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This 144-year-old Wisteria in Japan looks like a pink sky

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These stunning photographs, which look like a glorious late evening sky with dashes of pink and purple, are actually pictures of Japan’s largest wisteria (or wistaria, depending on whom you ask) plant.

This plant, located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, is certainly not the largest in the world, but it still comes in at an impressive 1,990 square meters (or half an acre) and dates back to around 1870 (the largest, at about 4,000 square meters, is the wisteria vine in Sierra Madre, California). Although wisterias can look like trees, they’re actually vines. Because its vines have the potential to get very heavy, this plant’s entire structure is held up on steel supports, allowing visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms.

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“Godzilla: The Art of Destruction” hardcover book, offering a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ reboot film

 

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Author Mark Cotta Vaz has temed up with Insight Editions publishing to create Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, a 156-page hardcover book that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Godzilla reboot film from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

The book is currently available to pre-order online from Insight Editions and Amazon, with a release date of May 13th, 2014.

This visually stunning book will delve into the making of the movie and showcase its incredible production art. Presenting an extraordinary new vision for the beloved character through a dynamic selection of concept illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and other preproduction materials, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction will be the definitive book on one of the most anticipated films of 2014. Also featuring interviews with the director and key crew and cast members, the book will tell the complete story of the making of Godzilla from concept to final frames.

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“Godzilla: The Art of Destruction”, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ reboot film

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Godzilla The Art of Destruction

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Godzilla The Art of Destruction

Godzilla The Art of Destruction

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Artist Profile: The imaginative photography of Puzzleman Leung

 

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Photographer Puzzleman Leung captures mysterious, blurred scenes that the young talent creates in his mind. The resulting images radiate something timeless and airy as if Puzzleman captured a fleeting moment that might not even took place in real life.
The scenes are often underlaid with a certain sense of humor that stems from an obvious overdramatic behaviour of the protagonists. Puzzleman Leung lives and works in Taipei.

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 Artist Profile: The imaginative photography of Puzzleman Leung

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A look inside the “Street Art Seoul” book

 

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Author Kwon Jin Kim has published “Street Art Seoul,” the first to ever compile works of Korean street art in book form. After traveling around the capital city from 2008 to 2013, Kim gives us almost 250 pages of images and descriptions of graffiti and their history, evolution, and characteristics per neighborhood.
 
The book features 200 of Seoul’s best works.
 
 
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A look inside the “Street Art Seoul” book
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Artist Profile: Photographer Gao Rongguo presents of a photo essay of elderly identical twins in China

 

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Chinese photographer Gao Rongguo has created a touching series of photographs that juxtaposes pairs of identical twins in China. That catch is that they are all over the age of 50 – we get to compare not only their appearances, but how their lives have remained similar or how they’ve changed.

Ringguo’s photo series is a wonderful exploration of nature vs. nurture. Biologically, all of these siblings hould be nearly identical, but their different life experiences may (or may not) have caused them to grow apart or to change in different ways. They seem nearly identical, yet they are both unique individuals who have made their own life choices. The artist returned to his native Shandong province to find these pairs of twins.

He/she used to have the same face, living in the same family, but their lives changed due to various reasons after growing up,” Rongguo said. “I take these identical twins in their fifties face-to-face. This is a way similar to the way one would look into the mirror.”

 

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Artist Profile: Photographer Gao Rongguo presents of a photo essay of elderly identical twins in China

 

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Photo Essay: 21 of the most beautiful Japanese cherry blossom photos of 2014

 

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The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every spring, but their beauty never gets old, so we’ve collected some of our favorite photos of this year’s cherry blossoms in Japan.

In Japan, the blossoming of the sakura begins in April, when students go back to school or people go back to work after the holidays. Japan’s national weather service even tracks the movement of the “sakura front,” which is an imaginary line that travels south-to-north every season and heralds the blooming of the sakura. This line’s progression in Japan is marked on this convenient sakura calendar.

The cherry blossom is tied to the ancient Japanese tradition of hanami, or picnicking under a sakura tree. The fact that the cherry blossom has heavily featured in ancient Japanese art has made it a staple of both historical and modern Japanese aesthetic. Although it is also native to China and Korea, it is generally associated primarily with Japanese culture, which is why it often accompanies the Japanese diaspora into cities around the world.

While sakuras are probably best viewed with a Japanese castle, mountain or garden in the backdrop, they might also be planted somewhere in your city as well. They provide a great opportunity to go have a beautiful springtime picnic!

 

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Photo Essay: 21 of the most beautiful Japanese cherry blossom photos of 2014

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