The Beautiful Art of Crafting a Japanese Naruko Kokeshi Doll From Spinning Blocks of Wood

In this beautiful video by Te to Te to Te, artisan Yasuo Okazaki, known for his signature Naruko Kokeshi style, demonstrates how he crafts the dolls from spinning blocks of wood, how they are shaped, then fitted together before the paint is painstakingly applied. Okazaki learned the Naruko style from his father, who trained him in the craft. Te to Te to Te also offers a really great online guide to the different Kokeshi dolls that come from all over Japan.

The Naruko style of Kokeshi developed at Naruko hot springs. One of the unique characteristics of these Kokeshi is that their heads squeak when turned. They have kind faces and flared shoulders and skirts. The stripes at the top and bottom of the body are painted on the lathe, and the body is often painted with a chrysanthemum motif. The bangs are painted like the dolls sent as gifts from the Imperial Palace. Naruko Kokeshi wear a red headdress.

via WTF Japan Seriously

EggMap Stress Balls, Ingenious Squeezable Maps That Help to Relieve the Frustration of Getting Lost

Stress Balls

Hungarian designer Dénes Sátor has created EggMap Stress Balls, ingenious maps that zoom in to specific areas when squeezed. The maps also, literally and figuratively, help to relieve the stress and frustration of getting lost amongst the streets in the beautiful city of Budapest or any other city in the world.

Haven’t we all lost our nerves at least once by folding an oversized map on a sightseeing-tour?
Indeed, we can rely on technology and use a digital map on our mobile phone, but often the real challenge comes when trying to find a hotspot or even to charge your phone in the city.Well, if you haven’t mastered your navigation skills yet and you fear that your precious smartphone will end up on the ground with a crack on its display: EggMap is the perfect gadget for you. It fits in your hand or your pocket and has manual zooming – just by squeezing it, you’ll get more details about the place than bumbling with a printed version.

The EggMap Stress Ball Facebook page will be providing updates about product and pre-order availability .

If you want to be the first to know about the launch, you can register your interest on the link below. We’ll let you know as soon as possible so that you can pre-order your first EggMap for your own city. Stay tuned!

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

images via Dénes Sátor

via designboom

Affectionate Seal Rolls Over for a Good Belly Rub From an Accommodating Diver

While diving in the Scilly Isles in 2014, videographer Gary Grayson encountered an adorably inquisitive and affectionate Atlantic grey seal who wanted nothing more than a little attention and a good belly rub, both of which Grayson appeared more than happy to oblige.

People ask me why I go diving….. This is why Thanks to Gemma J Jones for turning my video camera on me for a change while I had a truly magical encounter with quite tame although wild Atlantic Seals.

via The Dodo

Cosmetologist Transforms People Into Amazing Looking Comic Book Heroes and Villains Using Only Makeup

Superman

Temecula, California-based cosmetologist Argenis Pinal has transformed himself and other into amazing looking comic book superheroes and villains using nothing but makeup. Pinal’s entire collection of comic book makeovers are available to view on Instagram, Facebook, and his website.

Thing

two face

Wolverine

thor

Jean Grey Phoenix

images via Argenis Pinal

via POPSUGAR Beauty

British Reporter Gushes With Unabated Glee Upon Witnessing a Giant Blue Whale Coming Up For Air

While filming in Moss Landing, California for the third and final episode of the BBC One series Big Blue Live, host Steve Backshall abruptly interrupted an interview with local whale expert Dorris Welch to gush with unabated glee at the the sight of a giant blue whale coming up for air.

I’m so so sorry. I don’t believe what I just heard. This is just incredible – I’ve heard word that we have on our helicopter a blue whale. It is to the south of us, absolutely clearly, I can see it now. The largest animal ever known to have lived on our planet, larger than any of the dinosaurs. A creature we hunted so 99% of its numbers have disappeared. It’s back, it’s here, it’s in the bay right now, live. Um, this is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen.