Daily life in Tokyo, as an animated pixel GIF 


Japanistas (by Pamela Drobig):

Tokyo can be chaotic, relaxing, exciting, an adventure, or plain and simply: beautiful. One pixel artist, who goes by the name 1041uuu, has created breathtakingly amazing pixel-style gifs to capture daily life in and around Tokyo.

1041uuu’s whole tumblr site is filled with animated Tokyo scenery, be it a slow and rainy day, a calm sunset behind Tokyo’s skyscrapers, or a beautiful afternoon with cherry blossoms.

The gifs are simple, the movements subtle – but that is exactly what makes the artist’s work so intriguing and unique. They wonderfully illustrate a never-sleeping city like Tokyo, that, especially to people living in the metropolis, is so much more than its landmarks and hot spots.

The longer you look at 1041uuu’s gifs, the more there is to discover. Be it some subtle movement that you didn’t noticed before, or a beautiful small detail hidden in the pixels. The images perfectly capture the symbiosis between calm day to day life and the business of the big city.

Be sure to visit 1041uuu’s tumblr and Twitter page to discover more of their work.

Animated GIFs illustrate traditional Japanese woodblock prints with humor

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Beautiful Decay (by Tamar Akcay): 

Segawa 37 pays tribute to Japanese art by creating GIFs from the original work of traditional Japanese woodblock prints, “pictures of the floating world’.

Originally, Japanese woodblock paintings, also called Ukiyo-e, were depictions of everyday scenes in Japan. Affordable, they represented the possibility for the mass to access art. Segawa 37 gives a new life to these prints by altering their core. From hyper realistic to surreal, the artist offers to the modern world a new way of looking at a classic form of art. 

The most emblematic representation of Japan, a contemplation of movements; calm and serene, but always intense remains within those wooden prints. The artist’s reinterpretation of Katsushika Hokusai’s images is disturbing the stillness and tranquility of the scenes… What is meant to be admired in almost a meditative state is now entertaining.

Discover Segawa 37’ series of Gifs on the GifMagazine award page sponsored by Adobe.

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“Tokyo No Ads”: GIF Images of Tokyo without its billboards and neon signs

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If you’ve ever walked the streets of Tokyo, you’ll know how the buzz of people, street signs and giant screens can heighten all your senses and fill you with a rush of excitement that stays with you well after you’ve returned back home. While travel brochure photos can never truly prepare you for the dense onslaught of visual and aural stimuli that envelop you when you visit the megalopolis, one creative photographer has come up with a clever way of highlighting the main features of the city by showing us just how bare the city landscape looks without them there.

Come with us as we take a walk through day and night in Tokyo and see just how different the place looks when the neon signs and billboards are taken away. You’ll never see Tokyo in quite the same way again.

The series, called “Tokyo No Ads”, was created by French graphic designer Nicolas Damiens. His premise is simple: “Tokyo’s ads are part of its appeal, but what would the bustling streets of Japan’s capital look like without the logos, slogans and company names?”

▼ Even by day, towering billboards manage to speak to us without us even knowing.


▼ The crossing in front of the iconic Shibuya 109 building looks somewhat quieter when stripped of its surrounding advertisements and presented as an empty space.


▼ For information overload, head to the scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station. No wonder city life is taxing – how can we possibly take in all those images and messages at once?


▼ As dusk settles, the city comes to life with bright lights and neon signs. With such tight restrictions on space, even small shops are saturated with signs and posters to entice customers.


▼ Shops and businesses in Tokyo are often piled high on top of one another on many floors of very tall, narrow buildings. Without traditional shopfronts, these businesses rely on street level signage to entice customers and promote their wares and services, which means numerous signboards spill out onto walkways, making for a unique streetscape.


▼ While illuminations and light-ups are popular for providing a sense of warmth in the cold winter months, this light display is available every night of the year along the many streets of Tokyo. Long stretches of low-hanging signs cradle people with warmth and light, a comforting feeling in such an expansive yet dense urban environment.


By taking away the background to Tokyo’s cityscape, these images bring a mosaic that’s often taken for granted back to the foreground.


Celebrate the weekend with the most glorious GIF you’ll ever see


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Here’s your daily dose of WTF and OMG all rolled into one jubilant GIF. The nonsensical joy embodied in this infinite loop of a sumo wrestler bursting out of his own back to soar into the sky on grand angel wings is DaDaist on a level that would make Marcel Duchamp stare in slack-jawed amazement.

We found this on one of Japan’s message boards with no explanation except for the title: I have no idea why this was made, but I thought it might pique people’s curiosity.

Well, it worked! (As Annie pointed out in the comments, it’s actually part of a commercial for D’Station, a pachinko chain.)

Source/image: Agohige Kaizokudan


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Celebrate the weekend with the most glorious GIF you’ll ever see


Awesome “rolling GIFs” from Japan…


A mysterious group of super awesome friends in Japan have once again come up with some intoxicating animated gifs. Photographed during their regular routines, these beautifully unhectic gifs hypnotize.  With only an isolated object rotating amid unsaturated colors and soft edges, these gifs are eerie and amazing. Enjoy!

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