Japan

The Art of 'Noren' (curtains) adorning 'Izakaya' restaurants in Japan

The Art of 'Noren' (curtains) adorning 'Izakaya' restaurants in Japan

We have collected a gallery of interesting and beautiful examples of 'noren' that grace the entrances to traditional Izakaya establishments in Japan. If you've forgotten, an izakaya (居酒屋) is a type of informal Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking and light fare.

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Japan's Suntory Whisky Carved the World's Most Incredible Ice Cubes

 Japan's Suntory Whisky Carved the World's Most Incredible Ice Cubes

Advertising craft doesn't get more delicate than this. Check out the crazy ice cubes TBWA\Hakuhodo created for Japan's Suntory Whisky. The agency used a CNC router chilled at -7 degrees Celsius (and inverse 3-D printing) to carve the designs from small blocks of ice. A touch of chilled Suntory whiskey polishes the surface of the ice and gives a beautiful shine to the sculpture.

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