafting anime and pop culture based sweets with leftover bits and bobs.

The chef is the fourth generation to work in the family sweets shop in Tokushima Prefecture and has been crafting traditional wagashi for about 12 years.

One day, he had some bits of dough left over and thought that he could make a Kinnikuman figure. After that, he began making sweets for his family and friends based on Pokémon, Doraemon and other popular series. He estimates he’s made about 400 different characters at this point.

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to nibble on a Niobat or chomp on a Chocobo, these cute characters are not for sale, as the chef says he does them just as a hobby and only when the mood takes him. However, he does post pictures of his new creations on his Twitter account, so at least you can feast your eyes on them.

 

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Source : 24RocketNews