Posts Tagged ‘whimsey’

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Where am I working?

March 20, 2017

DoggyMan Kansai Logistics Center

A dachshund-shaped building was designed by Nikken and completed in 2011. It functions as DoggyMan’s warehouse and distribution center and is located in Osaka. It can be seen if you’re driving along the Hanshin Expressway No. 4. An outline along the roof lights up at night, allowing drivers to see the adorable shape even when its dark.

Kirin Beer Factory (Nagoya)

Located along the Tokaido Shinkansen Line (and viewable as you’re pulling out of Nagoya Station) is the Kirin Beer Factory. The tanks are immediately recognizable because they’re painted to look just like a tall glass of beer: golden brown on the bottom with white foam at the top. If you’re actually in Nagoya you can also schedule a free tour and tasting! (They even have a hip-looking restaurant)

Meiji Chocolate Factory (Osaka)

In 2011 Meiji, known for their chocolate candy, decided to refurbish their first factory that was originally built in 1955. Since then it’s been a magical place for kids and the company wanted to instill that same magical spirit into their new factory. Given that the JR Kyoto train line runs directly south, Taisei Design proposed an idea that to make the entire façade look like a gigantic bar of chocolate that can be seen from the train. It’s 28 m high and 166 m long, which is equivalent to 38,000 bars of chocolate. If you want to visit, they offer free tours as well.

(This one is my favorite.)

Taru Tonneau in Okinawa

In Okinawa there’s a bar and eatery known as the Barrel Restaurant. The real name is Taru Tonneau (taru means barrel in Japanese) and the shop is shaped like a gigantic whiskey barrel. It’s been around since at least 2012 but its website looks like it’s from the 90s. It’s one of the more wild novelty architecture designs we’ve come across but it certainly does the trick in announcing its business.

Reblogged from Spoon and Tamago

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What am I measuring?

March 14, 2017

pythonWhat do you call a snake that’s exactly 3.14 meters long?

A πthon

Happy Pi Day

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

February 7, 2017

Just for fun . . .

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plan-ahead

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What am I playing?

February 1, 2017

 

Thank you, Susan and Chad

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Where am I running?

January 18, 2017

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Artist Roadsworth (Peter Gibson) has never met a yellow line that he did not think needed improvement.  roads-2

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Much more of Roadsworth’s work is here.

From Colossal.

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Why am I dancing?

January 11, 2017

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This wonderful cement mixer-disco ball is the creation of artist, Benedetto Bufalino.  This installation appeared in December in Lyon, France.  Bufalino’s creativity is not limited to construction machinery.  See more of his work here.  I think all cement mixers should look like this.

Ref.: Colossal

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Why am I shocked?

January 9, 2017

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January 9 is Static Electricity Day – no one knows why.