Stormtrooper Piece of Art

stormtrooperporcelain001HK toy maker known for making detailed collectible action figures makes a collectible work of art – the Star Wars – Stormtrooper – Porcelain Pattern Version.  Hot Toys redefines the classic Stormtrooper look with a Chinese porcelain floral pattern on this 1/6th scale figure.

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World’s First 3D Printed House

3dprintedhouseThe housing and rental market is crazy here in the SF/Bay Area.  Insane to the membrane.  Time to find a 3D printer and build a house.  Yes, that’s what is happening in Beijing, China.  Chinese company HuaShang Tengda created a two-story 4,305 square feet house using a 3D printing technology.  The building job took 45 days and it supposedly withstands 8.0 earthquakes too!

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TRON Ride @ Shanghai Disneyland

shanghaidisneylandtronrideDisneyland fanatics will want to travel this summer for the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland in China.  One cool attraction that has me hyped-up is the TRON Lightcycle Power Run presented by Chevrolet.  This eye-popping adventure ride looks really neat and puts you in the world of TRON.  Here’s a look at the full ride by Inside the Magic!

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The Banksy street artist of China: ROBBBB

artofrobbbbFollowing in the steps of street artist Banksy, China’s young urban artist ROBBBB does the same.  His street art is social commentary and a reflection of modern China growing and the issues facing urban city life and society.  He also talks about his process in starting a street art project with BBC News.

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Walking on a Glass Bridge

glassbridgechinaIf you’re afraid of heights, then this is not for you.  Walking on a glass bridge 600 ft off the ground might give you some crazy vertigo and panic attacks.  If you’ve ever been to Vancouver BC and walked on the wooden Capilano Suspension Bridge, then you kind of know the feeling, but a glass bridge heightens the fright.  Located in Shiniuzhai National Park in China, this is world’s longest glass suspension bridge.

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Japan: Gundam Silverware

gundamsilverwarecoverIn Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture is famous for Kutani-ware, which is a traditional porcelain style of bowls, plates, cups and chopsticks.  To celebrate the 360th anniversary, the Kutani ceramic art style combines with futuristic Mobile Suit Gundam robots on sale for at Premium Bandai online and later at Gundam Cafes.

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Image Comics: Monstress by Marjorie Liu

monsteresscover1The Nerds of Color (NOC) recently interviewed writer Marjorie Liu on her Image Comics’ Monstress series.  She talks about her inspirations and origins in creating the steampunk fantasy world of Monstress and working with artist Sana Takeda (X-23).  Look for the Monstress #1 to drop on November 4, 2015 into comic book shops.

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The Tin-Toy Museum in Shanghai

tintoysA new exhibition is trending in Shanghai.  Flashing back to childhood, wind-up tin toys is gaining interest with a museum dedicated to tin toys of the past.  The Shanghai Tin Toy Museum has 3,000 plus tin toys showcased.

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Most Oil Paintings come from Da Fen, China

dafenoilpaintingsNot only is Shenzhen, China known for manufacturing and pirating, well, in small area of Shenzhen, Da Fen is where most of the world’s oil paintings are being produced.  Replica’s of Van Goghs, Monets and Picassos are exported from Da Fen.  BBC News takes at look the mass oil painting production and it’s impact within Shenzhen.  Well, next time, I’m in Hong Kong, I’ll make a stop over to Da Fen.

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Panda Vinyl Action by Cacooca

pandacacoocacoverDo you like cute Panda vinyl toys?  This is the Panda: Classic designed by Cacooca.  The cute vinyl toy art measures 7.5″ tall.

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Photo Series: Shanghai Night

shanghainight00LA-based photographer Nicolas Jandrain globe-trots around taking photos and his photo series “Shanghai Night” is for urban big-city night photo enthusiasts.  “Shanghai Night” takes a look at the giant metropolis during the night.

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Chinese Language Neon Signs

chinesesigns02As a pop-culture addict, I am very familiar with company and product logos, but seeing them in a different language and not being able to read it adds some curiosity to it.  This is designer Mehmet Gozetlik project “Chinatown.”

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A Montage of Clips through the Lens of a iPhone 5S

momentsinasiaIt’s pretty incredible what you can do with a smartphone these days.  You can play Candy Crush, try date somebody on Tinder, or do something creative like making one cool video montage of your travels.  And that’s what photographer Markus Kontiainen has done with his “Moments in Asia.”

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The Xeric Award Winning Web Comic – Pang by Ben Costa

pangmonkAt FanimeCon’s Artist Alley we find artist Ben Costa with 2 published comics already.  His Xeric Award Winning Web Comic follows Pang, a Shaolin Monk in 17th Century China.

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Drink: Hello Kitty beer

hello kitty beerSanrio surely has licensed Hello Kitty on everything and anything, now a limited edition batch of Hello Kitty beer.  This fruity alcoholic concoction has 6 tropical flavors like Lemon Lime, Peach and Banana.  The beer is produced by Taiwanese beer maker Long Quan.

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Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

boxers and saintsI’ve been a big fan of artist/writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Avatar: The Last Airbender) and have many of his graphic novels on my book shelf.   He just released his epic 2 volume series Boxers & Saints.

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Viral Video Friday: Time Lapse Asia Videos

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More time-lapse videos this Friday.  “This is Shanghai” by Rob Whitworth and JT Singh shows the mega urban sprawl of Shanghai during the day and neon nights.

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Assassin’s Creed in China

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Well, if the next Assassin’s Creed game takes place in China, you can thank artist Chaoyuan Xu for inspiring it.  This is not just any old fan art, his Assassin’s Creed China collection is something to look at.

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Pictures of Me with Superheroes & Anime Characters

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This kid likes to put himself into pictures with other superheroes and anime characters.  It’s pretty neat.  Illustrations by 蓋老師.

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Landscape Art by Yang Yongliang

Shanghai-based artist Yang Yongliang melds downtown city buildings into mountains and natural landscape.

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The Moonlight – the landscape without night by Yang Yongliang.

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Alice in Wonderland 1 (Part 1) by Yang Yongliang.

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Viridescence no. 1 by Yang Yongliang.

For more of Yang’s landscape art, photography, gallery exhibitions and updates, go to:  Yang Yongliang.

FILA x Nooka

NYC fashion design firm Nooka founded by artist/designer Matthew Waldman teams up with apparel brand FILA to bring a fresh mini-capsule shoe collection to the Chinese market.  Please FILA, bring these shoes here to the US market!  The orange sneaks would go well with my SF Giants gear!

For more info, go to:  Nooka x FILA.

 

 

In China: Robot Chefs making Noodles

Whoa, here’s a paradigm shift in China, robot chefs making hand-made noodles in restaurants.  It seems that human chefs take a longer time making noodles and cost more in wages, so restaurateur Cui Runguan decided to build noodle-bots.  The noodle-bots named Chef Cui cost about $2,000USD each.

We fight Deceptions and make an awesome bowl of wonton noodles!!!

Chinese Subway Ad – The Lobster Salad Sandwich

subwaychinaSubway introduces the Lobster Sandwich in China:

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History of Board Games

boardgamesimagePopular board games like Monopoly and Game of Life weren’t the first board games.  Since the days of the Egyptian Empire and up to the Roman Empire times, board games have been around for people to play and have fun.  Seeker explores the origins of board games in this article:  Seeker – History of Board Games.

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