‘Flowers in Ice’.

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Botanic artist Makoto Azuma has added a completely new spin on the concept of ‘putting it on ice’.
These stunning images depict a range of exotic flowers encapsulated in ice to preserve and present new characteristics, which might have otherwise been overlooked.
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This particular set of works was exhibited in Japan last week, but due to the nature of the material was temporary.
via Putting flowers on ice | Creative Boom.

Japanese Hand-Tinted Postcards, c. 1900.

1JapanesePostcardsThese hand-tinted Japanese postcards are part of an exhibit titled “The Traveler’s Eye.” The postcards, produced in the early 20th century as Western visits to Japan increased in volume, show off the skills of Japan’s photo colorists.
The art of hand-tinting photographs, write the curators of a Harvard exhibit on the early photography of Japan, while first introduced in Europe, “became more refined and widespread” on the archipelago.
Many Japanese artists who had been employed by ukiyo-e woodblock studios found new employment with photographers when the popularity of photos pushed woodblocks out of fashion.2JapanesePostcard
See more via History of Japanese tourism: Hand-tinted postcards sold for tourists in the early 20th century.

Snowfall on a Deserted Platform.

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Photograph by Akinori Koseki, National Geographic Your Shot.
Your Shot member Akinori Koseki was the only one on the train platform in the wee hours of the morning during this snowstorm in Fukushima, Japan.
The photographer caught this train conductor checking his watch just moments before the 5:30 a.m. train was due to pull out of Aizu-Kawaguchi Station on the regional Tadami Line.
Despite the heavy snowfall, the train left on time—helped in part by arriving at a station with no customers.
Source: Photo of the Day: Best of February | PROOF

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