A traditional method of fishing practiced for hundreds of years in Japan, called ukai, involves flames and cormorants. Sounds way more fun than a fishing pole or net, right?! The fishermen place a large basket full of fire out over the water, and as fish come near the surface, the fishermen release Japanese cormorants on leashes. The cormorants catch the fish and return them to the fishermen. There’s a great photo essay on PhotoTravels.com about this now-rare fishing method:
Japanese blogger Sumi_handy’s has captured ukai in a cool little scene:
Japanese builder Toshiya has posted another adorable cartoon character, this time from the TV show Kirarin Revolution.
Here’s Na-san, the cat:
Ahhh… Adorable! Who can resist sparkly eyes?
Behold the show’s theme song in all its YouTube glory (and tremble in fear!):
Anachronism works in many ways. Steampunk is one example, and incorporating Art Deco style into a space fighter is another, as Nathan Proudlove illustrates:
Chris Deck is one of my favorite builders in the mini and micro scales. He mostly builds Star Wars vehicles, but he recently posted an updated version of his Colonial Viper from the original Battlestar Galactica TV series:
While we’re at it, here’s Chris’ Galactica:
And a Cylon Raider:
Thank goodness for Vignette Bricks! I totally missed this awesome leprechaun in a vignette by Chad Ivany (aka Cyin/CAI):
My wife and I went to see the new Pixar movie, Cars, this weekend, so I was highly amused when I saw this little beauty, Rookie-of-the-Year Lightning McQueen, by Dave Teague:
Wow, this is one sweet car! I haven’t been this blown away for some time! That is one elegant creation. Look at that chrome, the sleek shiny blackness of it all!
Here’s the whole sleek gallery
Namo’s got a really nicely detailed train, the RhB Ge4-4 Krokodile:
Lego has made a set of this locomotive, but this creation easily out-shines the set. The plethora of detail is very fun. I especially like the use of clear 2×2 slopes on their sides as windows.
Here’s the whole on-track gallery
1816 has built a really sleek Mach 5:
I’ve never said this about a car before, but this is extremely swooshable! The excellent use of slopes in this creation is very sweet. Makes me want to get on the floor and drive it around under the dining room table…
Here’s the whole speedy gallery
What a great day for steampunk! Via RustyClank.com, here’s Ben Gorman’s steampunk walker: