Patterns to brighten your day | Helen Dardik

I like the patterns of Canadian based illustrator Helen Dardik. They have a cute Japanese feel, lovely palettes and make you happy when you look at them, what more could you ask for? Found in the pattern sections at http://www.oneluckyhelen.com/index.html and her blog's here http://orangeyoulucky.blogspot.com/ - oh, if you want to buy any then visit her Etsy Shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/helendardik?ref=pr_shop_more

'Moyasimon' Manga: Super Cute Bacteria

Moyasimon is very popular in Japan with the comics selling out on release. The creator, Masayuki Ishikawa, was inspired to create it from a trip to an agricultural college where he visited the sake brewing room. The professor told him that when the sake was ready it 'spoke to him' - that gave Masayuki the idea.

"Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture, known in Japan as Moyashimon (もやしもん?), is a manga series created by Masayuki Ishikawa. It has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen magazine Evening since August 2004. It won the 2008 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for Grand Prize and the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga.The series follows Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, who has a unique ability to see and communicate with bacteria and other micro-organisms." From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moyasimon:_Tales_of_Agriculture

They go up to 11, all on youtube...

More...Moyasimon Vol. 1: Tales of Agriculture - http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2009/12/11/moyasimon-vol-1/ and some Bento Moyasimon: http://www.annathered.com/2009/01/24/bento29-moyashimon/ - Figurines http://en.gigazine.net/index.php?%2Fnews%2Fcomments%2F20100726_wf2010_s_moyas... - Is being made into a real-life film http://asianmediawiki.com/Moyashimon

Fun with Sushi & Bento Gallery

Sushi and Bento can be art forms - this is a little gallery of creative fun with sushi and bento design, construction and illustration. See full Gallery here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathykavan/galleries/72157623510795843/

With thanks to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pikkopots/sets/
http://www.walyou.com/blog/2008/10/19/sushi-combination-usb-drive/
http://www.walyou.com/blog/2008/08/13/custom-lego-sushi-combination/

Added 2 April, Japan Society Virtual Bento Box Battle Entries: http://www.flickr.com/photos/japansocietynyc/sets/72157623727695610/