Body Art by Chooo-san.

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Can you believe that these body modifications are created without using any digital editing software?
They are the painted works of a Japanese artist known simply as Chooo-san.
We first came across the unusually realistic body art of the 19-year-old Musashino Art University student this past summer and in a matter of months she has completed six new surreal body art pieces that continue to blow our minds.
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Equipped with some acrylic paints and raw talent, Chooo-san has once again proven she is a master manipulator.
There’s even a hint of humor in the new works. On a lean torso of a man, she depicts a series of neatly fastened buttons and the same set of buttons appear to be popped open, unable to close shut, on the belly of a heavier set fellow.
And, yet again, the artist incorporates a modest prop (in this case a cord) to heighten the believability of the skin illustrations.
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See more Images via New Non-Photoshopped Body Art by Chooo-san – My Modern Met.

Pikachus on the March in Yokohama.

Performers dressed as Pikachu, a character from the Pokémon media franchise, march during the Pikachu Outbreak event at night in Yokohama, Japan, on 8 August, 2019.
A total of 2,000 Pikachus appeared around the city’s landmarks in the Minato Mirai area, aiming to attract visitors and tourists to the city.
Image Credit: Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi / Getty
Source: Photos of the Week: Pikachu Outbreak, Dinosaur Crossing, Ducky Derby – The Atlantic

After the Bomb, Hiroshima.

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One morning in August 1945, I was walking home from the night shift at a factory in Hiroshima.
As I reached my door, there was a huge explosion.
When I came to, my head was bleeding and I had been blasted 30m away. The atomic bomb had detonated.
When I found my mother, her eyes were badly burned.
A doctor said they had to come out, but he didn’t have the proper tools so used a knife instead.
It was hellish. I became a peace-worker after the war.
In the 1960s, at a meeting at the UN, I met one of the people who created the atomic bomb.
He apologised.
Read on and see more via ‘The Hiroshima bomb detonated 3km from my house’: veterans around the globe tell their extraordinary war stories | Art and design | The Guardian.

The Sadness of ‘Drunkard’s Heaven.’

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Photos of Japanese men passed-out on their way home from nomikai social functions, an important part of corporate culture in Japan designed to bring colleagues closer together.
Workers are often paid a specific allowance to make sure they have no excuses for not attending which leads many businessmen to drink to excess. Japanese custom dictates that you must never turn down the offer of a drink from your boss.
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My photographs are a record of the people who have reached their limit and exhausted their strength after the daily grind.
Everyone has different burdens, but everyone lives at a frantic pace.
People drink with friends as a reward for the hard day’s work and face a new day’s work like warriors.
A lot of people struggle through such work situations. I took these pictures with a true feeling of respect for the people in them.
I don’t believe the state my subjects are in is shabby in any way.
I can feel they have experienced hardships and fatigue to end up like this.
See and read more via Drunkard’s Heaven: Photos by Kenji Kawamoto – Faith is Torment.

Black & White Images by Jim Mikami.

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Incredible black and white architectural photography bathes Japan in a darker light by Jin Mikami.
by Katy Cowan
There is very little known about Japanese photographer Jin Mikami.
Only that he creates the most stunning black and white architectural photography of his beloved home country, Japan.
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Exploring places such as Tokyo and Osaka – he picks out the symmetrical details and interesting forms of the usually neon-bright, colourful city streets, and bathes them in a darker light.
Playing with light and shadow, these incredible photographs force us to reconsider the shapes and forms that lie before us.
You can discover more of his incredible work over on 500px.com.
23ee2cc0c0bc521ff51fc1fe0374c0de1dc7f20d_800See more Images via Incredible black and white architectural photography bathes Japan in a darker light | Creative Boom.